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Various Artists - Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:8 Release Date:2019-03-29
Various Artists - Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1
Various Artists - Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1

German electronic music label Kompakt is no stranger to annual curated compilations. So far it had Total, curated by Michael Meyer which presents new label talent mostly concentrating on house music, while the brilliant Pop Ambient series curated by Wolfgang Voit, usually presents the best selection of ambient tracks around.

Now, the label has decided to open another series titled Velvet Desert Music curated by Jörg Burger also known as The Modernist, and a few other aliases. Again it concentrates on the artists that are in some way connected to Kompakt, or have in some way influenced the music of their artists, at the same time retaining the concept of including only unreleased tracks or different mixes.

Based on the first volume, what the additional twist in the concept for Velvet Desert Music seems to be, is to include as diverse musical influences as possible, and Burger certainly has his head filled with quite a few diverse sounds. At least four tracks come from him or his aliases and they rank among the better stuff on the album, particularly the acoustically/jazzed-up tinges of “Magic Lantern (Velvet Edit)” and slowed down psych tones of “Memphisto”.

The rest of the material ranges from the very mellow (in the best manner) opener of Terrapin’s “Cirrus Minor (The Black Flame Extract)”, through the Krautrock shades of Can in Cologne Tape’s "Welt 10 (Jörg Burger Mix)” and Paulor’s “Arrival” to Rebolledo & The Novotones’ shades of Ennio Morricone on “Mountain Eagle (The Black Frame Desert Mix)” and Sascha Funke & Cosmo Vitelli’s minimal techno of “Botzaris”.

Although it might sound a bit too disparate and hard to swallow, it actually works as a coherent musical concept contrary to all odds, indicating that it was probably quite a painstaking process for Burger to make everything work together. Yet another promising series from Kompakt.

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