Paul Kalkbrenner, Tatü-Tata

Philip Sherburne

By Philip Sherburne

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Evil has never sounded so seductive.

Paul Kalkbrenner is one of Bpitch's most prolific artists: he's done three full-length albums and six EPs for the label, which also released his Reworks collection featuring remixes from scenesters like Agoria, Michael Mayer and the Wighnomy Brothers. About Kalkbrenner I essentially have two words to say, or one if you're counting closely: "Gebrünn Gebrünn." When I heard Kalkbrenner play this live at a full-to-bursting club in Barcelona, the tune's whitecapped squalls tossed me so violently that I wanted to throw myself from the balcony in a fit of sublimity — I kid you not. An enormous, tympani-heavy breakbeat, a greasy analog shimmer, the sleighbells of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, chicken-scratch guitar and a gargantuan saxophone riff all come together to make one of the most massive tracks I've ever heard — and that's before some kind of Motown-inspired huffing and puffing threatens to blow the whole unstable structure into a quivering pile of reeds and ash. Bpitch has never shied away from the over-the-top; with this song, the label essentially dons a black cloak, hops a broomstick and changes its name to "Bwitch Control." Evil never sounded so seductive.