Curiosum ... LP Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the last Cluster albums recorded for a long stretch – and a set that maybe makes us wonder what Moebius and Roedelius would have done, had they kept on working in this direction! It's almost as if the groundbreaking duo were listening to the creations of the younger generation that they had influenced – particularly the German new wave rising up around them – and they reach for slightly darker modes here, with some edgier electronics that come off almost in tuneful industrial territory – and we mean that before the "dance" was added to that style a few years later. Tracks include "Oh Odessa", "Proantipro", "Seltsame Gegend", "Helle Melange", "Tristran In Der Bar", "Charlic", and "Ufer". LP, Vinyl record album
The last album in the cool classic run of German gems from Der Plan – a group that few folks paid attention to at the time, but who really gave the world some wonderful electronic music in the post-punk years! These guys really distill all the best sides of the German electronic experiments of the 70s – serving things up in shorter tunes that are filled with unusual twists and turns, and which also have plenty of offbeat vocals and a nice sense of humor too – almost like little audio cartoons, with a quality that's far more long-lasting than some of their contemporaries! Despite the 1991 date of the record, the style here is every bit as great as the group's earliest music – and like most of their music, there's hardly any connection to a real epoch in sound – as the whole thing's so darn unique. Titles include "El Cigarro", "Kleiner Junge", "Wir Babies", "Vive Le Vie", "Alter Mann", "Es Werde Licht", and "Spiel 77". LP, Vinyl record album
The title translates to "it's a strange and peculiar world" – and there's maybe no better introduction to the mad electronic music of this wonderful German trio from the 80s! Der Plan were part of that special small slice of the German new wave – groups who didn't rely on darkness or angst to get their message across – but instead mixed together whimsical elements with musical experimentation – often in ways that were years ahead of their time! Imagine Kraftwerk scoring the music for cartoons, and you'd get part of the idea here – but that's hardly the start of the sonic delights within – as the album features short tracks in many different varieties – exploding with innovation at each twist and turn. Titles include "1 Mann 1 Ball", "Bleib Gold", "Kennen Sie Koln", "Frisch Verliebt", "Komm Zurick", "Get Out", and "Ich Hab Den Jordan Gesehn". LP, Vinyl record album
A never-issued album from German electronic geniuses Der Plan – a record that's billed as "autonomous robot product – produced by machine only" – so maybe the group held it back to prevent some sort of a robot uprising! Yet the only uprising the record might have produced would be that of a rave-like party – as the tunes are upbeat, groovy, and filled with all the wit that we always love in the group's work – short, catchy tracks that mix offbeat noises with more tuneful elements – all with vocals that are so heavily processed, they might well come from an old Speak & Spell toy. Titles include "Repair Yourself", "Copy Copy Machine", "Cyberspace", "LPB", "I Want To Sing Like Ella", and "Fanuk Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Jimi Tenor – the Finnish artist you might know for his work in the fields of jazz, soul, and funk in our current century – but who was a very different musician in the years before! Jimi still has a soulful vibe on these early tracks, but the music is much more electric, and focused on rhythms from house and club – kind of a reworking of a Detroit or Chicago mode, but with all these wonderful twists and turns along the way! Jimi once recorded for Warp Records, and you can definitely hear that in some of these tracks – while also noting some echoes of the jazz instrumentation to come. Titles include "Heinola", "Jameson", "Another Space Travel", "Baby It Hearts", "Salo", "Downtown", "Super Beat", "Travelers Cape", "O Sex", and "Plan 9". (New Grooves, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic look at the German underground of the post-punk years – served up by a label who knows the territory more than anyone else! For over a decade, Bureau B have done a great job of taking us back to the hippest German work of the 70s and 80s – particularly the more electronic side of the spectrum – and for this sweet little set, they dig even deeper – offering up work by a number of artists who would never see a full length reissue, with cuts from rare singles and tapes – awash in raw basslines, beats, and keyboards! The vibe is very cold wave, but with some nice post-punk moments too – on titles that include "Mir Geht Es Danke Gut" by Plastiktanz, "Steig Den Luis Trenker" by 4712, "Name Und Distanz" by Christian Kneisel, "Tanz Ins Gluck" by Die Neue Weltmacht, "Alles Oder Nichts" by Mark Montan, "Warum Mussen Autos Fahren" by Partner Eins, "Fred Der Ritter" by Vono, "New Wave" by Rolf Jungklaus, and "Sage Nichts" by Casino Mariteam. LP, Vinyl record album