Ostgut Ton turns Zehn with label compilation and thirty new tracks.
It's been zehn years, ninetytwo 12"es, twenty albums, fourteen DJ mixes, seven Unterton releases, two compilations, one 7“ single and one cassette. Within this time, Ostgut Ton has grown as a label not only in terms of catalogue numbers and musical variety, but also in terms of experience, professionality and as a musical haven for Berghain's and Panorama Bar's residents. But so much for looking backwards.Because in times where young people are discovering Techno and House for the very first time and others are rediscovering the genre that has been defining popular and club culture for well over thirty years, many think pieces these days seem very much obsessed with the exploration and idealisation of dance music's past. Ostgut Ton founder and former label manager Nick Hoppner reflected on this topic with his recent Folk album (Ostgut Ton, 2015) – Techno and House music with their respective derivatives are “tried and tested – loved for exactly what (they are)." Moving forward the thirty exclusive tracks on Ostgut Ton | Zehn only look back twice in form of one new edit and one new ambient version of Ostgut Ton back catalogue tracks.Ostgut Ton | Zehn is not intended to be nostalgia, not a best of ten years, not a testament of Ostgut Ton's past. It's an adult statement of the label's status quo as well as a glimpse of what's forthcoming – at the end of a decade, on the brink of the future. While the preceding anniversary compilation Funf (Ostgut Ton, 2010) was more of a conceptual release (using field recordings from inside Berghain as the source material), Ostgut Ton | Zehn was conceived and commissioned with as much of creative freedom as possible for the artists involved.