- Tue, 2010-08-31 16:41
In the mid to late 80s Techno was born in Detroit. Melting electronica derived from pioneering European acts such as Kraftwerk, with the funk from Parliament, the Chicago House scene and a hefty sweep of fictional futuristic imagery, this weighty slice of dance music began to spread with a pre-occupation toward the transference of the bodily spirit to the machine...
With a UK identity for techno established amongst more mainstream audiences as Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit was released in 1988, the synthetic sound spread, moving hand in hand with the development of clubbing culture. Germany paralleled this development, with illegal party venues and free underground techno raves exploding following the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9th 1989.
Though the primary techno venues in Germany centred themselves in Berlin (Planet, Der Bunker and Tresnor), the party scene naturally spread further afield. Cue the 1993 opening of Delirium, a techno record store in Cologne. In 1998 Delirium became Kompakt - combining several existing labels, the record store, distributor and party organisers.
Kompakt has since gone on to make a huge impact upon electronic music, more recently fusing elements of trance into minimal techno. It's history is well documented in its popular annual compilation the Total series, featuring exclusives from the biggest Kompakt artists, promising new comers and the latest Kompakt vinyl releases. Total 1 was released in 1999 and now....Total 11 has arrived.
The guys at Kompakt had the following to say;
The time has come and we are now into the double digits. It’s a privilege to think that its now over 12 years ago that we, KOMPAKT remain still not only as we started as a record store and label but also a distribution home for over 40 record labels, booking agency for our proud family of DJ’s and acts, plus a publishing and management house.
An absolutely packed compilation...highlights include label boss Wolfgang Voigt's journey through minimal techno, Michael Mayer's first solo production for years, The Field demonstrating his passion for Krautrock, a psychedelic techno haze from 15 year old Copenhagen duo Jatoma, plus a collaboration via emo-techno from Brazil's Gui Boratto and ex-Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera...
1. DJ Koze – Der Wallach
2. Jatoma – Helix
3. Jürgen Paape – Mensch und Maschine
4. Ada & Heiko Voss – Walk Over
5. Matias Aguayo – Rollerskate (Sanfuentes & Thunders Version)
6. Superpitcher – Lapdance
7. Justus Köhncke – I Wouldn´t Wanna Be Like You
8. Mugwump – Losing Game
9. It’s a Fine Line – Eins Fine Grind
10. The Field – Caroline
11. Sog – Silbereisen
12. Sebastien Bouchet – St. Anne
13. Wolfgang Voigt – Robert Schumann / Clara Wieck
14. Jörg Burger – Sparwasser
1. Thomas Fehlmann – Wasser im Fluss (Soulphiction Mix)
2. Michael Mayer – Picanha Frenesi
3. Gui Boratto feat. Iggor Cavalera – Plié
4. Robag Wruhme – Rollmoff
5. Jonas Bering – For Yves
6. Walls – Hang Four (Allez-Allez Mix)
7. Popnoname – Hello Gorgeous
8. Maxime Dangles – Dysnoptik
9. Coma – Bruxelles
10. Pachanga Boys – Power
11. GusGus – Hateful (Ada feat. Mayburg Mix)
12. The Three Lions – You´ll Win Again