Choosing to part company with Ellen Allien's Berlin-based BPitch Control label at the end of 2009, veteran techno producer Kalkbrenner has been going it alone in 2010 and doing a pretty good job, concentrating on live shows rather than releases at present. But for all his technical prowess and production skills, Kalkbrenner prefers to keep it painfully simple when it comes to, well, speaking, offering only this lone nugget of wisdom when reflecting on the past 365 days. "It has been a year full of surprises and new dimensions in every aspect.... mostly good ones." What those surprises were will remain shrouded in ambiguity, but it seems fair to assume that they could include his sold-out European tour and the upcoming release of his live documentary, scheduled for the end of the year, which will feature footage from 10 live shows of said tour. Kalkbrenner is no stranger to things of a filmic nature, having soundtracked and starred in the cult 2008 flick 'Berlin Calling', depicting a DJ in the thick of the city's clubbing debauchery. But Kalkbrenner remains a musician at heart, with 15 years of experience helping him to nail his own sound, built around big, lush melodies and subtle click-house beats, reminiscent of a clubbier Gui Boratto. As well as a new studio album planned, 2011 will see Kalkbrenner attempting to recreate the solid success of his 2010 live performances, with a second European tour. As for specifics, well, Kalkbrenner is again keeping schtum, the scoundrel, but it'll no doubt be worth investigating.