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Genre/Influences: Electro-ambient, dance-pop, ambient-techno, downtempo, experimental.

Background/Info: The “Total”-series started in 1999. The latest series reveals an impressive cocktail of great artists active at the wider fields of ‘electronic’ music, but related with music genres such as ambient, techno, dance, experimental and downtempo. It’s an opportunity to (re)discover great formations active on the German Kompakt label. Next to ‘familiar’ cuts this compilation also features new tracks.

Bands: T. Raumschmiere, Voigt & Voigt, Sebastopol, Laurent Garnier, Demian, The Orb ao.

Content: The first disc sounds globally speaking pretty sensual. Most of the tracks are driven by downtempo rhythms and groovy sequences. Some artists are feature female vocals accentuating the sensuality supporting this work.

The second disc sounds more danceable and characterized by groovy passages. I also noticed more evasive cuts and even a somewhat dub-dance track.

+ + + : The tracklist bringing several great and renowned named together is impressive. But I also like the diversity of this compilation. Kompakt definitely confirms its open-minded perception about electronic artist. It’s cool to get a compilation moving from T. Raumschmiere to Laurent Garnier to The Orb. Nevertheless I was more pleased by the sensuality and delicacy of Nu U Orchestra, the groovy dance approach of Sasha feat. Poliça and the somewhat dub style of Danny Daze & Shokh.

– – – : It’s just about personal taste, but I prefer the second disc, which is more danceable and I dare to say more creative in sound.

Conclusion: “Total 17” is a very good opportunity to (re)discover the finest music released on Kompakt. You get the hottest electronics of today featuring 21 artists and tracks.

Best bands: Sasha feat. Poliça, Danny Daze & Shokh, Nu U Orchestra, The Orb.

Rate: (8).

Label: www.kompakt.fm / www.facebook.com/KompaktRecords

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