Made up of old favourites and new discoveries, Objekt favours flow and feel here, as he's chosen tracks that help move the mix forward rather than as a way to showcase how hip his record collection is. Clocking in at 75 minutes, Kern Vol. 3 moves from club-friendly bangers to retro techno and headphone-ready experimental tracks, bringing the listener through peaks and valleys of sound while maintaining an icy and alien feel throughout.
Featuring 36 artists, there's nary a household name among the lot, as Objekt mines underground techno and trance classics from Future/Past, Thomas Heckman and the Space Brothers, alongside wiry electronic from up-and-comers like Beatrice Dillon, Ueno Masaaki and Machine Woman. Even when Objekt runs through a peculiar and challenging experimental dip around the 50-minute mark — only to return to a blend of vibrant techno — it's done with so much precision and thought that it's fully woven into the mix.
Kern Vol. 3 remains as the strongest entry in the young series, thanks to Objekt's vision and expert concern for quality control. (Tresor)