Two DJs, one tracklist. Probably for the first time in the history of dance music a release focuses on extracting the pure sound signature of the DJ. When the tracks to choose from are limited to one playlist, the sequencing decisions and mix styles of the DJs reveal their individualities. As well as the different possibilities the music allows when formed into one continuous stream. MACROSPECTIVE is the first conceptual double mix offering a 1 on 1 comparison of the art of DJing with two masters of the craft. But you’ll also love it for being a comprehensive retrospective of one of the most intriguing contemporary label catalogues in electronic music.
The two mixes by Macro founders Stefan Goldmann and Finn Johannsen highlight key works of the label (including poll winners THE MAZE, LAW OF RETURN, ARCADE & LUNATIC FRINGE), bringing out the versatility and individuality of each track. Great music allows for more than a single interpretation. Who could better suggest one than the A&Rs behind Macro and the resident DJs at the label’s former residency at Berlin’s legendary Berghain club.
Finn Johannsen’s mix is a one-take live journey through build-ups, peaks and comedowns, but also detours, distractions and surprises. Stefan Goldmann’s alternative take is a carefully constructed “architectural” mix, locking specific turning points of the tracks to form an 80 minutes dramatic composition of Macro’s essence.
By the way, both DJ mixes are vinyl mixes. In an era of dull mp3s, the aesthetics of Macro’s carefully cut record releases are the basis for this double album.