PANTHA DU PRINCE - BENDIK HK
The duo of electronic producers behind the Bell Laboratory
WhenFri. 27 Mar, 2020
his Pantha du Prince material, which is characterized by its downcast and dark tone, as well as by its minimal and experimental tendencies
German techno producer Hendrik Weber recorded under numerous monikers over the years, including Glühen 4 and Panthel, yet Pantha du Prince became his most well known and celebrated. Weber aligned with Dial -- a Hamburg-based experimental techno label helmed by Carsten Jost, Turner, and Lawrence -- to release his Pantha du Prince material, which is characterized by its downcast and dark tone, as well as by its minimal and experimental tendencies.
He made his debut as Pantha du Prince with a four-track 12" release, Nowhere (2002), followed a couple years later by a full-length CD/double LP, Diamond Daze (2004). The album garnered considerable acclaim, with some critics gleefully pointing out Weber's affinity for late-'80s British shoegaze bands such as Slowdive, Moose, Ride, and My Bloody Valentine. His affinity for Detroit techno (à la Carl Craig) and minimal techno (Chain Reaction) was evident as well. (...)
In 2013, he released his fourth album, Elements of Light -- a collaboration with Norway's Bell Laboratory. Three years later, he returned with the new single "The Winter Hymn" (featuring Queens, aka Scott Mou). The track was the lead cut to his fifth album, The Triad, which was released by Rough Trade in May of 2016. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
Bendik HK (Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg) is a Norwegian drummer, composer and producer composing for dance and theatre pieces as well as touring as a drummer/percussionist. He started working with Pantha Du Prince (Hendrik Weber) as part of the Bell Laboratory, which lead to further collaborations with The Triad and writing music together in studio. In the last 6 years they have played at clubs and venues such as Berghain, Prima Vera Sound, legendary Pudel Club, Nuites Sonores and Mutek. Bendik HK released his ﬁrst music as a solo artist in 2018, the 10 minute long slow ride "Indigo Interceptor”, taking its name from the legendary car Jensen Interceptor, followed by the singel “Silver 912” and the EP “Depot” in 2019.
He is currently releasing his music on the Oslo based label and creative collective Mutual Intentions (hosting acts such as Ivan Ave, Fredfades, Jawn Rice and Byron The Aquarius). Last year he started touring live, playing venues and festivals such as the great Øya Festival, Boiler Room and Red Bull Music Festival. Bendik HK is currently writing new material, scheduled to release in March 2020.