Elektrisch! 2 - Review
It seems that these compilations come out left and right in the music scene, no matter what the genre. Magazines release them, labels release them and this particular double-disc compilation is released under Major Records and Conzoom Media music promotors (www.conzoom.org). Depending on the compilation, sometimes you get one packed with great music from the related genres, other times it's hit and miss and with Elektrisch we're presented with artists that fans will definitely recognize and maybe even a few new ones that aren't quite so well known.
I was intrigued with this release when I saw the list of bands contributing their works and remixers contributing the remixes. Everything presented here is pretty rare or exclusive, so it's something that fans can easily pick up and feel like it's worth the money spent. With the limited edition release we're presented with 28 tracks spanning two discs and including many great artists from the synth, electro and EBM genres. Right from the start of the first disc we have one of the most legendary synthpop acts around with Alphaville and the "Sebastian R. Komor Extended Remix" which adds some heavy pounding beats and some additional loops to an already excellent track. Then it's just one legendary group right after another with Camouflage, Deine Lakaien, Erasure, Mess, Assemblage 23 and Unheilig. The tracks presented are all excellent works, most fairly new and all of the remixes are very well done. This is a nice treat since so many remix albums lately have been lacking in many aspects, sometimes totally destroying an otherwise good song. In addition to these very well known bands, we also get a taste of some fairly new acts including the newly popular electro-clash act Client with their popular single "Zerox Machine". X-Perience has been around for a while, but are not very well known outside of certain circles, so this is great exposure. Then I was pleasantly surprised with Goldfrapp and the catchy fun piece "Ooh La La".
So many times when we're presented with a double-disc album, the second disc is "bonus" material that may contain one or two worthwhile pieces, but is mainly just "extra" stuff that really only die-hard collectors will enjoy. Once again I was pleased to see that this isn't the case with this release as the second CD includes just as many great, fun, dance-friendly tracks as the first. Again we're presented with well-known acts like [:SITD:], Code 64, Psyche, Iris, Technoir and Neuropa. All of these bands are excellent and contribute great tracks, some of which stand out as favorites and the remixes are very well done.
Along with the 28 tracks, the album comes packaged in a regular 2-CD jewel case, but has liner notes with information on each band, each song included along with information on the remixer. As I sat down to listen to this album after a few times I read through the liner notes and found it helpful and interesting to know a little bit more about each artist involved. This is more than just a fun DJ album, this is an excellent collector's item for anyone that loves any of the synth and electro-pop related genres. Everything fits in well as a whole without any tracks being out of place and no one artist can take credit as an "anchor" or "selling point" for the disc, because it's packed with great material. Apart from one or two pieces or remixes, this is a stellar album that people will enjoy, don't hesitate to pick it up.