Come out from behind those sofas, because here’ one Dalek that’ not going to exterminate you. This Dalek – Corvin Dalek, to be precise – has got nothing to do with impossibly long-scarved doctors, robotic dogs and police boxes. He is, in fact, the originator of the post-techno phenomenon, know as Wet & Hard and his style is described as ‘the throbbing pulse of the pornoground’. More ‘Matron!’ than ‘Doctor!’ don’tcha think?
Born and bred in beautiful Budapest, young Mr Dalek has come a long way from his first gig in a disused railway station on the outskirts of Bodrog (not funny) back in ‘88. Since then, he’ had his fingers in all the pies, so to speak, plying his trade as a DJ, Producer-Remixer, Designer and Promoter.
It was in 1999 that Corvin started to make a name for himself, co-producing and mixing the seminal ‘E for Europe’, which won rave reviews for its inventiveness and humour. In the following months, he was asked to mix the third Assorted Compilation. He chose the theme of Berlin in the future. Entitled ‘Stadtansichten’, it presented a selection of musical styles and was dedicated to the ‘trummerfrauen’ of Berlin (the girls who rebuilt the city by hand after World War II).
The beginning of 2000 saw Corvin taking up residency at the notorious Excess club. Known for its ‘open-minded’ crowd, Dalek’ hip-thrusting drums and powerfully pumping basslines added fuel to the fires of the frisky Fritz and encouraged the return of the infamous Berlin decadent scene, with wet & hard as its soundtrack.
A month or so later, Corvin established, together with Mark Reeder, the MFS sub-label Flesh, created to concentrate on exploring new music from the European underground. Using this to develop the wet & hard sound, Flesh released a no-holes-barred, liberated musical form – thrilling, blatantly sexual and stylish.
With this theme running through his remix work, Corvin has recently worked on the classic Dr Motte & 3Phase track ‘Der Klang der Familie’ as well as tunes for Silver Planet, Alex Flatner, Power Dove and Tecra. He’ even found time to release the first wet & hard album on Flesh called, appropriately, ‘Hot Kunst’.
With the wet & hard scene spreading fast across Europe, it’ inevitable that this horny Hungarian with the sci-fi surname is about to make a huge impact on dance music. Hold onto the walls!
Corvin’ forthcoming release on SouthEast is his Deep and Stiff remix of the Renaissance classic Virtualmismos Mismoplastico out on 16th April.