Celebrating a quarter-century of minimalist beauty from Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus.
It’s been 25 years since Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus released their first 12”s as Basic Channel. The mysterious Berlin production duo and record label is synonymous with the birth of dub techno, and since releasing nine foundational records under the moniker in the mid-’90s, they’ve continued to iterate on that minimal sound. Their countless aliases and imprints all revolve around Ernestus’ legendary Hard Wax record shop in the city’s Kreuzburg neighborhood, which shares a warehouse with the pair’s famous Dubplates & Mastering facility.
Ahead of the Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin this month, Todd Osborn pays tribute to von Oswald and Ernestus’ enormous impact on the city’s techno scene. “Some of these labels, like Main Street, were supposed to be more Chicago house, and Burial Mix and Rhythm & Sound were reggae-influenced, but they all have this minimal dub techno ambience,” Osborn says. “As I go through a lot of these songs on these different labels, I think you’ll hear the glue that ties it all together.”