E2-E4: a classic slab of minimal electronica from Ash Ra Tempel wizard Manuel Göttsching. Absurdly, for such a crucial work, the whole hour-long piece was improvised by Göttsching so he’d have something to listen to on his walkman during a plane journey the next day: the mind boggles. 35th anniversary LP reissue with embossed artwork, on MG.ART.
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180g vinyl 35th anniversary reissue LP on MG.ART with embossed chess board artwork. CLASSIC!.
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At last the official 180g vinyl reissue of this eternal classic has landed in celebration of its 35th anniversary. I was 3 years old when this was released and had never even heard it until like eight years ago or something. Imagine my surprise while cruising along with my man Brett in his vehicle, we got into a conversation about Ash Ra Tempel, when he goes “Have you ever heard Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4?” I replied “No, I don’t think so”, he hits play and I’m like “What the fuck!!!” I had no idea that cherished Balearic house anthem E2-E4 by Sueno Latino had totally ripped this off. You can see why, Larry Levan used to spin Göttsching’s original at the Paradise Garage and I guess they just made it a bit more dancefloor compatible. Manuel can’t have been too pissed off about it though, as he recently performed it live with Sueno Latino and put it out on wax.
If you’ve never heard this record then you really need to seriously consider rectifying that as soon as possible. It’s mesmerising loop is pure proto-house/techno, it goes on for just under an hour and is totally magical. Soul-stirring, good vibes all the way... Until…the guitar gets a bit widdly prog rock for my ears during the later parts, but it’s totally forgivable because the rest is just so freakin’ amazing. I reckon my Dad would think that guitar action is spectacular.
9/10 Jack 19th December 2015
At the turn of Sixties and intensely through the first half of the Seventies, German Rock and Electronica influenced music all over the Western World. Göttsching's second solo album--"E2-E4"--leaves behind the brand of Space Rock he helped invent for a crisp but extremely poetic dialogue between his guitar and Electronica. Along with Michael Strother and Can's Michael Karoli, one of the best guitar players of rock and electronica to ever come out from Germany. This album is a classic, a classic that remains adventurous.
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