Friday, January 22, 2010

Themes for great cities

Germany holds a special place in Thisisnotanexit's heart. The home of Motorik - the home of Bowie's Low - the home of Kraftwerk - the home of Shackleton - the home of DAF - the home of Tresor - the home of Themes For Great Cities.

The debut release on Themes For Great Cities is a vinyl only release featuring three different artists. No downloads. Just vinyl. Just the black stuff. 300 of them in beautiful printed sleeves. High concept art. The good stuff.

First up is Stabil Elite with a track named KRAUTKAMERAD. I have no idea what this means. All I know is its a sublime piece of motorik - driving driving driving kraut beats - with a new wave vocal. Swirling synths. 2nd half is the kill. Straight to the dancefloor for a lost in the moment eyes closed moment. Momentary bliss. 9:09 moments.

Second is Jantronix and CHEOPS. Acid disco. Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah. Check the licks. Sounding like Harvey's new release (but better) guitars and acid. It's a 2010 sound.

Third is Earl and SHAPESHIFTER. Beats falling over themselves but somehow staying in control. Embrace the dark - These New Puritans somehow stand and watch and learn.

Dusseldorf. A new sound. Get onto it.