“Propelled by drums, unrelenting bass lines, plenty of peaks and just enough lulls to take the listener on a journey in just under ten minutes; „Mechatronik I“ is a huge triumph for the German trio” – EARMILK
Live techno act KOMFORTRAUSCHEN have announced the release of their new EP Expander which was released on 16th of October 2020. The band is well known on the Berlin circuit and have played the iconic Kantine am Berghain, opened for MEUTE on their European Tour, as well as a slew of performances at festivals across Europe and the US such as the legendary Seebühne Closing at the Fusion Festival 2019, MS Dockville, Reeperbahn Festival, Eurosonic Noorderslag and SXSW. The single was mastered by Lad Agabekov of Caduceus Studios (whose previous associations include the likes of Octave One, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Oliver Deutschmann) and mixed by Kassian Troyer (who has worked with Pan American, Fennesz and Jan Jelinek). Their previous single ‘Mechatronik’ received support from the likes of EARMILK and Electronic Groove.
The men behind the mania are Tim Sarhan (drums), Laurenz Karsten (guitar) and Phillip Oertel (bass) – three precision-obsessed control freaks who have honed their craft of playing live techno on instruments with German perfection. All three have spent the better part of ten years as professional musicians, skillfully converting their mechanical energy into unrestrained, hedonistic techno.
KOMFORTRAUSCHEN draw influence from a wide sonic palette – from Modeselektor and Robert Hood, to Trentemøller and Richie Hawtin. They create the powerful sound of a DJ set in their own analogue fashion using traditional instruments filtered through an impressive array of pedals and effects, the end result comparable to acts such as Surgeon, Tale of Us and Agents of Time.
The live techno act returned with a vengeance with their latest single, ‘Nemo’. KOMFORTRAUSCHEN measure their soundscapes with precision, ensuring each note that reaches the listener’s ears is carefully thought out and placed. The impenitent trio allow the sound to create a driving energy in the room, perfect for any hedonistic environment. The band create analogue techno music with traditional instruments, filtered through an impressive array of pedals and effects and resulting in an unparalleled sound that leaves the listener breathless.