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  • It’s taken Yotam Avni a little while to get to his debut album; almost a decade, really, since his debut 12”, “That’s What The World Needs”, on California’s Seasons Limited imprint. During that time, the Tel-Aviv based producer has refined his productions, tightening the groove and paring everything back to bare essentials; the power in an Avni cut is its combination of piston-pulse propulsion and a deep, but gently applied, musicality. This combination gives his techno productions added heft on the dance floor, but also a lyrical sensibility that places him squarely in a tradition of techno legends who somehow manage to make the four-to-the-floor a space of poetic intensity, of rigorous joy.
    Avni’s been on Kompakt’s radar for a while, first appearing on the label last year, with his Speicher contribution, “Mañana Mañana”. (“Track For Agoria”, from that EP, also appeared on Total 19.) The connection immediately made sense – dance music that managed to feel both lush and streamlined across the same great gasp of late-night energy. But with Yotam Avni Was Here, he’s taken a huge leap. After a brief intro, Avni sets his stall with “Beyond The Dance”, which features slow-moving vocal melisma over sculptural, melting tonalities, a tintinnabulating, harpsichord-like two-note phrase pacing out the track. Then “It Was What It Was” comes into view, its strip-light textures suddenly placed into sharp relief by a muted trumpet figure that hangs in the air, melancholy and pensive.
    It’s no surprise, at this point, to discover that Avni’s inspirations for Was Here took in the histories of both techno and jazz. “I wanted to try something more around Detroit Techno meets ECM,” he reflects, when explaining the motivating forces behind the album. “Carl Craig’s Just Another Day EP and Kenny Larkin’s Keys, Strings, Tambourines came out during my high school years and had huge impact on me.” Avni’s also appeared on Transmat compilations, and remixed artists like the Midwest’s Titonton Duvanté, and Orlando Voorn – the latter particularly important for the way he connected the Detroit and Amsterdam techno scenes – his career path is marked by ongoing connections, direct and indirect, to Detroit’s storied history.
    “I always wanted to go back to those hi-tek soul roots on a full album,” he continues, and he’s definitely exploring that terrain here, with the sky-strafing brass on “Free Darius Now”, morse-code keys on “Vortex” and glitchy, microhouse tickles of “Know Hope” all contributing to an oblique narrative that seems to arc across Was Here – one fleshed out by guest musicians, who include dop and Gerog Levin on vocals, and trumpets by Greg Paulus (of Beirut and No Regular Play). The cover art makes the jazz connection explicit, riffing on the text-based, minimal design of The Modern Jazz Quartet’s 1955 album for Prestige, Concorde. But the way Avni has gathered around him both inspiring musicians and intriguing reference points makes me think of his broader career as well, the collectivism behind his AVADON nights in Tel-Aviv, his many and wide-ranging releases on labels like Innervisions, Hotflush and Stroboscopic Artefacts, and the openness of his productions, which seem to be all about the multiple, the possibilities of cross-pollination, of fusing this with that, of adding and subtracting, all under the pulsating thumbprint of techno.
    Good things, after all, are worth waiting for.

    "Was Here" is out May 29th on vinyl, CD and digital.

    Posted on April 8th 2020
  • The 20JK Pop Up Store Berlin keeps on truckin' on Wednesday, September 4th, at 14:00 (local time) - come by to pick up exclusive vinyl and CD releases, plus take in talks, performances, and experience the open studios. Day 4 presents you with a live tech demo from Scott Monteith (at 16:00), who - after displaying his performance skills as Deadbeat on Monday - will give an in-depth look at his work with Ableton Push. For his latest tracks, Scott has embraced Ableton's unique hardware instrument/controller hybrid as a central piece in his studio setup. Here, he'll give a demonstration of how he's using Push with Live 9 in a hardware-enhanced set-up. At 18:00, Berlin's revered label Ostgut Ton will take over, presenting an amazing line-up with multi-faceted DJ stalwart Nick Höppner, techno visionary Answer Code Request and rising star Kobosil. Connected to the legendary Berghain/Panorama Bar, Ostgut Ton could easily be called “the” sound of Berlin: former label boss Nick Höppner brings his crate-digging history and love of lush melodies, followed by Patrick Gräser aka Answer Code Request, who is living proof that there must be something in the water where he grew up, as he and labelmates Marcel Dettman and Marcel Fengler have all come to the forefront of techno. Gräser will play live, bringing his dynamic, atmospheric electro to an eager crowd. Kobosil, fresh off an impressive release for Ostgut Ton's sub-label Unterton, rounds out the bill with his auteurist approach to brooding, bare-knuckled synth workouts. The Pop Up Store is located at Ableton HQ, Schönhauser Allee 6-7, Berlin, Germany - the space has a cap of 120 attendees, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    Posted on September 4th 2013
  • Japanese producer Kaito recently recorded a podcast for Bodytonic, which you can stream or download here. During the hour-long set, Kaito guides us through music connected with his Kompakt cohorts, including tracks from Jürgen Paape, Kölsch, John Tejada and Coma. At the very tail end you also find the title track of his latest "Behind My Life" EP.

    Posted on August 12th 2013
  • Following the release of their latest full-length "Die Zauberhafte Welt Der Anderen", Voigt & Voigt got interviewed by music hub Electronic Beats, resulting in an in-depth look at what makes the Voigt brothers tick. Rightfully qualifying their masterpiece as "nostalgic, but not retro", the artists give invaluable insight into their creative process, the shared life in the studio, but also their major influences. Check out the whole interview here.

    Posted on February 21th 2013
  • It's when Voigt & Voigt gather in the same studio that the sparks start to fly dangerously low within this unique machinery humbly named Kompakt, resulting more often than not in a rather unlikely combination of separate elements suddenly kickstarting into communication. For their debut full-length "Die Zauberhafte Welt der Anderen", the Voigt brothers draw from a plethora of influences to build an incomparable sound world, for the first time fully realizing what previous, now classic tracks on Speicher have been hinting at. Produced side by side with the essential Techno of "Erdingertrax", this album opts for a strong psychedelic narrative, brilliantly showcasing Voigt & Voigt's experimental inclinations while knowing a thing or two about the perfect groove... with the result being a highly entertaining, "megalomaniac sampledelics opera", as German music mag Musikexpress puts it. For total immersion, you should also check out the interview from Electronic Beats, the video for "Erdingertrax 3.4" and our selection of Voigt & Voigt classics on 8tracks... your trip down the rabbit hole has just begun!

    Posted on February 18th 2013
  • As we PREVIOUSLY posted, we're proud to be the distribution home for the new imprint TRI ANGLE - we guarantee you've never heard music quite like this before and can't wait until August 16th when they drop their first 12" single from BALAM ACAB entitled "See Birds". Reader, if your looking for something beyond Burial, need seek no more.

    int-never-ooooo-salute-lindsay-lohan-on-witch-house-mixtape/">PITCHFORK decided to go ahead and brand the music of TRI ANGLE as "Witch House"...it's obvious that whatever they call it, they love it and so do we. You can judge for yourself as the label posted a mixtape you can DOWNLOAD HERE featuring the likes of oOoOO, Laurel Halo and Oneohtrix Point Never covering songs from Lindsay Lohan - yes, you read it right.

    Lindsay Lohan went to jail yesterday and TRI ANGLE set the record straight with stating that "Even though everyone is fond of Lindsay in their own ways, there is no FREE LINDSAY agenda here. Everyone involved loves pop music and this is merely an experiment. All intentions are very sincere."


    DOWNLOAD: Let Me Shine for You

    01 Babe Rainbow: "I Can Try to Run (Stuck)" 02 Laurel Halo: "sinh (Something I Never Had)" 03 Autre Ne Veut: "Bossy" 04 oOoOO: "I Live for the Day" 05 Stalker: "Disconnection (Disconnected)" 06 Oneohtrix Point Never: "LL (Stresswave Edit) (Something I Never Had / Over)"

    Posted on July 21th 2010
  • As many of you can see, we've re-opened our online mail order store and made some improvements to our website over the past year. We're looking for the right person to further develop KOMPAKT.FM. Please email your resume to jobs@kompakt.fm if you think you have what it takes!


    The candidate’s role and responsibilities include:

    - The development and execution of online marketing campaigns surrounding KOMPAKT.FM. This responsibility will include and is not limited to; our record store, key releases and artists who are featured on the website.

    - Overseeing the processing and publishing of all online catalogue content on KOMPAKT.FM.

    - The development and maintenance of all social networking portals.

    - Maintain and develop relationships with partners potentially connected with KOMPAKT.FM.

    - Candidate must be tech savvy and be familiar and be able to work within HTML and CSS. This also would incorporate a knowledge and workaround with online tools and applications that are currently available and for that matter, forthcoming.

    - Search engine optimization and search engine marketing.

    - Candidate must be familiar with KOMPAKT and our distribution/record store and be able to communicate the music, labels and artists that he/she will be working together with.

    - Excellent communication, time management and multi-tasking skills a must!

    - Must be fluent (written and spoken) in both German and English .

    The position would be initially part-time (3 days per week) with the potential of moving into full time employment.

    Posted on October 8th 2009