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Blond:ish: Welcome To The Present (CD, Kompakt, October 2015)

You know I don’t like to leap to judgements, but I’m going to go ahead and call it: this record from Canadian duo Anstascia D’Elene Corniere and Vivie-ann Bakos is the most exciting thing I’ve heard from Kompakt in, ooh, about a decade. It’s a blend of minimal house burblings (lead single Endless Games has a […]

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Mohn: Mohn (2CD, Kompakt, April 2012)

Wolfgang Voigt and Jörg Burger’s debut album is very much in the spirit of Kompakt’s Pop Ambient series: this is big, chewy, elastic, in-your-face ambient, full of big crashing noises and dubby swooshes, atmospheric but with as much sense of fun as darkness… it borders on the perky in places. It even has a reasonably […]

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John Tejada: Parabolas (CD, Kompakt, June 2011)

Another slice of sublime shuffling techno slides into the Tejada canon. If I wanted to be critical, I could point out that this doesn’t seem to break significant new ground compared to, say, 2008’s Where. And in terms of influences, I could reach back to the pop-minimal of the ’00s Kompakt (on which label he […]

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Robag Wruhme: Wuppdeckmischmampflow (Mix CD, Kompakt, January 2011)

A few years ago, I would have considered myself quite a Kompakt fan (though I did prefer the more austere Minus). I’ve drifted away from them, a bit, but I do really like this mix CD. It opens with an ambient/neo-classical string track by Danny Norbury, which is obviously going to get me on its […]