Formed in 2012 by burgeoning Munich DJ duo Marvin and Valentino, Public Possession began as the collective DJ name for the pair but quickly became a cultural leviathan spanning multiple disciplines. Amongst many things it’s a record store, a showcase spot for local DJs, a clothing brand, a graphics workshop, and of course a label. Rolling out a stellar output of left-field house, techno and disco that pulls influence from a range of sources since 2013, names on their roster include big hitters such as Bell Towers and Samo DJ. In the spirit of the label, Public Possession’s second compilation is a similarly eclectic affair, featuring contributions from Marvin, Valentino and Beni Brachtel AKA Bartellow‘s collaborative Tambien project, as well as label stablemates Rhode & Brown, Mr. Tophatt and Obalski.
Kicking off the A-side is Tambien’s ‘Collagelinger’, introducing a soothing synth drone while single-hit acid squelches sit at the back of the mix atop a 4×4 kick. ’80s siren-synths eventually settle into a motif as Casio keyboard vocal samples bebop amid metallic bass interjections as record scratches with long delay trains add texture. Rhodes & Brown continue the ’80s pastiche feel with A2’s ‘Black Cardigan’. A chuggier affair sitting around the 110 bpm mark, rhythmic 808 work and ethereal synth whirrs set the backdrop for a searing electric guitar lick that paves the way for low pass filtered bass and high pass filtered vocal stabs. A 4-note upper end siren-like groove enters the fray, maintaining a consistent motif that anchors the rest of the track for the duration.
On the flip side, Mr Tophat’s ‘Taxi Tbilsi’ harks back to the Kraftwerk classic, ‘The Telephone Call’. Ringing phones and hang-up dial tones weave in and out of a percussive backdrop, eventually giving way to metallic, ring-modulated thrusting notes. The driving bass lends the track a sense of urgency until it develops into a chorus of congas, background spoken word samples and further telephone tones. Marking itself apart from the rest of the EP with the subby-ness of it’s opening 4×4 kick is Obalski’s ‘Achim’. Snare and clap work snaps in and out of place effortlessly as a growling Italo bassline eventually jumps the drum work and grunts in place for the duration of the track.
The Serie A Compilation is out now on Public Possession – buy the vinyl direct from the label.