Review: Alongside regular studio buddy Ralf Beck and a slew of guest musicians, Sebastian Lee Philipp made his debut as Die Wild Jagd in 2015 with a superb debut album on Bureau B. Here Philipp and Beck offer up album number three (their second set appeared in 2018) on the same label. It's an inspired fusion of ambient, krautrock and experimental electronics featuring four lengthy compositions. Perhaps the best place to start is with ten-minute epic "Himmelfahrten", a hazy, hypnotic and low-slung affair in which echoing vocals, nagging guitar hooks and weirdo effects rise above a killer krautrock groove. Like the other cuts on the set, the track intensifies greatly as it goes along, before breaking down into the most blissful of ambient endings.
Harald Grosskopf - "So Weit, So Gut" (CD1: Synthesist (1980))
Harald Grosskopf - "B Aldrian"
Harald Grosskopf - "Emphasis"
Harald Grosskopf - "Synthesist"
Harald Grosskopf - "1847-Earth"
Harald Grosskopf - "Trauma"
Harald Grosskopf - "Transcendental Overdrive"
Harald Grosskopf - "Tai Ki"
Steve Baltes - "Earth-1847" (CD2)
Thorsten Quaeschning - "So Weit, So Gut"
Paul Frick - "Synthesist"
Kreidler - "Earth-1847"
Pyrolator - "Synthesist"
Love Songs - "Earth-1847"
Stefan Lewin - "Synthesist"
Camera - "Synthesist"
Tellavision - "Emphasis"
Review: Initially recorded and released in 1980, Ashra drummer Harold Grosskopf's debut solo album "Synthesist" has long been one of the essential audio documents of the "Berliner Schule" (Berlin school) electronic scene. It's certainly a stunning album: a set of attractive, futuristic, far-sighted synthesizer soundscapes, created at a time when electronic music technology was still in its infancy, that combines heady, beat-less ambient workouts and Terry Riley style minimalist movements, with more up-tempo workouts that recall the period work of Tangerine Dream. This 40th anniversary reissue from Bureau B showcases a re-mastered version of the original album on side A, with a second disc of equally ear-catching contemporary interpretations by the likes of Paul Fick, Steve Baltes, Love Songs and Stefan Lewin.
Review: Kreidler and Automat have unconsciously kept the Krautrock heritage alive, with both sets of outfits mystically blending more traditional instruments together with nutty electronic twerkings. For their Record Store Day special, they've joined forces with Genesis P-Orridge, formerly of Throbbing Gristle, and have given us a magnetic split release. Automat's tracks are mechanical but nonetheless organic in texture, rendered even more fragile by P-Orridge's trademark rantings. Kreidler, on the other hand, go for a more classic approach, where electronic guitars are twisted and turned into an absolute frenzy amid slicing drum breaks and subtle electronic manipulations. Needless to say, this is a strong release from Bureau B.