RELEASES ARCHIVE 2012


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KLUSTER

Schwarz (Eruption). CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Kluster was a short-lived project of three musicians/artists/performers: Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Konrad Schnitzler. They recorded two albums in 1970, unprecedented in their experimental radicalism. Chaotic, apocalyptic (noise) improvisations, a sound later termed industrial music. Kluster disbanded as Moebius and Roedelius found the financial risk of bringing out a third album too daunting. Schnitzler decided to go ahead on his own, releasing the material they had recorded together, without any information or credits on the pure black LP sleeve. Moebius and Roedelius continued as a duo under the name of Cluster.

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PALAIS SCHAUMBURG

"Palais Schaumburg". Deluxe reissue: 2-CD, 2-vinyl (180g) + 7" + CD, download.

In 2012 the one and only Palais Schaumburg reunited in the classic line-up (Holger Hiller, Thomas Fehlmann, Ralf Hertwig, Timo Blunck). These days, alongside to the central works of the famous Krautrock bands, their debut album is one of the most sought-after albums of German avant-garde music internationally. Our deluxe reissue includes a second CD/LP containing all the pieces that the band recorded prior to their debut album (all of them for the first time on CD), and a previously unreleased recording of a concert in Holland. The double LP additionally contains a single with four tracks from a concert in Hamburg. A lavish booklet includes rare photographs and liner notes by Chris Bohn, editor of the British music magazine "The Wire".

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

"Consequenz". CD, vinyl (180g), download

Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. At the end of the 70's Schnitzler's harmonies and rhythms seemed to be drifting towards pop. The "Consequenz" album, released in 1980 – as the title suggests – was the logical consequence. The reissue comes with liner notes, rare photos and two bonus tracks. Available on CD (Digipak), vinyl (180g) and for download

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

"Con 3". CD, vinyl (180g), download

With his sixth regular album, released in 1981, the avant-garde artist/musician Conrad Schnitzler seemed to dive deeper into "commercial territory" (he even sings!). "Con 3" might have sounded rather disconcerting to Schnitzler listeners at the time. He dared to attempt a balancing act between the high artistic aspirations of the avant-garde and the more entertainment-driven nature of pop music. Many had tried their luck at this tour de force and failed, not least because they lacked the necessary credibility. Not Schnitzler. He remained true to himself, and hence retained his credibility, integrating his new experiences and information resources wisely and creatively into his idiosyncratic and unmistakable music. Our reissue comes with liner notes, rare photos and six bonus tracks. Available on CD (Digipak), vinyl (180g) and for download

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ANDREAS DORAU

"Demokratie". CD, vinyl (180g), download

Andreas Dorau, born 1964, is a marvellous pop musician, equipped with the choicest humour and the gift of creating wonderful melodies. Aged 16, he wrote the huge hit "Fred vom Jupiter" and has been championed erroniously as representing German New Wave (NDW) ever since. After a five year hiatus, Dorau rediscovered his musical mojo in 1988. Influenced by the sounds of the sixties, he presented the "Demokratie" album, arranged by Michael Nyman, a set of fantastic pop songs with rousing, at times bizarre, arrangements. The reissue comes with liner notes, rare photos and two bonus tracks. Available on CD (Digipak), vinyl (180g) and for download

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ANDREAS DORAU

"Ärger mit der Unsterblichkeit". CD, vinyl (180g), download

Inspired by sampling technology and the do-it-yourself spirit, Andreas Dorau recorded his fourth album at home together with Tommi Eckardt (2raumwohnung). Lined with fine samples and drum loops, Dorau again delivered an album rich in dazzling pop songs. The reissue, originally released 1992, comes with liner notes, rare photos and two bonus tracks. Available on CD (Digipak) for download and for the first time on vinyl (180g)!

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SCHNEIDER TM

"Construction Sounds". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download

This album is what results when a delicate musician has to live amidst Berlin's construction noise for eight years, during the time when the former working class district of Prenzlauer Berg was transformed into a neighborhood for higher-income earners. Schneider TM (Dirk Dresselhaus) recorded the sounds and patterns produced by the construction workers and combined these moments with the electronic recordings that he made during this period – a truly unique listening experience!

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HILDEGARD KNEF by HANS NIESWANDT

"Remixed – 12 Versions by Hans Nieswandt". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download

Ten years ago Cologne-based DJ and producer Hans Nieswandt had made a remix of a song by the legendary German chanteuse Hildegard Knef ("Bei dir war es immer so schön") and had since always touted this work as one of the best remix experiences of his entire career. When Bureau B knocked on Nieswandt's door to propose the production of a complete Knef remix album, he didn't need to consider it for long. The reason for this was the special quality of the raw material – complete, digitized orchestral tracks from the early and mid 70's, played by Germany's finest musicians and recorded with the best microphones in rooms with ideal acoustics. And having Knef's voice as a dry a cappella is something so incredibly rare and precious, which most people never get a chance to hear.

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HILDEGARD KNEF by WHIRLPOOL PRODUCTIONS

"Remixed by Whirlpool Productions". 12" vinyl, download

After a ten year hiatus Whirlpool Productions are back on the scene! Alongside the production of Hans Nieswandt's album of remixes of songs by the legendary German chansonniere Hildegard Knef, the most fortunate of circumstances has led to the new activities by Whirlpool Productions: They took on Knef's "Das ist Berlin". This remix is flanked by Eric D. Clark's perspective on "Ich liebe euch", Justus Köhncke's rendition of "Und wenn ich wage dich zu lieben" and Hans Nieswandt's remix of "Ich schreib dir ein Buch". Pressed in a limited four track vinyl edition, this may well be the prelude to more deeds to be instigated by these three meanwhile impeccably well ripened artists.

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KREIDLER

"Den". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download

For recording and mixing their eleventh studio album DEN, the Düsseldorf- and Berlin-based band Kreidler chose to work at the LowSwing studio, renowned for its round sonic character. The band has said that they were initially considering making a record without any drums. Fortunately, they did not follow through with that idea. Thomas Klein's playing is an essential component of the Kreidler sound. All in all, in addition to the musical subtlety and elegant dialogical interaction which is celebrated on DEN, it can be stated with enthusiasm that the band has not taken a single step back from its rhythmic force.

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MOEBIUS & PLANK

"En Route". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download

Dieter Moebius is a renowned experimental Krautrock / electronic musician (Cluster, Harmonia), Conny Plank is a legendary sound engineer. They recorded five albums together, the last one being "En Route" (recorded 1986, released 1995). It transports us to Moebius and Plank's customarily audacious, bizarre, wonderful and definitively unique world of sound, noise and rhythm. "En Route" is hip electronic music, yet it steers well clear of the mainstream. Includes three remixes by Manu Guiot.

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CAMERA

"Radiate!". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD

Dubbed "Krautrock Guerilla", the Berlin-based trio Camera has played with Krautrock legends Michael Rother and Dieter Moebius and performed at the German Film Prize and Echo Awards ceremonies. Camera like nothing better than playing spontaneous concerts in public spaces (to be watched on YouTube et al.) And now, as unlikely as it may once have seemed, they recorded their debut album: from driving motorik rock to serene, epically flowing tracks by way of foreboding soundscape ridges. One can clearly hear the influence of their paragons, NEU!, Harmonia, Cluster and La Düsseldorf.

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DER PLAN

"Geri Reig". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download

Der Plan (Moritz R®, Frank Fenstermacher, Pyrolator) are seen as key pioneers of the German New Wave (Neue Deutsche Welle). They revolutionized synthesizer pop on their debut album "Geri Reig" (1980): produced with minimal means, at times experimental electronic music, playful bordering on dilettantish, and always with a sense of humour. Brothers in the spirit of The Residents, but more radical. File under: Synthiepop from outer space.

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DER PLAN

"Normalette Surprise". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download

Der Plan (Moritz R®, Frank Fenstermacher, Pyrolator) are seen as key pioneers of the German New Wave (Neue Deutsche Welle). They revolutionized synthesizer pop on their debut album "Geri Reig". Their sophomore album "Normalette Surprise" saw them develop further the experimental-electronic trails of "Geri Reig", in a more accessible and even more playful vein. File under: Synthiepop from outer space.

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KLUSTER

"Klopfzeichen". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download.

Kluster was a short-lived project of three musicians/artists/performers: Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Konrad ler. They recorded two albums with Conny Plank in 1970, unprecedented in their experimental radicalism. Chaotic, apocalyptic (noise) improvisations (a sound later termed industrial), enriched with recited lyrics in places. The trio split up not long afterwards. Exchanging the K for a C, Roedelius and Moebius continued as a duo under the name of Cluster, whilst Conrad Schnitzler went solo. "Klopfzeichen" was the most radical album of the early German pop music avant-garde by a country mile. Its sounds and noises had nothing in common with the sequencer-generated electronic music emerging from Berlin or Düsseldorf. Kluster music was Angstmusik, the music of fear.

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KLUSTER

"Zwei Osterei". CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download.

Kluster was a short-lived project of three musicians/artists/performers: Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Konrad Schnitzler. They recorded two albums with Conny Plank in 1970, unprecedented in their experimental radicalism. Chaotic, apocalyptic (noise) improvisations (a sound later termed industrial), enriched with recited lyrics in places. The trio split up not long afterwards. Exchanging the K for a C, Roedelius and Moebius continued as a duo under the name of Cluster, whilst Conrad Schnitzler went solo. "Zwei Osterei" surpasses the earlier "Klopfzeichen" album by some distance in terms of its harsh noisiness and near brutal sonic attacks.

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MOEBIUS+TIETCHENS

CD, vinyl (180g) + CD, download.

With Asmus Tietchens and Dieter Moebius, two artists counting among the greats of German avant-garde electronic music have come together. Both have been active for well over thirty years: Moebius (since 1970) as a member of Kluster/Cluster and Harmonia, as well as solo and in numerous collaborations (Brian Eno, Mani Neumeier, Conny Plank, Mayo Thompson and many more), and Tietchens (since 1979) almost exclusively as a solo artist, beginning in the fields of electronic music and musique concréte and later mainly in the realm of abstract music. "Moebius+Tietchens" is now their first collaboration in 32 years.

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

"Rot". CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. The red album ("Rot") from 1973 was Schnitzler's first solo LP. Our reissue features a 20 minute bonus track.

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CONRAD SCHNITZLER

"Blau". CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. The blue album ("Blau") from 1974 was Schnitzler's second solo LP. Our reissue features six bonus tracks.

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GÜNTER SCHICKERT

Überfällig. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

As Klaus Schulze's roadie and assistant, Günter Schickert came into early contact with electronic music. He released two albums on Brain and Sky in the 1970s. "Überfällig" features psychedelia with a "kosmische" touch, influenced by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream etc. Lengthy pieces with complex layers of rhythmic-harmonic sequences, expansive echoes and reverberation, extrapolated improvisations. A great trip!

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TARWATER / KREIDLER

Exclusive 2012 Record Store Day 12" five track split vinyl.

Kreidler and Tarwater are important protagonists of the new German electronic music scene. Both bands combine electronic and analogue sounds. One of the main differences: While Kreidler makes mainly instrumental music, Tarwater use vocals on nearly every track. Our exclusive Record Store Day 2012 release features five tracks that haven't been used for their latest albums and are available on this very 12" only!

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ULRICH SCHNAUSS+MARK PETERS / PYROLATOR

Exclusive 2012 Record Store Day 12" two track split vinyl.

Ulrich Schnauss is the master of shoegazer indietronica and has just released a marvellous and highly acclaimed collaboration album with Mark Peters, guitarist of the british dreampop band Engineers on Bureau B. Pyrolator (Kurt Dahlke) is the co-founder of the legendary German Ata Tak record label, and a pioneer in electronic music. Last year he released his fifth regular studio album after 24 years. Our exclusive Record Store Day 2012 release features two tracks that haven't been used for the latest albums of Schnauss/Peters and Pyrolator. They are available on this very 12" only!

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FAUST / LIKE A STUNTMAN

Exclusive 2012 Record Store Day 12" three track split vinyl.

Faust are one of the main protagonists of krautrock. When their first LP was released in 1971, their collage of Dadaism, avant-garde rock and free improvisation radically divided opinion. In 2012, their still alive and kicking! Their track on our exclusive 12-inch is a previously unreleased outtake from their most recent recording session. Like A Stuntman play eccentric, weird, harmonic, glitchy electro kraut pop like you have never heard before. Their music has been classified as "krautrock for the post Radiohead generation" and the band as "Germany's Animal Collective". Especially for this vinyl edition the Hamburg and Frankfurt based quartet recorded two brand new songs which prove their uniqueness once again.

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DEUTSCH-AMERIKANISCHE FREUNDSCHAFT (DAF)

Ein Produkt der DAF. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

If you read the name DAF you probably expect forceful synth bass sounds, snappy rhythms, Gabi Delgado and leather – but that was all conspicuously absent when Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft released their debut album in 1979. Later to find global fame as a duo, DAF's 1979 line-up of Robert Görl, Wolfgang Spelmans, Kurt Dahlke (Pyrolator) and Michael Kemner created what was quite possibly the world's first noise-rock album. Radical, brutish, instrumental.

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JUNIOR ELECTRONICS

MUSOSTICS. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Junior Electronics is the solo work of musician and sound engineer Joe Watson. Joe has played keyboards with Stereolab since 2004 and engineered their last three albums. He has also worked with The High Llamas, Monade, Mary Hampton, John Cunningham and others. He runs the studio flipflop in his hometown Brighton, UK.

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PYROLATOR

Inland. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Pyrolator is the co-founder of the legendary German label and publisher Ata Tak, was a member of various seminal post-punk bands such as D.A.F. and Der Plan and released solo albums under his artist name from 1979 onwards until today. His debut album "Inland" from 1979 features cold, urbane, disconcerting synthesizer sounds and aural collages, imbued with the post-punk/industrial zeitgeist as the seventies segued into the eighties. Yet sounding so fresh, it might have been recorded today. This reissue contains 6 bonus tracks.

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PYROLATOR

Ausland. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Pyrolator is the co-founder of the legendary German label and publisher Ata Tak, was a member of various seminal post-punk bands such as D.A.F. and Der Plan and released solo albums under his artist name from 1979 onwards until today. "Ausland" has been released 1981 and is an extremely diverse, avant-garde pop album, mixing exotica, bossa nova, disco and spoken word vocals with synthesizer pop, new wave and industrial sounds. The reissue contains 8 bonus tracks.

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QLUSTER

Antworten. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

"Antworten" is an early Qluster statement. It has been recorded before the two other albums of the Qluster trilogy "Fragen/Rufen/Antworten". Seldom has a musical duo been so united in heart and soul as Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Onnen Bock on that January evening 2007, when they recorded their improvised nocturnes on two Steinway grand pianos in the Berliner Philharmonie. Completely unplugged and utterly relaxed, Roedelius and Bock tossed musical ideas back and forth without pause, occasionally adding in the delicate tone of a distant singing bowl.

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39 CLOCKS

Subnarcotic. CD, download.

Second album by the legendary Hanover duo, that was notorious for transgressing every rule in the music business book. Systematically. And with style. The 39 Clocks invented the Original Psycho Beat: futuristic, hypnotic 60s psychedelia with a beatbox deferred to the early 80s. "Subnarcotic" from 1982 is the pivotal work in the band's history. The reissue is mastered from the original tapes (in better sound quality than the original vinyl), and includes a previously unreleased bonus track

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ULRICH SCHNAUSS & MARK PETERS

Underrated Silence. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Ulrich Schnauss, master of shoegazer indietronica, and Mark Peters, bass player, guitarist and songwriter in the British band Engineers, present their first collaboration: They have crafted music which is enchanting in the truest sense of the word, shimmering sounds, floating echoes, rhythmically reverberant chords which wrap themselves around the listener, lifting him into a state of suspension and carrying him gently away.

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ANDREAS DORAU (DIE DORAUS UND DIE MARINAS)

Blumen und Narzissen. CD, vinyl (180g), download.

Andreas Dorau, born 1964, is a marvellous pop musician, equipped with the choicest humour and the gift of creating wonderful melodies. Aged 16, he wrote the huge hit "Fred vom Jupiter" and has been championed erroniously as representing German New Wave (NDW) ever since. "Blumen und Narzissen" (1981) is Dorau's first LP: an independent product and an accordingly unpolished production. "Fred vom Jupiter" is just one of many good-tempered and infectious pop hits included.

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ANDREAS DORAU (DIE DORAUS UND DIE MARINAS)

Die Doraus und Marinas geben offenherzige Antworten auf brennende Fragen.
CD, vinyl (180g), download

On his sophomore LP in 1983, Andreas Dorau carries on where he left off with "Blumen und Narzissen" (see above): one pop hit follows another in quick succession. Only this time the songs are professionally produced and radio-friendly.

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MOEBIUS + RENZIEHAUSEN

Ersatz. CD, vinyl (180g), download

Dieter Moebius is one of the most important protagonists of avant-garde electronic music in Germany. Alongside his bands Cluster and Harmonia he participated in numerous collaborations (e.g. with Brian Eno, Mani Neumeier/Guru Guru and Conny Plank). Karl Renziehausen, visual artist and constructor of sound sculptures, was a fringe member of the Forst/Weser Uplands creative community (home to Moebius, Rother, Roedelius et al). His profound understanding of computers motivated Moebius to enter into a collaboration with him. The music: surrealist, minimal / experimental electronics. "Adventures in sound, a world brought to life by the most remarkable characters and atmospheres." (Asmus Tietchens)

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MOEBIUS + RENZIEHAUSEN

Ersatz II. CD, vinyl (180g), download

Dieter Moebius is one of the most important protagonists of avant-garde electronic music in Germany. Alongside his bands Kluster/Cluster and Harmonia, he participated in numerous collaborations (with the likes of Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier/Guru Guru). Karl Renziehausen, visual artist and constructor of sound sculptures, was a fringe member of the Forst/Weser Uplands creative community (home to Moebius, Rother, Roedelius et al). His profound understanding of computers motivated Moebius to enter into a collaboration with him. The music: surrealist, minimal / experimental electronics. "Adventures in sound, a world brought to life by the most remarkable characters and atmospheres." (Asmus Tietchens)

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