This Just In: Kompakt 20

20 years ago, a techno record store called “Delirium” opened in Cologne. Maybe you’ve heard of it. No? Well, how about Kompakt? Ah, yeah, that sounds familiar. Well, the little store opened by Wolfgang Voigt, Reinhard Voigt, Jörg Burger and Jürgen Paape became Kompakt – the name that helped shape the sound of contemporary electronic music, especially micro house and minimal techno. Since 2013 is the store/label’s 20th year, they’ve been having a year-long celebration with releases and events. The 20 Jahre Kompakt Kollektion 1 CD came out in March, and now in July the vinyl version is finally available. If you know their catalog, artists and stellar series of Total and Pop Ambient comps, 20 Jahre is an exciting trip revisiting Kompakt’s history. For those of you electronic music fans unfamiliar with Kompakt, here’s a chance to start an important music history lesson…

“On March 1st, 1993, we opened the blue doors on Gladbacher Straße 36 for the very first time and thus, a new record store was born. Two moves, a name change, almost exactly 500 publications and a staggering 20 years later, KOMPAKT is still here and stronger than ever. That’s why throughout 2013, we celebrate ’20 YEARS OF KOMPAKT’ in all shapes and colors, including this vinyl edition of KOLLEKTION 1, an exciting jubilee release jam-packed with floor favorites, towering evergreens and secret weapons from the rich history of one of Germany’s most-loved labels. Carefully pulled from KOMPAKT’s extensive archives, the first entry in the 20 JAHRE KOMPAKT KOLLEKTION series was in no way meant to be a “Best of”: that would indeed have been a task larger than life. Rather than just going through the motions and assembling sales numbers, we took a different road, simply compiling our proudest moments instead, classic records that defined our sound today. The resulting 2CD release already placed itself as one of our best-selling records in 2013, now followed by a vinyl edition holding KOLLEKTION 1’s biggest highlights. How do we know that those are the biggest highlights? Well, we asked. We crowdsourced the tracklist and had you decide what is going to be on the vinyl. That’s what we got back… a wise choice indeed. The massive bangers included in the vinyl edition of KOLLEKTION 1 range from VOIGT & VOIGT’s timeless anthem VISION 03 to JUSTUS KÖHNCKE’s floor epic 2 AFTER 909, dropping in on LAWRENCEs legendary remix of SUPERPITCHERs HAPPINESS, MICHAEL MAYER’s delicious LOVEFOOD or GUI BORATTO’s magnificent ARQUIPÉLAGO. You’ll hear rare goodies and underground hits such as DJ KOZE’s MARIPOSA or his stunning remix of MATIAS AGUAYO’s MINIMAL alongside long-standing contributor THE FIELD with his classic OVER THE ICE, making for an expertly crafted listening experience and an enticing trip to the past. All visitors, this way please!”

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New releases, reissues and restocks, some probably influenced by Kompakt…
… And You Will Know Us – Century Of Self 2LP, S/T LP
About Group – Between The Walls LP; 2CD
All Tiny Creatures – Dark Clock LP
Andy Kaufman – Andy And His Grandmother LP
Antwon – Dying in the Pussy 7”
Atoms For Peace –Before Your Very Eyes 12”
Beat Happening – S/T LP
Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk LP
Bitchin Bajas – Bitchitronics LP
Black Bananas/Tobacco – Split 7”
Bleached – Ride Your Heart LP
Camera Obscura – Desire Lines LP
Chris Schlarb – Psychic Temple II LP
Cocteau Twins – Stars & Topsoil: A Collection 2LP
Codeine – Frigid Stars 2LP + CD
CVLTS – Realiser LP
Damien Jurado – Where Shall You Take Me LP
David Lynch – The Big Dream 2LP + 7”
Death – …For The Whole World To See LP
Deerhunter – Monomania LP
Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky LP (Splatter vinyl)
Earth Dies Burning – Songs From The Valley Of The Bored LP
Ensemble Pearl – S/T 2LP
Explosions In The Sky – The Earth is Not… LP
Express Rising – S/T LP
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors… LP
Gauntlet Hair – Stills LP
Gayngs – Relayted 2LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A#… LP; Lift Your Skinny Fists… 2LP
Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida LP
Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live 2LP; CD
Haxan Cloak – Excavation 2LP
Helvetia & Built To Spill – Spooky Action At The Sufferbus Flexi 7”
Iasos – Celestial Soul Portrait 2LP
La Luz – Brainwash 7”
Magic Sam’s Blues Band – Black Magic LP
Major Lazer – Free The Universe 2LP
Mickey & The Soul Generation – The Complete Mickey & The Soul Generation 3LP
Om – Advaitic Songs 2LP
Paula – Relaxed Fit LP
Pixies – Doolittle LP
Ratatat – LP4 LP
Sarah Siskind – Covered LP
Scraper – S/T 7”
Sleeping Bag – Women Of Your Life LP
Smog – A River Ain’t Too Much To Love LP
Soft Metals – Lenses LP
Stone Temple Pilots – Purple LP
Suuns – Images du Futur LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP, The Capsoul Label 2LP, The Dynamic Label 2LP, The Nickel and Penny Labels 2LP, An RBG Production 2LP
White Fence – S/T LP
Wild Nothing – Empty Estate 12”
XX – Fiction 7”