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The Field
Yesterday and Today

The Field's debut Here We Go Sublime was the kind of record that would be hard to improve on but Axel Willner tries his best anyway with Yesterday and Today - his second full length on Kompakt. It continues his forays into abstract but warmly inviting techno and shows him collaborating with Battles drummer John Stanier and 'covering' the Corgis Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (KOMPAKT193)
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The Field
From Here We Go Sublime

The very first album from The Field, Alex Willner’s minimal-techno-pop project, finds his sound fully developed. Endless repetitions of lush comfortable loops, with that ever-present 4/4 beat holding things together.

GAS
Pop

Pop by GAS is regarded as a bit of classic. The fourth album, originally released in 2000, by Worlfgang Voigt’s electronic music project is seen as the album where he showed us his clearest vision yet. Pitchfork regard this album rather highly too, rating it as the 11th best ambient album of all time. 3LP on Kompakt.
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The Field
Looping State Of Mind

Who is the best person at loops? It could be argued that The Field's Axel Willner is up there at the top end of the chart. Looping State Of Mind is his third album and one of his best. Again it is a series of sublime blissed-out techno tracks which circle round and round like a bird looking for its prey as you slowly wallow in his bathtub of luxurious sounds. This (currently) comes at a nice price so no excuses... buy now - ask questions later. 

Various
Pop Ambient 2001

2001 eh? Pretty bleak. Pop Ambient's long running series of electronica compilations would probably provide the perfect atmospheric soundtrack to those strange days. No household names on this 2001 version now available for the first time on vinyl just an immersive and deeply ambient collection of tracks. 

Various
Pop Ambient 2020

This double-LP / single-CD compilation marks the 20th anniversary of the Pop Ambient series, hosted by the Cologne-based indie label Kompakt, owned by Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer and Jürgen Paape. Masters at presenting abstract techno within an accessible pop framework, the label picks 16 of the finest cuts from its series for Pop Ambient 2020. The vinyl edition also contains a 44-page book of artwork from across the series. 

Marcus Schmickler
Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy

Marcus Schmickler is an experimental producer with a 50+ record discography behind him. The latest in a long line of releases is 'Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy' - a work in which techno and noise meet head on. It is one 37 minute long piece, split into two parts - 'Particle/Matter' and 'Wave/Energy' one on each side of the record. On Kompakt.

Kolsch
1983

On double 12” vinyl or CD from Kompakt. The follow up to Kölsch’s 2013 album 1977 is 1983. Inspired by long car journeys taken during his childhood, it’s happy go-lucky, summer-filled, vibrant techno. Features collaborative tracks with Gregor Schwellenbach, Waa Industry and WhoMadeWho's Tomas Høffding.
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Various
Total 19

Kompakt returns with the latest in a long line of its roster compilation series Total. The 19th instalment, the vinyl edition of which contains exclusively unreleased tracks, features contributions from Jürgen Paape, Jonathan Kaspar, Sascha Funke, The Modernist, Voigt & Voigt and Gui Boratto among many others. 

The Orb
Alpine

Rave pioneers The Orb are back on Kompakt with this 12” vinyl. On Alpine it’s as if the psychedelic electronica icons never went away; swirling samples are blended with synth pads and groovy percussion. This downbeat collection of droning dance music borrows from trip hop, minimal techno and ambient house.

Extrawelt
Speicher 110

German couple Arne Schaffhausen and Mayan Raabe have been releasing music as Extrawelt since 2005’s Soopertrack (Border Community). Releases on labels such as Traum and Cocoon have cemented them as an act to be reckoned with. Speicher 110, released via Kompakt Extra, features two contrasting tracks. Side one gives out analogue funk, whilst on the flip, deep-cutting techno is the order of the day.
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The Field
The Follower

Kompakt bring us The Field’s The Follower on CD and 180 gram vinyl. This album is six tracks of luscious long-form techno made from his trademark dense loops and beautiful textures. With even more of a kosmische element, this release is the perfect melancholic headphone music to drift off with.

Various
Pop Ambient 2015

The latest in the hopefully never ending series of Pop Ambient compilations from the good people at Kompakt. Does what it says on the tin really but each one is unique and with a different feel or flow. This one features new and exclusive stuff from Thore Pfeiffer, Dirk Leyers, Gregor Schwellenbach,  Leandro Fresco, Max Würden, Ulf Lohmann and the prolific Bvdub. 

The Orb
Cow / Chill Out, World!

Following the success of 2015’s Moonbuilding 2703 AD, The Orb return with their 14th studio album, Cow / Chill Out, World! Known for their genre-bending abilities and being equally comfortable with an experimental take on sound as they are with club-friendly beats, The Orb’s latest effort is an attempt at an ambient record.  
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GAS
Königsforst

Warm on the heels of last November’s Zauberberg reissue, it’s the equally welcome Königsforst. Following on from its predecessor, it has all the fundamentals of the signature Gas sound: thickets of grainy, slowed-down strings and brass ushered along by mucky, throbbing kicks into lush forested reveries.

Weval
The Weight

Amsterdammer electro post-pop duo Weval return to Kompakt with The Weight. But are they a lesser or a greater Weval these days? The signs point to the latter with The Weight showing the pair’s knack for channelling all their disparate inspirations into warm, coherently multicoloured pop swish.

GAS
Zauberberg

Wolfgang Voigt’s second album under his lauded forest techno moniker GAS is back, singly tree-issued on Kompakt. First released in ‘97, Zauberberg offers Voigt’s revolving branches of hazy, throbbing ambient at their most ambiguous, as if unsure of what really waits out there in the woods. The third track especially is one of his masterpieces.

Thomas Fehlmann
1929 – Das Jahr Babylon

Thomas Fehlmann may have turned 60 last year, but despite his advancing years the part-time member of The Orb shows no signs of slowing down. In fact he’s increased his output recently - 1929 - Das Jahr Babylon is Fehlmann’s third full-length release of 2018. It might be his best, too. The music here was made as a soundtrack for a documentary/podcast series. The murky anti-techno rhythms, foggy reverbs and eerie choral samples here make for an evocative and melancholy listen.

Various
Pop Ambient 2019

Ah you can set your watch by it....and terrify yourself that it seems to have been about three years since Pop Ambient 2001. Yes for fans of ambient music, time is marked by these compilations from Kompakt. The curators always seem to find something new and this year sees contributions from Coupler, Last Train To Brooklyn, The Black Frame, Yui Onodera Max Würde, Triola aka Jörg Burger / The Modernist, Thomas Fehlmann. Not always household named but part of the charm of these things is discovery.  

Kolsch
Speicher 106

2017 was pretty busy for Kölsch. The Danish producer released his third full-length record (1989, via Kompakt), dropped a couple of EPs and did a DJ set from high up the Eiffel Tower. It’s no surprise that he’s eased up a bit in 2018, but the one born Rune Reilly Kølsch has still managed to get a new record out before the end of the year. Both cuts on Speicher 106 are the sort of widescreen tech-house on which Kölsch has built his empire.

The Field
Infinite Moment

Hope is something we could do with in 2018. Axel Willner AKA The Field had been toying with various new ideas for his sixth full length album before realising perhaps that we could do with an album that is warm and comforting. Therefore 'Infinite Moment' is hued with a rich gauze of straight to the heart electronics to soothe your mind in troubled times.  

Thomas Fehlmann
Los Lagos

Thomas Fehlmann has been keeping busy. Just three months after the release of The Orb’s No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds LP, Fehlmann is set to drop his first solo full-length since 2010’s Gute Luft. Los Lagos contains eight polished pieces of techno and features a collaboration with Max Loderbauer. As with Gute Luft this one’s out on Kompakt.

Various
Total 18

In the year of their twenty-fifth birthday, how apt that Kompakt should run the latest instalment of their Total series to twenty-five tracks? Well, on the CD at least - there’s just eight on the vinyl, but that does come with a download code. Total 18 is a mixture of fresh faces (Ghost Vision, Aaron Ahrends) and seasoned vets (T. Raumschmiere, Geiger). The famed German techno label blends young and old with aplomb here.

GAS
Rausch

You wait years for a new GAS album and two come along (almost) at once. Hot on the heels of last year's 'Narkopop' this is a different kettle of fish altogether, consisting of one long track which you are meant to listen to in one sitting. Wolfgang Voigt's work is ideal for this long form presentation. He's possibly less good at poetry though, so we won't reproduce in full the poem he's written to accompany the work.

Kölsch
1989

1989 marks the third and final installment of Kölsch’s autobiographical trilogy. It being the year he hit his teens and his parents getting divorced, Kölsch disappeared into music. Uplifting, colourful, and playful soundtracking through techno, house and classical score with collaborator Gregor Schwellenbach. LP comes with Download code.

Ghost Vision
Saturnus

If listening to two psych tracks at over ten minutes each is your thing, then you might want to give Saturnus by Ghost Vision a listen. This attractive looking release is available on vinyl 12" and released on Kompakt and allows you to fully submerge into a part of your mind that you probably haven't been to before. 

Kenneth James Gibson
In The Fields Of Nothing

Kenneth James Gibson - also know by Eight Frozen Modules, dubLoner and about a dozen other names - comes through with his second LP for Kompakt. In The Fields Of Nothing is a heady experience, an LP that combines thousand-yard synthscapes with swirling vortexes of processed piano and strings. The results are intense and, on tracks like the aquatic William Basinski homage ‘Plastic Consequence’, frequently very beautiful.

Fahrland
Mixtape Vol. 1

If you left the city that never sleeps because it managed to sneak a gram of ket into Berghain and moved to the countryside what sort of music would you make? Fahrland (aka Geiger) recently made that move and is now producing the sort of lush, funky, and assured electro pop that screams going to bed before midnight. 

John Tejada
Dead Start Program

More techno please John. Thanks. Mr. Tejada returns with yet more for Kompakt with Dead Start Program, which demonstrates his trance-inducing and haze-imbibed style in its totality. With a tinge of signature Tejada soul, these eleven tracks mark an unbelievable thirteenth album in a catalogue of hard-hitters.

Jono Ma & Dreems
The Dreemas

The result of a sonic affair between two friends in two European outposts, an EP of lushness and post-modern audio soundwaves. These three tracks represent a meeting of minds distilled into anthemic, distorted techno, or bouncing melodic house, full of synthetic colour washes and dizzying sonic debris.

Various
Pop Ambient 2018

The release of Kompakt’s annual Pop Ambient compilation is always one of the loveliest musical events of the year: always a warm, luscious swirl of pulsating beats and shimmering synths from some of the best producers in the game. Pop Ambient 2018 features exclusive cuts from Max Wurden & Tore Pfeiffer, The Orb, Kaito and many more. Twelve tracks of goodness on Kompakt.

GAS
Narkopop

Well what do we have here then? Following on from that enormous box set of his greatest work of 20 years vintage, Wolfgang Voigt re-ignites his Gas project with a new album which, though it continues the thick foggy sonics of earlier work introduces dense and sometimes atonal sonics to the magical mist with that pulsing kick drum as always ever present.   

Various
Total 17

Wolfgang Voigt co-owned label Kompakt bring their 17th compilation featuring 21 tracks from various artists on their roster and beyond. Comes with 8 exclusive tracks. Includes tracks from Sasha (featuring Poliça), Christian Nielsen, The Orb, Weval, Chris Klopfer, Superpitcher and many more. Double LP comes with download code.
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Anton Kubikov
Whatness

Best known for his work as one half of Russian synth agitators SCSI-9, Anton Kubikov has stepped out on his own with an album of weightless ambient pieces. The tracks here combine synthetic soundscapes, somnambulant ivory tinkling and generous helpings of reverb. All in all, the overall effect is one of pleasant tranquility.

Kolsch
Speicher 97

Kolsch weirdly broke out of the sleek German Kompakt et al scene last year with a single that got played on mainstream UK radio. Nice work, but he hasn’t let it divert the pathway of his work, which continues here with a pair of nice minimalist cuts. Speicher 97 is a 12” release from Kompakt.

Vermont
II

Sophomore efforts are always difficult, but Vermont simply continues where they left off. On II, German synthesizer-whisperers Marcus Wogull and Danilo Plessow (from Motor City Drum Ensemble) once again show a world brimming with vintage analog electronics, where they have created exciting upbeat soundscapes approaching the krautrocky. A fine example of why we love it when Kompakt makes exceptions on its strict minimal-techno-producers-only policy.

Weval
Weval

Somewhere between Cloud Boat, Moderat, and Darkside you find Weval. Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers lock themselves away in an attic room in the Netherlands and create this warming, soul filled electronica with pop sensibilities and catchiness. Switching between loving ballads you’ll sing along to shuffling analog grooves.

Kenneth James Gibson
The Evening Falls

Kenneth James Gibson must be a busy man, running the Adjunct Audio while also performing in a number of projects, from [a]pendics.shuffle to his Bell Gardens duo with Brian McBride of Stars Of The Lid. This solo joint is a full ambient stretch, slow and beatless and easy to get lost in. The Evening falls is on Kompakt.

Hunter/Game
Adaption

Hunger/Game have been sprinkling exciting 12” releases around for a while now, on the likes of Last Night On Earth and Innervisions. Now however, they are fully going for it with their debut full-length album, on the legendary Kompakt label. Adaption is a little less minimal than most of the stuff we’d associate with Kompakt, but with just as much careful craft in its full-bodied sound.
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COMA
This Side Of Paradise

COMA’s new record straddles the fence between electronic music for the club and electronic music for the home. This Side Of Paradise, their second album, attaches loose clouds of songs to typically beautiful Kompakt semi-ambient minimal beats, all sounding pretty compelling. CD or double 10” vinyl set.

Jens Uwe Beyer
The Emissary

The Emissary by Jens Uwe Beyer is the full-length debut from a seasoned Kompakt alumni. With a raft of releases under his Popnoname alias, Jens Uwe Beyer now steps out under his own name to deliver an intimate, GAS-inspired selection of tasty Pop Ambient morsels. Out on CD and vinyl LP+ CD from Kompakt.

Rainbow Arabia
Without You


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COMA
Atlantis

Everyone needs some Kompakt in their life from time to time don’t they? The Cologne electronic label has long been teaching the value of repeating the beautiful sonic slice into infinity, and this new 12” from Coma is no exception. Atlantis contains three delicious tracks, and will quite possibly make you happy.

Chymera / Naum Gabo
Speicher 76


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COMA
My Orbit


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Kolombo
Don't Be Shy


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John Tejada
Orbiter


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Jatoma
Little Houseboat Remixed


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Kolombo
Waiting For


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Sebastien Bouchet
Fallen Angel


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