Saturday, June 14, 2008

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Berlin is the undisputed epicenter of German techno, but the city of Cologne does pretty well, too. While the Germany's capitol is home to relatively large labels and artists, its smaller cousin possesses a vibrant arts scene and, with its picturesque location on the river Rhine, a scenery to match. Like the perfume that bears its name, Cologne suggests sophistication and appreciation for beauty. In other words, it's a perfect home for Kompakt, a fantastic label that combines appreciation for technology with a euphoric pop sensibility. You've probably heard at least one signee, the Field, whose album From Here We Go Sublime lives up to its name. While dissenters might label his work as simplistic or downright boring, I prefer a more positive descriptor: elegant. However, I can't help but think that the accolades should be spread out, as many of his labelmates' electronic creations are equally as gorgeous, if not more so. Give Kompakt's Total and Pop Ambient series or any of its artists a listen, and prepare to be delighted.

MP3: Jürgen Paape - So Weit Wie Noch Nie
MP3: Justus Köhncke - Parage

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