25 years later, it’s a timeless and infectious combination that packs no less of a punch. Opener ‘19’ wastes little time with its skeletal drum patterns and ample bassline, setting the tone for ‘Ostbahnhof’, a tense and techno-centric homage to a certain Berlin clubbing institution. As ever, Kittin and The Hacker wear their influences proudly, channeling everything from moody Drexciyan electro on ‘Retrovision’ and ‘Soyouz’, crunchy post-punk on ‘La Cave’, acid on tracks like the groovy ‘Homme a la Mode’, or euphoric New Wave on ‘Purist’, with its chorus seemingly lifted straight from a forgotten ‘80s club anthem.
“We got back to the core of what we were doing, and what we do best’ the duo explain. ‘Electro storytelling. No compromise, no self-censorship, the contrast of poetry and irony.”
Whichever route they choose, Kittin and The Hacker provide an education in low-fuss, high impact pop music, built with the bare essentials and ripe for the dancefloor.