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Mogwai, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, New Order’s Stephen Morris & Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey, plus The National and Yann Tiersen have a field day paying tribute to Neu!’s motorik templates
Up there with the deities of ‘70s krautrock such as fellow Düsseldorfers Kraftwerk, the likes of Harmonia, or Can - the drum + guitar engine of Klaus Dinger & Michael Rother cast a huge influence on everyone from Bowie to Joy Division and Stereolab during their formative run of albums in the early-mid decade. We can also add the list of illustrious contributors to this ‘Tribute’ album as acolytes of Neu!’s stripped back, hypnotically propulsive rhythms and wiry, spacey melody.
A descendent of sorts to 1999’s ‘A Homage to Neu!’, which featured rework by likes of Autechre, Khan, System 7, James Plotkin, this new set keeps Neu!’s legacy alive with faithful takes on the classic formula, resulting highlights in dual-drummers Morris & Gurnsey’s locked-in, pointillist spin on ‘Hallogallo’, a lushly gloopy evocation of the B-side to ‘Neu! 2’ from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, and farther out slant on their style from soundtrack composer Yann Tiersen.