• pop ambient 2019  (CD, £9.50)

    label: Kompakt

    Wolfgang Voigt (aka GAS) curated series, POP AMBIENT returns with a change of pace. Be prepared for a more acoustically prominent / avant-garde collection that follows the aesthetic of previous editions...and goes where you have never heard before in the series. Our CD version is available as a unique continuous mix of the album. Features an incredible cast of newcomers to the series including Chicago based Coupler, Last Train To Brooklyn, The Black Frame, Yui Onodera alongside veteran contributors Max Würde, Triola aka Jörg Burger / The Modernist, Thomas Fehlmann and more. Contemporary electronic music has taken a front seat in music. From the rise of avant-garde artists performing festivals around the world to the many famed artists and acts incorporating such sounds and ideas into mainstream music... Kompakt’s Pop Ambient series is there to provide an alternative, yet familiar antidote to the trends that exist and shall remain to persist. Boum Boum Boum! 25 years of KOMPAKT. When a record label still thrives after a quarter of a century thanks to a focus of what was expected to be a short lived music phenomenon called TECHNO, then it stands to prove two things; that it techno has taken its place amongst serious, multilayered musical genres like rock’n’roll, pop and folk music. And that KOMPAKT has never been only for techno, but KOMPAKT stands as a broad-minded, genre-defying entity that has set out to cross-pollinate all kinds of musical inventions within the realm of electronic music. Through its course, KOMPAKT has sent “Around The World”, all kinds of sub-genres, concept series and crossover adventures based on the non- negotiable 4/4 beat. And back again. Without a doubt, the 100% kick drum-free POP AMBIENT series is the most endearing and enduring concept that I have had the pleasure to curate. From the start, I felt there was a strong need to add a certain pop- elegance - ensouled by discourse as much as hedonism - to a sound that was recognised as “Chill Out” music that could be heard in seedy techno club back rooms and forgotten festival areas. Over the years, I like to imagine that POP AMBIENT has crystallised into a highly recognisable trademark sound and a multi-facetted musical universe of its own. So once again, I had the pleasure to put together this year’s edition by plowing through an ocean of sonic jewellery that had been submitted from all over the world by new and old friends. The task was clear: for this special edition, I must create a homogenous listening experience that would both appeal to our trusting followers, to continue our tradition while integrating new micro facets , variations and influences from neighbouring musical universes as possible. Obligatory while being innovative. Conspiratorial while being cosmopolitan. Albeit the headline “Ambient” might sound a little too humble for a compilation that encompasses aspects of neo classic, atonal music and the most beautiful aural kitsch imaginable, it still helps as a necessary means of orientation in the best possible sense. Same goes for another dear tradition: Veronika Unland’s abstract-floral cover design that keeps on pleasing our sore eyes year after year. Although each and every POP AMBIENT edition doesn’t shy away from diving into the relevant question of “What is contemporary discourse music” – in the end it all boils down to that elevated moment where all theory dissolves into ambient air, into a higher state of cosmic bliss. POP AMBIENT is sacral music for non-believers. Wolfgang Voigt Cologne, October 2018. Tracklisting:  A1/01 Thore Pfeiffer – Alles Wird Gut A2/02 Coupler – A Plain Of Reeds A3/03 The Black Frame – The Uncertainty Principle B1/04 Kenneth James Gibson – Gone Too Soon B2/05 Morgen Wurde feat. Maria Estrella – Schien Immer C1/06 Gregor Schwellenbach – Rot 2 C2/07 Last Train To Brooklyn - Bluebird C3/08 Max Würden feat. Luis Reichard – Zweitens C4/09 Thomas Fehlmann – Karenina D1/10 Leandro Fresco – Araña De Vidrio D2/11 Yui Onodera – Cromo 3 D3/12 Triola – Adren D4/13 Max Würden – Core

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