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Vakant Records represents the German Berlin based label for minimal techno founded by Alex Knoblauch and Stephan Bolch. Solely run by Alex Knoblauch since 2009.

Welcome to Vakant. At least since the Sex Pistols, "vacant" has been, well, not so pretty a term, signifying the empty, the shallow, the vacuous: the hollow men, with holes for hearts and heads. But Berlin's Vakant label gives the word a new meaning.

Like so many electronic labels—kompakt, warp, and ~scape among them— Vakant refuses to take space at face value, choosing instead to put a kink in the works, a kick where you least expect it, a cold compress on an 808 heatwave. At its simplest, "Vakant" might stand for the spaces left between the beats.

This is, after all, a "minimal" label, where melody's a thing less glaring than glanced at, where every beat is bracketed by another, be it brother, ghost, or doppelgänger. You groove to the 4/4 inevitable, you glom to the handclaps on the 2 and 4, regular as Greenwich Mean.

But the swerve is in the spaces left unsaid and the hiccups that make a ritual out of happenstance. (Classical music has its accidentals; Techno, born of African drumming and cranky machines, takes the idea into a new, rhythmic realm, and Vakant's riding shotgun the whole way.)

But Vakant is also—and more importantly—a label that leaves that crucial space for the very idea of "minimal" to develop, that recognizes its place in a lineage (after all, we've been doing this minimal thing since Rob Hood, people; since baby ford, since "Baby Wants to Ride").


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Tolga Fidan Lone, Convextion Rmx

Tolga Fidan

Lone, Convextion Rmx

Release date: 15.09.2017
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Premiesku Seria

Premiesku

Seria

Release date: 03.07.2017
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Avatism I Was Warned About People Like Us

Avatism

I Was Warned About People Like Us

Release date: 22.05.2017
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Non-operational People Organic Transmission

Non-operational People

Organic Transmission

Release date: 17.10.2016
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Sons Of Tiki Mystery Shapes Of The Third Movement

Sons Of Tiki

Mystery Shapes Of The Third Movement

Release date: 04.07.2016
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Nico Purman Pattern Recognition

Nico Purman

Pattern Recognition

Release date: 23.05.2016
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Livio & Roby Delta Reshape

Livio & Roby

Delta Reshape

Release date: 11.04.2016
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Cesare Vs Disorder Vortex To Unreason (Cristi Cons Rmx)

Cesare Vs Disorder

Vortex To Unreason (Cristi Cons Rmx)

Release date: 11.05.2015
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nico purman tuesday (Back in!)

nico purman

tuesday (Back in!)

Release date: 07.05.2015
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avatism constants ep

avatism

constants ep

Release date: 15.03.2015
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Clockwork & Avatism Conducting The Method, Dead Heat Remix

Clockwork & Avatism

Conducting The Method, Dead Heat Remix

Release date: 12.09.2014
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Premiesku Pe Dos Ep, Avatism, Sons Of Tiki Rmxs

Premiesku

Pe Dos Ep, Avatism, Sons Of Tiki Rmxs

Release date: 05.08.2014
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Quantum Entanglement Acid Thunder / Need You

Quantum Entanglement

Acid Thunder / Need You

Release date: 25.06.2014
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