Tresor Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Along with Ostgut Ton, Tresor Records is the label that has defined the sound of Berlin techno more than perhaps any other. Sound-wise the pair are two sides of the same coin. While Ostgut productions are often spacious and dubby, Tresor Records tend to have more of a psychedelic quality to them, their hypnotic grooves offset by seasick arpeggios and modulars. This might be something to do with the clubs they’re tethered to - O-Ton is twinned with the cavernous Berghain, but Tresor shares its name from the brightly-lit mega-club located in Berlin’s Mitte district. In that space, needling techno tunes work very well indeed.
Since it launched in 1991, some of the greatest names in club music history have dropped records via Tresor. While Berlin is the label’s beating heart, there is also an international feel to the Tresor roster: Detroit dons such as Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Juan Atkins sit alongside Chilean innovator Cristian Vogel; the UK has contributed Midlands hardheads Si Begg and Surgeon; Pacou reps for Deutschland. While these artists all have their own distinct styles, their sounds tend to streamline when dropping on Tresor - there are few other labels who produce such distinctive and instantly-recognisable DJ tools.