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A goldmine of longhair German funk and space-head synths spanning motorik krautrock to pastoral porto-ambient and kosmiche comes back around via expert compilers Soul Jazz, holding gems by Can, Eno, DAF, Neu!, You, and others with more letters to their name
‘Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2’ prises open an ideal entry portal to the new worlds of music imagined by a generation of young German artists in the late ‘60s and ’70s who looked to break with the stained musical traditions of their parents and those before them. Also wanting to differ from British bands and the Americans that begat them, they fanned out into a spectrum of prog rock and psychedelic funk-adjacent styles they could happily call their own, ranging from Can’s swaggering grooves to the twitchy electronic funk of DAF, woolly proto-ambient pastoralism of Moebius & Roedlius’ jams with Eno, the hirsute gnarl of Faust, languid jams of Amon Düül II, and driving bops of Neu!, that would all go on to exert influence beyond their homeland, inspiring everyone from Joy Division to err, Coldplay.
With the notable omission of any Kraftwerk, this 2nd volume is a fine primer for new ears to this era, ticking off the big hitters and offering introductions to more obscure acts such as Asmus Tietchens, Wolfgang Riechmann, and Sergius Golowin.