Efdemin Metropolis, Montreal QC, June 1

Efdemin Metropolis, Montreal QC, June 1
Photo: Dustin Morris
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Phillip Sollmann (aka Efdemin) entered the stage to a full house on the final night of MUTEK's 2013 residency at Metropolis. Audience had seen an plethora of unique setups over the course of the festival, but the acclaimed producer came armed with just a pair of CDJs, two turntables and a bag full of wax. It took Sollmann a few tracks to find his groove. Records drifted slightly while he set the tone with a selection of deep hypnotic acid, but then, the Berlin native proceeded to smash out a hefty dose of chugging techno that kept the room electric during the early morning hours. It quickly became a test of stamina: Efdemin remained animated behind the decks, teasing the audience by mimicking sounds and signalling incoming layers in the mix. The linear format was complemented with a few classics that only an experienced curator could work in so effortlessly. It was a fierce display by Sollmann, concluding MUTEK's Nocturne 4 showcase with a set fit for Berghain.

Read an interview with Sollmann here.