The closure of Berlin open-air paradise Sisyphos was cause for concern last July, though it turns out it was only a brief sojourn, with the former East Berlin factory reopening prior to Christmas as a fully legitimate space. It’s part of the a trend of the city’s wilder clubbing outposts linking up with the establishment, rather than working around it. With Sisyphos now open once again for more of it’s infamous three-day marathon parties, it’s also launching a label of the same name, with a debut release from resident DJ and veteran dance journo Jonty Skrufff.
Skrufff’s lead single ‘Stiletto’ is a functinal dancefloor record to its core, and one that doesn’t mess around. A beastly banger with plenty of drive, its rumbling bass delivers an uncomplicated appeal, the huge breakdown at the three-minute point in acting as a prelude to a heavy thunderclap of bass that propels it even further in its final minutes. Straight-up and plenty of fun.
There’s a few remixes on offer on the ‘Stilletto’ EP for an alternative slant. Former Trouw resident Patrice Baumel delivers a driving, slow-burn techno take on the original, UK crew Idiotproof offer up a quirky tech-house refit, while Jamie Anderson does the best job out of all them with a somewhat deeper affair.
For the most part, the remixes get the job done without being particularly remarkable. However, Skrufff’s original is a banger that’s already proved its worth on the warehouse dancefloor of Sisyphos’ main room, making it a fitting launch point for the new label.