Artist

Ben Klock

A techno producer who thrives most when using stripped-down tracks shaded with darker hues, Berlin's Ben Klock debuted in 1998 as Ben E.

Clock with a 12" on his own short-lived Clockworks label. His modest beginning continued with a 2000 12" on WMF, but in 2003 he released a pair of singles -- "Glow" and "Tag der Arbeit" -- on Ellen Allien's BPitch Control. That allegiance significantly increased his exposure. After a pair of releases on BPitch sublabel Memo, Klock and Marcel Dettmann collaborated on the 2006 maiden release for Ostgut, the label branch of Berlin's Berghain nightclub. Successive Ostgut singles, especially February 2007's "Czeslawa"/"Warszawa," ramped up the anticipation for the first Klock full-length. One, the third production album released on Ostgut (following almost universally praised releases from Shed and Prosumer + Murat Tepeli), was issued in March 2009. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi