It’s common knowledge that Kompakt’s Total series serves as a yearbook, a musical wrap up of the past 12 months. Therefore it doesn’t come as a surprise that this year’s edition is informed by another pandemic year, where dancefloors were still mostly deserted and the devastating developments in Eastern Europe.
Kompakt’s A&R team still kept on foot on the imaginary dancefloor, while scouting different realms apart from the big room euphoria. Anyway, brain dance has always been a key ingredient to our catalogue.
Kompakt founding member Jörg Burger adequately opens Total 22 with a groovy midtempo chugger that reminisces Blue Lines era Massive Attack as much as the late Andy Weatheralls low slung psychedelia. Jürgen Paape is calling a spade a spade with ‘Le Monde À Changé’ – The world has changed. Our Parisian rookies, Archil and Leon won our hearts over with an EP full of laidback, funky pop played on their self made instruments. ‘Loving You’ rightly made it onto this compilation. Matias Aguayo returns to the mothership with ‘The Tiger’, a lascivious beast of a track, perfect for getting lost in reveries. Dutch-American techno legend Orlando Voorn continues his foray into Kompakt’s sonic continuum with ‘Deeper Shades’. Perel is spreading love with her ravishing piano house tune ‘Matrix’, taken from her recent album Jesus Was An Alien. The Voigt brothers are further building the vibe with their crispy exclusive contribution ‘Why’, before Jonathan Kaspar ultimately pushes the energy to (almost) post-pandemic levels. Barnt’s tranced up secret weapon “This Is For Decor Only” makes a welcome appearance and our Mexican friend Rebolledo delivers a first solo appearance on Total with his trademark hypnotic desert sound. Agents Of Time are melting hearts with ‘Blu’ while proudly putting Italian vocals back into Italo house. Michael gives the overly talented Danish singer songwriter eee gee a proper Mayer treatment before a whole bunch of Berlin legends, Bleep Gigaverse, are closing Total 22 with a bang.
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