Boomkat Product Review:
Another haul of obscure German synth wave goodies from Hamburg’s Bureau B and Damaged Goods club night, looking specifically to one-off ‘80s DIY acts whose music has rarely if ever made it from tape to vinyl
Digging deeper than the next pointy elbowed wave dancer and crate dredger into the annals of German dance music, ‘Sowas von egal 2’ rakes up some especially spiky and spicy nuggets in the likes of Conrad & Gregor Schnitzler’s slow-banging ’Shark Eats Ice’ - sounding like an offcut of their previous classic ‘Conrad & Sohn’ - along with Rolf Jungklaus’ very John Bender-esque ‘New Wave (Pseudo)’, a real peach in ‘Alles oder nichts’ by Mark Montan, and the unmissable reverze-looped kosmiche drive of Mittageisen’s ‘Unverständnis’, which may well be known to the hardiest collectors, but all excitingly new to our ears at least.
"It was clear from the outset that “Sowas von egal 2” would need to scale similar heights of excellence as its predecessor, featuring carefully selected, sought-after, danceable tunes.
In contrast to the first volume, most of the acts here were only active in the early 1980s and have not released any records since then. The tape artists were particularly invested in the DIY ethic – as is often apparent in their sound aesthetics and the unbridled energy which has lost none of its intensity today. Their art was seldom – if ever – tempered by commercial considerations or sales strategies."