TJ Hertz’s music as Objekt is constantly in flux, flexing and spring-boarding acrobatically around conventional genre tropes. Since making his name with his reinterpretation of dubstep in 2011, breaking free of stylistic shackles has proved to be fertile ground for Hertz. In the years since, his singular approach to sound design and his productions’ extraordinary attention to detail – most notably on last year’s debut album Flatland – makes use of electronic music’s full spectrum to find new and imaginative shapes.
Arguably, though, it’s more recently that he has been brought into sharp focus as a selector. In the past few years, a flawless run of mixes has earned him a reputation as a killer DJ, and Hertz’s performances have been standout experiences for Crack staff too. From full throttle intensity in disused jail cells in Bristol, to intense, sudoriferous sessions at Welsh festival Freerotation, to illuminating Sunday explorations of the boundaries of the Berghain dancefloor, hearing his morphing textures has always been a thrill for us.
To put it simply, he’s one of our favourite DJs, so who better to complete our 100th mix? A playful selection of whiplash techno, electro and the spaces in-between, it’s indicative of his adventurous approach to selection, as well as why he’s celebrated as one of the key figures keeping dance music resolutely facing forward.
Objekt performs at Oasis Festival, Marrakech, 16-18 September