Review: Various Artists – Elektronische Musik

April 2, 2010

Tim Hayter takes a look at the new Soul Jazz ‘cosmiche’ compilation.

Oddly, there has never been a definitive Krautrock compilation. This isn’t it, but it’s close. There is some phenomenal music contained herein. Many of the usual suspects – Harmonia, Faust, Can and Neu! – make an appearance. What always amazes me about Soul Jazz comps, though, is that alongside the classic there is always a healthy chunk of stuff you’ve never heard of before. As in: ‘Rambo Zambo’ by Kollektiv, a monster kraut freak-out: classic flutes & bongos material.

If I have a criticism it’s that, in going up to the 80s for track selections, it gets into the synth-based material of people like Conrad Schnizler. All good, except that the sequencing of the CDs veers from wailing guitar madness to cold synths and back again with no discernable pattern.

That said, the quality is top-notch throughout. Well worth checking.

Elektronische Musik – Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1972 – 83 is released by Soul Jazz on the 5th of April

[Tim Hayter]

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