081 | idealist – defective units

Being an idealist is noble and deserves endorsement. That is exactly the belief of our Zurich-based artist Bernhard Gietz (better known as “Berni”), who releases wonderful tracks in between dub techno and house under this moniker (“Idealist”) since a few years on labels such as Deep In Dub or Dreiton. His latest release on Broque, the Defective Units EP, is dedicated to the little flaws, imperfections and surprises one has to face when working with analogue devices such as the ones from the Roland TB family. What leads us to another one of Berni’s big and longstanding passions: Acid. However, Berni’s tracks are far from culminating into wild 303-infernos, but embed acid lines in a very elegant manner into floating dub techno grooves. While some tracks lean more towards their Basic Channel roots, others embrace warm Detroit techno soul, but they always manage to nonchalantly close the gap between contemporary club standards and the retrospective view into dub techno history. In between these explorations, Idealist also sneaked in “Bad Times”, a true hymn made of deep after hour nu-disco sounds together with heartwarming and shyly filtered hooklines, which provides the perfect soundtrack for welcoming the sunrise after a good night out. Who would have thought that the courage to embracing imperfectionism could lead to such a perfect release?


  1. defective unit I
  2. defective unit II
  3. bad times
  4. d-u-f-b
  5. defective unit III
  6. Download .zip-file


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some feedbacks:
Jamie Stevens (Infusion) Defective III for me… VERY nice indeed. – Regen (Ilian Tape) Not for me. – Zarko Lelovac bad times is my favourite – Jonas Kopp (Curle) cool release ! – Seph (Dumb Unit/Harry Klein) Unit 1 and bad times are cool. – David Pher good. Thanks. – Justin Sloe this is how we chill from 93 ‚til – Arnaud Le Texier (Safari Electronique) nice one!!! Some good acid tracks! – cormac (WYS!/BPitch/fabric) (WetYourSelf (Fabric)) unit 111 is great – Slam (Soma Records) cool acidic action – thanx – Matt Walsh (Clouded Vision) unit III for me! – Mark EG (Tilllate Magazine/Core Magazine) Yup, love the acid! – The Black Dog Will give these a spin. – Sasha (Renaissance) some nice acid lines here – Luciano Sambati (Fabric London) Really nice ep… will play this a lot! – Werner Niedermeier (Broque) Love the acid. Defective Unit II and III have a nice build up. Bad Times is not Bad also – Found Sounds (Dj Mag) Like this especially Bad Times… – Friends Electric Records Super release, love defective unit 1 and 2. Many thanks J Alexander – Machines Are Funky Blog (Ibiza Voice/Resident Advisor) Superior sounding acid – Music Matters (Pulse Radio) Good – Kirk Degiorgio love the Defective Unit tracks! – Echologist (Steadfast) (Echologist) yeah, feeling this release. will play. – DJ Tronic Defective Unit I is the track for me. Nice and deep. – Jeff Roll (gradientmagazine.com) cool tunes – Claude VonStroke (Mothership/Dirty Bird) DL For VonStroke – Mik Santoro (Afrosoup) „bad times“ for me, thanks. – Zecapx (Swap Recordings) Cool release. – MCD magazine / WTM radio show (MCD Magazine) wtm still in the area… playlist is coming soon, as usual ;) – Benoît Carretier (Tsugi) not so so for me – Hrdvsion (Wagon Repair) quite nice!!! thanks! – Pig & Dan (Cocoon) Quality release as usual, really liked the bass in badtimes – Angel Molina ( Sonar / Tresor ) don´t know.. I´ll listen to it more carefully, thanks. – DJ Javimar (DJ Mag Spain) very nice ep. – Sebastian Roya (Connaisseur) thanks – DJ Nori (Posivision) Cool release!! Defective Unit I is ACE!! – Signal Deluxe (Blaq Records) old school acid vibes! love it :) – Electric Indigo Average – Ilario Alicante (Cocoon) very cool release! support.for me,track 2 and 3. – Paul Brtschitsch (Paul Brtschitsch & Mr. Rod/Rootknox) defective unit III is my choice.. thank you! – Butane (Alphahouse / Little Helpers / Crosstown Rebels) (Alphahouse/Butane + Someone Else/Crosstown Rebels) sick. – Toni Rios (Cocoon Recordings) will test unit III. thanx. – Konrad Black UNIT III is the banger for me here. Thanks. – Frank Martiniq really nice ep! – Benna Schneider (Harry Klein) the defective unit tracks are cool and i absolutel love the soul of sample in bad times – M.A.N.D.Y, Booka Shade, DJ T. promo assistant will download. thank you for good music! – Philipp Bullwein (De:Bug) I like, cheers. – Bleed (De:Bug) considering for review – Abi Bah (H-Productions) Im totally down with the fabulous Acid House sound of Defective Unit3 – Mario Robles (Zaber Riders) great ep, love the acid 303!! – Cosmin TRG Very elegant indeed, nice one. – DJ Jerome (Outland Records) sweet! – Remote Area, Casbah rec! Great ep here! will play some of these gems