Third Ear deserves kudos for putting together this massive, 28-track compilation of Thomas Brinkmann's released and rare material. It serves as a reminder that the veteran German producer has been one of the most influential - but sometimes overlooked - names in European house and techno. From the wild cut-ups and rolling snares of disposable "Sur Ace" and the noisy, ebm-style "2 Sun" to the lopsided, melancholy grooves of "Crazy" and "Souls", the scope and range of Retrospektiv is impressive. The compilation also succeeds in providing a reminder that Brinkmann's dance floor credentials are impeccable and the quirky "What You're Doin" and the toy town synths and gentle white noise of "Isch" are as impressive as anything that Akufen produced.
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Thomas BrinkmannThird Ear UK
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