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Umfang EP
   
Umfang - (7:50) 62 BPM
   
Kupfer - (8:25) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Am Raster - (6:32) 62 BPM
   
Gemach, Gemach Herr Rabe - (5:53) 62 BPM
KOMPAKT 438 D
05 Aug 22
Techno
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Matrix (Sofia Kourtesis Remix)
   
Matrix (Sofia Kourtesis remix) - (6:44) 62 BPM
KOMPAKT 451. 3
24 Jun 22
Experimental/Electronic
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NFT
   
NFT - (4:50) 65 BPM
   
NFT (Tricky Disco remix) - (6:16) 65 BPM
   
NFT (Justus Kohncke version) - (5:42) 65 BPM
   
NFT (Michael Wells a.k.a. G.T.O. remix) - (6:16) 65 BPM
KOMPAKT 452D
10 Jun 22
Experimental/Electronic
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So Deep
   
So Deep - (6:45) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Deeper Shades - (6:34) 125 BPM
   
March Of Freedom - (6:47) 126 BPM
KOMPAKT 448 D
27 May 22
Deep House
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Interstellar Cowboy
   
Interstellar Cowboy - (6:53) 63 BPM
   
Interstellar Cowboy (Gui Boratto remix) - (5:39) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Interstellar Cowboy (edit) - (3:22) 63 BPM
Review: Following up the excellent "Blu" a couple of months ago, Southern Italian duo Agents Of Time are back on Cologne"s esteemed Kompakt Records with another electrifying adventure through future disco sounds on the suitably titled "Interstellar Cowboy". An eagerly anticipated release, this neon-lit vocal number has caused a huge buzz online the last several weeks, and we just know it"s going to be one of the biggest anthems over the forthcoming summer. Label staple Gui Borrrato from Brazil steps in for remix duties, in addition to a handy edit.
KOMPAKT 453. 2
20 May 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Jesus Was An Alien
   
The Tragedy Of CG - (1:20) 108 BPM
   
Perel & Marie Davidson - "Jesus Was An Alien" - (7:56) 62 BPM
   
Real - (5:18) 62 BPM
   
Hunger - (0:47) 60 BPM
   
Matrix - (6:08) 61 BPM
   
Religion - (2:30) 64 BPM
   
The Principle Of Vibration - (5:13) 62 BPM
   
Kill The System - (6:23) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Life Aquatic - (1:44) 60 BPM
   
Am Kanal - (4:38) 60 BPM
KOMPAKT 451 D
13 May 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Sound Of Mind Remixes
   
Exit Station (Club version) - (6:29) 64 BPM
   
El Multiverse (Wata Igarashi remix) - (6:43) 66 BPM
   
Droid Solo (Extrawelt remix) - (4:50) 62 BPM
   
Droid Solo (Extrawelt Radical remix) - (5:15) 62 BPM
Review: Egyptian-born, Barcelona-based DJ and techno producer Raxon released Sound Of Mind in late 2021. Like many albums released during the pandemic, Raxon's debut album was a product of the unique social situation the planet has found itself caught within. Now we have some revised selections from the LP offered up here by German powerhouse Kompakt, with a new club version of "Exit Station", while "El Multiverse" receives a intensely cerebral redux by Japanese hypnotic techno merchant Wata Igarashi, and German minimal electro/'maximal' stalwarts Extrawelt get onboard for two renditions of "Droid Solo".
KOMPAKT 433. 3
08 Apr 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Jesus Was An Alien
   
Jesus Was An Alien (radio edit) - (4:51) 62 BPM
   
Jesus Was An Alien (Club edit) - (7:56) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jesus Was An Alien (Club edit instrumental) - (7:56) 62 BPM
KOMPAKT 451. 1
30 Mar 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Blu
   
Blu - (4:54) 63 BPM
   
Blu (Joseph Capriati remix) - (9:11) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
KOMPAKT 453. 1
25 Mar 22
Experimental/Electronic
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1243
   
Escape - (6:12) 68 BPM
   
You Are The - (4:46) 95 BPM
   
Taciturn - (4:48) 88 BPM
   
All The Wild Animals - (5:03) 51 BPM
   
Home - (5:22) 76 BPM
KOMPAKT 446D
18 Mar 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Cha Cha Club
   
Cha Cha Club - (5:07) 128 BPM
   
Die Frau, Die Nach Deutz Ging - (6:23) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
KOMPAKT 439D
04 Mar 22
Techno
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Blooming
   
Loving You - (2:59) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Honey Rain - (3:29) 64 BPM
   
Thunder - (2:43) 53 BPM
   
Tangled Up In Deep Blue - (1:41) 95 BPM
   
Surf You - (3:34) 54 BPM
KOMPAKT 443 =D
18 Feb 22
Experimental/Electronic
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All The Wild Animals
   
All The Wild Animals - (5:03) 51 BPM
   
All The Wild Animals (Acid Pauli Let Them Be Naked remix) - (7:05) 51 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
All The Wild Animals (Acid Pauli full vocal remix) - (7:05) 51 BPM
   
All The Wild Animals (instrumental) - (5:03) 51 BPM
KOMPAKT 4462
11 Feb 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Real
   
Real - (5:18) 62 BPM
   
Spuistraat - (8:06) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Real (instrumental) - (5:18) 62 BPM
KOMPAKT 447D
04 Feb 22
Experimental/Electronic
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ProMetal Fan Decor Only Product
   
This Is For Decor Only - (7:40) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Know What's Gone - (6:08) 61 BPM
   
Fan - (4:53) 60 BPM
KOMPAKT 442D
21 Jan 22
Experimental/Electronic
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Loving You
KOMPAKT 4431
19 Jan 22
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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You Know What's Gone
   
You Know What's Gone - (6:08) 61 BPM
KOMPAKT 4421
26 Nov 21
Experimental/Electronic
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I Feel Nothing EP
   
I Feel Nothing - (5:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Born To Fail - (3:56) 115 BPM
   
Groef - (5:26) 54 BPM
Review: New on Cologne powerhouse Kompakt this week is Dutch duo Erik Buschmann & Wannes Salome aka Ramses, who some may know from their work in Amsterdam-based outfit Klangstof. The I Feel Nothing EP is made up of three tracks tied by their shared sense of ethereal timelessness and ample versatility. From the emotive and dub-inflected deep house of the title track, to the hypnotic melody on the mellowed and low slung house jam "Born To Fail" and the cinematic subterranean murmurs of the sombre closing track "Groef".
KOMPAKT 441D
05 Nov 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Year Of The Living Dead (Remixes)
   
Abbot Of Burton (Plaid remix) - (4:09) 95 BPM
   
Sheltered (John Tejada's Year Later mix) - (5:03) 65 BPM
   
Panacea (Lawrence remix) - (7:23) 62 BPM
   
Echoes Of Life (Dntel remix) - (5:12) 63 BPM
Review: Earlier this year Kompakt legend and electronic music pioneer John Tejada saw the release of his Year Of The Living Dead LP - an open letter to what life was like in 2020. As doors and dancefloors in some parts of the world start to open up again, so do the remix packages to help facilitate the zombies out there! Delivering a sweet and dusty groove replete with beautiful keys, chords and resonating tones is a lush Lawrence mix of "Panacea" (feel that clap track) next to a boomy, stepping and positively ominous remake of "Echoes Of Life" by Dntel. Plaid throw down an electro, IDM and dub techno-inspired session in their remix of "Abbot Of Burton", next to Tejada's own rework of "Sheltered". Jack it like a zombie.
KOMPAKT 4283
01 Oct 21
Experimental/Electronic
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Kompakt: Total 21
Various
   
Jurgen Paape - "La Guitarra Romantica" - (5:41) 63 BPM
   
Michael Mayer - "Happy" - (6:02) 62 BPM
   
John Tejada - "Spectral Progressions" - (5:53) 60 BPM
   
Kollmorgen - "You Are The" (Patrice Bumel remix) - (7:11) 60 BPM
   
Captain Mustache - "Everything" (feat Play Paul) - (5:29) 62 BPM
   
Nicky Elisabeth - "Celeste" (Roman Flogel remix) - (8:03) 62 BPM
   
Sascha Funke - "Fasson" - (5:09) 63 BPM
   
Voigt & Voigt - "Nicht Mein Job" - (4:59) 62 BPM
   
Jonathan Kaspar - "Von Draussen" - (6:40) 61 BPM
   
Marc Romboy & C.A.R. - "I Am A Dancer" - (7:42) 62 BPM
   
Robag Wruhme - "No" - (6:56) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Bionaut - "Blue Sky Motor Lodge" - (5:32) 59 BPM
   
Gui Boratto - "Wake Up" - (6:21) 62 BPM
Review: Well, it's that time of year again when one of electronic music's finest labels presents another sonic soiree. Cologne powerhouse Kompakt serves up the 21st installment in their esteemed Total series featuring some the year's greatest hits and near misses, from their own roster and external artists but all curated in its distinct aesthetic throughout. Label staples such as Jurgen Paape appear with the balmy summer allure of "La Guitarra Romantica", label co-head Michael Mayer with the entrancing dancefloor drama of "Happy" and of course Voigt & Voigt on the paranoid afterhours minimal house of "Nicht Mein Job". Elsewhere, there's the ever reliable John Tejada making the mandatory appearance with the chilled contemplative beats of "Spectral Progressions", the always impressive Jonathan Kaspar being the label's best sound ambassador on the the deep techno epic "Von Draussen", the return of Gui Borrato on the glassy-eyed and bittersweet pop-inflections of "Wake Up" and newcomer Nicky Elisabeth with "Celeste" - which gets a slinky and hypnotic rework by the legend Roman Fluegel.
KOMPAKTCD 168D
24 Sep 21
Experimental/Electronic
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You Are The
   
You Are The - (4:46) 95 BPM
   
You Are The (Patrice Bumel mix) - (7:11) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
You Are The (instrumental) - (4:46) 95 BPM
KOMPAKT 4461
10 Sep 21
Experimental/Electronic
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Brainwave Technology
   
Brainwave Technology - (6:47) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gamma - (5:31) 110 BPM
   
Alpha - (7:02) 130 BPM
   
Device For The Young At Heart - (5:15) 115 BPM
Review: Since the Kompakt legend's heyday, Michael Mayer's music has been few and far between, however when something does land it's to be celebrated. The interim between Brainwave Technology and his last single, Higher, for Kompakt comes through what Mayer has described as a deep dive into the thorny terrain of artificial intelligence, transhumanism and posthumanism. Inspired by reading German philosopher Richard David Precht and 'watching hours of YouTube material by self-proclaimed prophets', Meyer keeps on a deep yet light hearted and progressive tip in tracks like "Alpha", to the subtle "Device For The Young At Heart". Mayer throws in something rougher and perhaps slightly Aphex-inspired via "Gamma", with "Brainwave Technology" itself the obvious hit here with its Dirtybird-esque bassline and electro rave elements. Michael Mayer meets Lex Fridman.
KOMPAKT 444D
27 Aug 21
Deep House
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Von Draussen
KOMPAKTCD 168.1
17 Aug 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Everything
   
Everything (feat Play Paul) - (5:27) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Everything (instrumental) - (5:27) 124 BPM
   
Pulsions Organiques - (5:09) 124 BPM
KOMPAKT 434D
30 Jul 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Sound Of Mind
   
Majestic - (2:33) 132 BPM
   
Flyby - (4:15) 142 BPM
   
Phantom Report - (5:30) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Droid Solo - (3:17) 50 BPM
   
Vice - (4:37) 123 BPM
   
Almost Human - (4:11) 126 BPM
   
Exit Station - (3:09) 126 BPM
   
Journey Mode - (3:37) 128 BPM
   
El Multiverse - (6:24) 130 BPM
   
Outworld - (5:42) 135 BPM
Review: Take a wander over the storied discography of Egytian producer Raxon and you'll find a most intriguing career. Across 10 years Raxon has graduated with flying colours on labels like Ellum Audio, Drumcode and Truesoul to Diynamic Music and Audiojack's Gruuv - and intriguingly still is his contribution to Kompakt Extra. This seems to have paved the way for Raxon's debut album - Sound Of Mind - which sees the artist throw down a gauntlet of industrialised, melodic, minimal and electrified sounds. With detuned vocal effects across the LP reflecting a classic Richie Hawtin context, Raxon combines the heavy vamp of a bassline in "El Multiverse" next to some downtempo warehouse beats in "Majestic" alongside skippier rhythms and euphoric melodies in "Journey Mode". A super fresh debut album from a most trusted artist that adds to not only Kompakt's legacy but his own.
KOMPAKT 433D
25 Jun 21
Breakbeat
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Melt
   
Those Who Plant - (5:45) 100 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rags - (3:28) 157 BPM
   
Walking Toward The End - (5:45) 157 BPM
   
Hollowed Out - (4:26) 138 BPM
   
Virga - (3:32) 160 BPM
   
Strewn All Over - (2:16) 88 BPM
   
Speaking Quietly - (5:18) 128 BPM
   
Of A Vessel - (4:33) 157 BPM
   
Almost Home - (3:16) 154 BPM
   
Stained Glass - (3:57) 155 BPM
KOMPAKT 437D
18 Jun 21
Ambient/Drone
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Auto Sequence Start
   
Auto Sequence Start - (6:11) 128 BPM
   
IV - (4:56) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Assemblers - (5:03) 126 BPM
   
Shining Rainbow - (5:58) 112 BPM
Review: Following up last year's excellent Frame Digging EP which just so happened to make our best of 2020 lists, New York-based producer Steve Moore of Zombi and Gianni Rossi and Lovelock fame returns to Cologne powerhouse Kompakt with the Auto Sequence Start EP. The title track with its emotive and high tech soul overtones is in the same league as legends like John Beltran or Neil Ollivierra, while the restrained dancefloor drama of "Assemblers" with its epic chord progression builds the tension and suspense just nicely before that massive drop. The glassy eyed and bittersweet ambience of "Shining Rainbow" closes it out.
KOMPAKT 436D
11 Jun 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Brainwave Technology
KOMPAKT 4441
04 Jun 21
Experimental/Electronic
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Vice
KOMPAKT 4331
07 May 21
Breakbeat
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Boser Herbst
   
Vergessen - (2:26) 55 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Karnickel - (2:55) 55 BPM
   
Mit Ausblick - (4:14) 144 BPM
   
Umarmt - (4:40) 55 BPM
   
Abgestellt - (4:12) 110 BPM
   
Vulkan - (4:27) 55 BPM
   
Wunschwechsler - (3:27) 146 BPM
   
Auf Die Spitze - (4:01) 55 BPM
   
Freche Freunde - (2:50) 148 BPM
   
Uberschneidungen - (5:06) 55 BPM
KOMPAKTCD 167D
09 Apr 21
Ambient/Drone
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Celeste
   
Celeste - (8:59) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Say - (6:30) 122 BPM
   
Celeste (Roman Flugel remix) - (8:02) 123 BPM
   
Celeste (Robag Wruhme's Boschkord Lom NB) - (6:24) 125 BPM
Review: Ascendant DJ/producer Nicky Elisabeth has already left her mark on the Dutch scene, with a residency at Amsterdam's club De Marktkantine where she also runs her concept party called OPAL. She makes her big label debut here, in vibrant fashion, for Cologne institution Kompakt with the pulsating and strobe-lit drama of "Celeste". There's no doubt that this one will induce you into a trance on the dancefloor. It is backed up by the slinky and hypnotic mood music of "Say" that features her angelic vocals atop, further adding to its mesmerising touch. Also some terrific remixes from veteran German producers coming as part of the package: Roman Fluegel takes "Celeste" into adrenalised territory with his direct and punchy perspective, while Robag Wruhme of The Wighnomy Brothers fame goes deeper, naturally, taking "Say" into typically glassy-eyed and bittersweet realms.
KOMPAKT 431D
02 Apr 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Muster EP
   
Muster - (7:25) 121 BPM
   
Alle - (5:07) 122 BPM
   
Beton - (6:34) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Heber - (6:40) 121 BPM
   
Beton (Strip Down) - (5:31) 119 BPM
Review: Jonathan Kaspar, the resident of Cologne's Gewoelbe Club, has fast become a staple of hometown imprint Kompakt where he's brought an evocative style of dancefloor drama across several EPs. Much like his previous outing (the Kante EP) this latest release by Kaspar is right in line with the label's sound, faithfully recreating snapshots of their many phases over the years. The mesmerising "Muster" with its minimal acid chug, harks back to the label's output at the turn of the millenium, while the brooding atmosphere of "Alle" makes for perfect mood music during those heads down moments in the club - in typical Kompakt fashion. There are also two featured versions of "Beton"; the main one is a bouncy yet subtle tech house groove underpinned with clipped rhythm programming - the latter aspect playing centre stage on the Strip Down version.
KOMPAKT 429D
19 Mar 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Celeste
KOMPAKT 4311
05 Mar 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Year Of The Living Dead
   
The Haunting Of Earth - (4:56) 160 BPM
   
Sheltered - (4:58) 130 BPM
   
Eidolon - (4:58) 130 BPM
   
Echoes Of Life - (5:55) 126 BPM
   
Spectral Progressions - (5:57) 120 BPM
   
Abbot Of Burton - (4:30) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Panacea - (4:59) 130 BPM
   
Anchorites - (4:56) 131 BPM
Review: Living Dead is John Tejada's fourth album on Kompakt and was written and produced during lockdown. The title is a reference to the strange circumstances that we have all lived under this past year, but despite this the tone isn't overly introspective. In fact, while there are melancholic elements - including glitchy tracks like "Eidolon" and "The Haunting of Earth" - the overall mood is uplifting. "Echoes of Life" sees the veteran producer deliver a haunting deep techno groove, while "Abbot of Burton" is a wonderfully frazzled minimal groove. Meanwhile, "Panacea" is a typical Tejada affair, with stripped back rhythms and sub-bass supporting charming melodic sequences.
KOMPAKTCD 162D
26 Feb 21
Techno
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Internal Destination
   
Stuck In My Ways - (6:43) 130 BPM
   
Internal Destination - (6:54) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ride The Wave - (5:52) 142 BPM
Review: Orlando Voorn has been putting out techno for almost 30 years, but the passage of time has not had an impact on the quality of his output. 2020 saw him release a slew of high-quality Eps and a great artist album; this year looks set to see a similar work rate, and Internal Destination opens his 2021 account in style. It starts with the woozy, deep tones and shuffling drums of "Stuck In My Ways", while on the title track, Voorn drops a melodic, wiry groove, an ode to the Detroit techno influence that looms large on his work. Changing tact again, the veteran producer drops the break beats and tripped out synths of "Ride The Wave".
KOMPAKT 426D
19 Feb 21
Techno
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Abbot Of Burton
KOMPAKT 4282
05 Feb 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Outland
   
Outland - (3:35) 130 BPM
   
Outland (extended mix) - (5:07) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: British musician Lake Turner (aka Andrew Halford) previously made music in post-punk and indie groups such as Great Eskimo Hoax and Trophy Wife. He was introduced to the Kompakt family by his sometime collaborator Yannis Philippakis of Foals. The lush 'ambient-disco-techno dreams' of his new album 'Videosphere' were constructed and completed in his London studio and at his parents' sheep farm in Worcestershire - which added to the LP's serene atmospherics. The first single taken from the album here is "Outland", a driving and energetic expression in deep house that is equal parts ethereal and hypnotic, and absolutely in line with Kompakt's distinct sound aesthetic.
KOMPAKT 4243
29 Jan 21
Minimal/Tech House
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Connecting The Dots (mixed)
   
Various Artists - "Connecting The Dots" (continuous mix) - (1:00:01) 122 BPM
   
Fahrland - "Yesterday" (feat Mz Sunday Luv) - (3:37) 115 BPM
   
The Rice Twins - "For Penny & Alexis" - (4:33) 116 BPM
   
Superpitcher - "In My Head" (feat Fantastic Twins) - (6:25) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Leandro Fresco - "Cera Uno" - (3:44) 122 BPM
   
Weval - "Easier" - (4:58) 122 BPM
   
Dauwd - "Lydia" - (5:28) 122 BPM
   
DJ Balduin - "Lost Cat & An Untied Shoe" - (6:08) 122 BPM
   
Superpitcher - "Delta" - (6:41) 123 BPM
   
Tom Demac - "Second Skin" - (5:41) 123 BPM
   
La Marine - "Flash" - (4:41) 122 BPM
   
DAMH - "Hansi" - (8:00) 122 BPM
KOMPAKTCTD 001D
22 Jan 21
Minimal/Tech House
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The Haunting Of Earth
   
The Haunting Of Earth - (4:56) 80 BPM
KOMPAKT 4281
15 Jan 21
Experimental/Electronic
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Internal Destination
   
Internal Destination - (6:54) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
KOMPAKT 4261
08 Jan 21
Techno
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Honeycomb
   
Honeycomb (edit) - (3:33) 120 BPM
   
Honeycomb (ambient) - (4:43) 146 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
KOMPAKT 4242
04 Dec 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Pop Ambient 2021
Various
   
Blank Gloss - "Of A Vessel" - (4:31) 157 BPM
   
Yui Onodera - "Cromo 5" - (3:32)
   
Thore Pfeiffer - "Grape" - (3:29) 157 BPM
   
Morgen Wurde - "Mittsommer" - (5:22) 130 BPM
   
Reich & Wurden - "Lens" - (7:30) 153 BPM
   
Neozaire - "In Verschwenderischer Fulle" - (6:36) 80 BPM
   
Joachim Spieth & Pepo Galan - "Libration" - (6:48) 154 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Max Wurden - "Center" - (6:58) 121 BPM
   
Leandro Fresco & Thore Pfeiffer - "Abejorro" - (5:23) 156 BPM
   
Yui Onodera - "Monochrome" - (7:00) 156 BPM
   
Neozaire - "Vor Den Toren Europas" - (4:07) 154 BPM
   
Thore Pfeiffer - "Asphaltfluss" - (4:11) 138 BPM
   
Seventh World - "Light The Waves Before Dawn" - (10:43) 143 BPM
   
Various - "Pop Ambient 2021" (continuous mix) - (1:08:20) 158 BPM
KOMPAKTCD 161D
27 Nov 20
Ambient/Drone
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Synchronicity
   
WhoMadeWho & Frank Wiedemann - "Dream Hoarding" - (5:58) 115 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Sainte Vie - "Hibernation" - (6:28) 120 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Mano Le Tough - "Oblivion" - (6:59) 121 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Marc Pinol - "Sooner" - (5:37) 118 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Adana Twins - "Shadow Of Doubt" - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
WhoMadeWho & Axel Boman - "Anywhere In The World" - (6:54) 115 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Echonomist - "Cecil" - (7:23) 115 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Perel - "Der Abend Birgt Keine Ruh" - (6:27) 120 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Michael Mayer - "Hamstring" - (6:29) 125 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Rebolledo - "Twenty Tears" - (6:52) 124 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Frank Wiedemann - "Peter Pan Me" - (6:05) 122 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Robag Wruhme - "If You Leave" - (6:47) 122 BPM
Review: For their eight studio album, Danish three-piece Whomadewho have decided to call on the production and mixing talents of an impressive array of friends and like-minded contemporaries. As a result, Sychronicity is a pleasingly eclectic affair full to bursting with tracks that blend their usual punk-funk and jazz-influenced sounds with the trademark styles of their invited collaborators. This results in some genuinely inspired and ear-catching cuts, including Mano Le Tough hook-up 'Oblivion' (think Radiohead meets Italo-influenced synth-pop and tech-tinged deep house), some low-slung disco-punk mayhem made alongside the Adana Twins ('Shadow of Doubt'), an unsurprisingly quirky hoe-down with Axel Boman ('Anywhere in the World'), the Kraftwerk-influenced 'Hamstring' with Michael Mayer, and a dash of tactile tech-house dreaminess crafted in cahoots with Robag Wruhme ('If You Leave').
KOMPAKT 427D
13 Nov 20
Deep House
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Videosphere
   
The Sunbird - (2:50) 107 BPM
   
No Way Back Forever - (4:20) 63 BPM
   
Outland - (3:35) 65 BPM
   
Honeycomb - (6:09) 60 BPM
   
Videosphere - (3:24) 91 BPM
   
Matthias - (5:26) 57 BPM
   
Hunter's Ballad - (4:40) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love 95 - (3:56) 120 BPM
   
1990 (edit) - (3:30) 107 BPM
KOMPAKT 424D
23 Oct 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Synchronicity III
   
WhoMadeWho & Michael Mayer - "Hamstring" - (6:29) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
WhoMadeWho & Rebolledo - "Chaser" - (7:16) 120 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Terr - "Falling Out" - (7:12) 120 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Adana Twins - "The Aftermath" - (9:29) 120 BPM
Review: Whomadewho return to Kompakt with a flurry of activity that includes a series of Eps and an album, all under the Synchronicity banner. The pair last released an artist album on the label back in 2012 and this time around their work features a wealth of collaborators. One of those like-minds is Kompakt boss Michael Mayer, who lends his expertise to the sleazy electronic disco of "Hamstrung" a highlight of this taster EP. On "Chaser", Whomadewho team up with Rebolledo to deliver sun-kissed 80s disco rock, while "Falling Out" sees them work with Terr to drop a chugging, cosmic groove. Rounding off this fine EP is the post-punk stylings of "The Aftermath" s split production with Adana Twins.
KOMPAKT 4273
16 Oct 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Videosphere
   
Videosphere - (3:24) 91 BPM
KOMPAKT 4241
02 Oct 20
Balearic/Downtempo
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Now Here No Where
   
Great Escape - (4:12) 123 BPM
   
Shoulder Of Giants - (4:55) 125 BPM
   
Remind You - (5:55) 127 BPM
   
Sleeper Must Awaken - (5:47) 123 BPM
   
Kolsch & Beacon - "Time" - (6:15) 127 BPM
   
Traumfabrik - (4:57) 122 BPM
   
Fandango - (5:45) 125 BPM
   
Glypto - (5:38) 125 BPM
   
Now Here No Where - (5:46) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Romtech User Manual - (5:56) 125 BPM
   
While Waiting For Something To Care About - (5:38) 127 BPM
   
Kolsch & Beacon - "Pause" - (5:40) 121 BPM
Review: Kompakt staple Rune Reilly Kolsch is charting new terrain on his fourth long player for the imprint titled 'Now Here No Where'. The Danish producer presents an album about life in the year 2020: 'a time defined by confusion, misinformation and environmental challenges.. [in addition to] emotional interpretation of personal and mental challenges, observations and personal growth... (but) most of all, it is an album about hope.' Featuring various mood and grooves to accentuate the album's theme and narrative: from the rolling dancefloor drama of "Shoulder Of Giants", his sonic trademark of razor sharp synth textures as heard on "Sleeper Must Awaken" and the glassy-eyed and bittersweet vocal anthem "Time" through to the slinky and hypnotic futurism of "Romtech User Manual" - Kolsch turns in yet another awe-inspiring opus with this one.
KOMPAKTCD 158D
25 Sep 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Synchronicity II
   
WhoMadeWho & Mano Le Tough - "Oblivion" - (6:59) 121 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Marc Pinol - "Sooner" - (5:37) 118 BPM
   
WhoMadeWho & Perel - "Der Abend Birgt Keine Ruh" - (6:27) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
WhoMadeWho & Frank Wiedemann - "Peter Pan Me" - (6:05) 122 BPM
Review: As you'd expect given their length of service and impressive back catalogue, the line-up of guest producers on Whomadewho's second EP of collaborations is eye-catching to say the least. Arguably the most headline-grabbing name is Ame member and Innervisions co-founder Frank Wiedemann, who lends a hand on the dreamy, otherworldly post-punk pop shuffle of "Peter Pan Me". Those looking for more dancefloor potential should check out EP opener "Oblivion", a slowly building slab of introspective vocal deep house moodiness co-produced by Mano Le Tough, and the more Balearic, sun-kissed warmth of gorgeous Marc Pional hook-up "Sooner". Or, for that matter, the cowbell-laden disco-punk-goes-acid house headiness of "Der Abend Bergt Keine Ruh", which the Danish trio made in cahoots with Perel.
KOMPAKT 4272
18 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Versions
   
Vortex (Krystal Klear remix) - (8:00) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sicko (Bawrut remix) - (7:49) 117 BPM
   
Circulate (Wolfram remix) - (4:59) 125 BPM
Review: Kompakt recently re-released scene stalwart Rex The Dog's core back catalogue - an artist that has become an integral part of the label's story. They decided to have a few of the British artist's favourite producers rework some of his renowned singles, and the results come as 'Versions'. This collection of three remixes from a varied crew of producers features Irishman Krystal Klear, who accentuates the strobe lights and smoke machine on his euphoric rendition of last year's thriller "Vortex", Madrid-based Italian Bawrut delivers his idiosyncratic style of nu-disco on his remix of "Sicko" and Viennese producer Wolfram Eckert delivers a mesmerising rework of "Circulate".
KOMPAKT 421D
18 Sep 20
Minimal/Tech House
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Kompakt: Total 20
Various
   
Robag Wruhme - "Calma Calma" - (6:48) 125 BPM
   
Soela - "White Becomes Black" - (5:39) 125 BPM
   
Michael Mayer - "Agita" - (6:25) 125 BPM
   
Jurgen Paape - "Vox Acris" - (5:38) 120 BPM
   
David Douglas - "Lose Control" - (3:38) 120 BPM
   
Kiwi - "Hello Echo" - (8:20) 127 BPM
   
Sascha Funke - "Atze" - (6:46) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Jonathan Kaspar - "Licht" - (6:50) 120 BPM
   
Voigt & Voigt - "Schopper Da Leu" - (4:45) 120 BPM
   
Steve Moore - "Frame Dragging" - (6:42) 120 BPM
   
Weval - "Doesn't Do Anything" (Silicon mix) - (3:05) 125 BPM
   
Jorg Burger - "Surprise Yourself!" - (6:14) 110 BPM
   
Agents Of Time - "Drive Me Crazy" - (5:27) 125 BPM
   
Michael Mayer - "Higher" - (5:57) 126 BPM
   
Kolsch - "Remind You" - (5:54) 127 BPM
   
Jonathan Kaspar - "Young" - (6:18) 122 BPM
   
Enzo Elia & Aldebaran - "Low Red" (feat Quique) - (5:37) 121 BPM
   
Yotam Avni - "It Was What It Was" (album version) - (7:01) 124 BPM
   
ANNA & Miss Kittin - "Forever Ravers" - (5:59) 129 BPM
   
Christian Nielsen - "Gold" - (4:35) 125 BPM
   
Marc Romboy - "Stalker" - (7:22) 126 BPM
   
Blackrachas - "Giorno Di Pioggia" - (6:48) 123 BPM
Review: Most labels and collectives are challenged to last a decade in electronic music's fleeting landscape, but so far Kompakt has endured for twice this lifespan. This is largely due to the fact that the Cologne operation boasts a tightly-knit group of artists who continue to release on its many labels. For the twentieth edition of the annual Total compilation series, many of those producers come correct; Robag Wruhme and founder Michael Mayer both deliver ponderous deep techno tracks, while Jurgen Paape goes even farther, veering into guitar-spangled melancholia on "Vox Acris". This introspective mood seeps through to more overt dance floor tracks, with Sascha Funke's eerie "Atze" and Voigt & Voigt's "Schopper Da Leu" delivering understated but impactful results.
KOMPAKTCD 160D
28 Aug 20
Minimal/Tech House
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