Boomkat Product Review:
Following on from their Erdingertrax EP series, the latest fruit of Wolfgang and Reinhardt Voigt's renewed fraternal bond is a proper album, arguably their strongest collaborative work since mid-2003 neo-trance banger 'Vision 04'. While the recent 12" cuts were largely about restating the core club values of Kompakt, Die Zauberhafte Welt der Anderen is altogether more leftfield and ambitious, covering surreal instrumental pop, ping-ponging electro-acoustic sketches, sullen ambient and pneumatic, Profan-style techno, often in the space of the same track. Do yourself a favour and check the Latin-tinged 'Tja Mama Sandra Maischberger', which could be mistaken for a classic Uwe Schmidt production, and 'Der Erste Zug' a thumping schaffel cut with marimba lines that sparkle like fresh spring water, and 'Sozial', which summons the tripped-out ghosts of GAS, Sturm and Dettinger. 'Die Glocke''s suave, jazzwise ambience has shades of Jan Jelinek's loop-finding to it, while 'Hotel Noki' ought to be soundtracking a chase scene in a Cologne-set espionage thriller. V&V then doff their caps to Kraftwerk on 'Tryptichon Nummer 7' before concluding the LP with a 26-minute sound sculpture, 'Akira Mantra', that sounds like it escaped from an NWDR session circa '58.