Boomkat Product Review:
This latest Total compilation from Kompakt starts in the finest fashion, launching into DJ Koze's '40 Love' during which a field recording of a tennis match somehow turns into a brilliant techno track, with every strike of the ball acting as a snare. Far from being a mere trifling novelty, it's a witty, cleverly assembled production that sets a high standard for what's to come. Next is the (wryly titled?) Thomas/Mayer track 'Total 9' whose beats crunch artfully across a blush of harps and plucked strings. From here we start getting remixes thrown into the selection, including a Gui Boratto version of the Pet Shop Boys/Sam Taylor-Wood hit 'I'm In Love With A German Film Star' and Supermayer's take on Gotye's 'Heart's A Mess', which is a thing of vast proportions, bringing together those seemingly uneasiest of bedfellows: schaffel rhythms and orchestra. For more Bavarian pomp, direct yourself towards Wasserman's 'Berg Und Tal' (which doffs a cap towards Ricardo Villalobos' 'Fizheuer Zieheuer') and Jurgen Paape's oompah masterpiece 'Ofterschwang', whose 2/4 flugelhorn parps jostle with mountain goat bells in an orgy of knowing cultural stereotypes. Far more straight-faced is Thomas Fehlmann's excellent overhaul of The Field's 'The More I Do', which sifts through the dense layering and looping of the original for a more streamlined, efficient production.