Detroit techno visionary Derrick May has revealed plans to re-launch his seminal Transmat label. In an interview with Bodytonic, May talks about his plans for the revived imprint, and credits Carl Craig and his legendary work ethic as the inspiration behind this about-turn.
This reissue will coincide with the 35th anniversary of their Autobahn album.
The reissue, however, will not include the band’s first three albums — Kraftwerk 1 (1970), Kraftwerk 2 (1972), Ralf und Florian (1973) —, focusing on the better known part of their catalog, from Autobahn (1974) to Tour de France (2003), and including The Mix (1993).
Leaving out the first albums and including The Mix is a decision I find questionnable, but hey, I don’t work for Mute, do I?
As for Tour de France, it’s so recent, does it really need a remastered version?
In any case, I don’t want to sound like a party-pooper, I’m really happy about this news!
Entitled 12345678, the reissue will be available in these various formats:
- 8 individual CDs presented in special slipcases featuring newly expanded artwork, including many previously unseen images all of which have been reproduced to the highest technical standards.
- CD Box Set containing 8 CDs in ‘mini-vinyl’ card wallet packaging, plus individual large format booklets.
- 8 individual heavyweight vinyl LPs with large format booklets.
- Digital downloads
As a mini-grieving for the non-inclusion of their first albums in the reissue, I propose you listen or discover this track:
Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck (from Kraftwerk 1, 1970)
Kraftwerk – Ruckzuck
Oh! Boy!! Can’t wait to see and hear this! 😀
Hot on the heels of his new album, DJ T. — who you might know as the co-founder of German label Get Physical — offers us a two hours and 13 minutes mix of nice House and TecHouse floorburners via FACT Magazine, a site you can’t live without unless you just didn’t know about it.
Two hours and 13 minutes…
Looks like I’m no longer the only one doing post-CD-length mixes! 😉
Andy Meecham’s Emperor Machine project debuted on DC Recordings in 2003 with the ‘Pro Mars’ 12″, but it was Vertical Tones And Horizontal Noise – a series of six 12″s released between 2005 and 2007 and collected on an album of the same name – that caused the world really to really sit up and take notice. Combining pure analogue experimentation with aspects of cosmic disco, smack-rock, kosmische, free jazz, ambient and house, Meecham created something akin to a total, all-encompassing psychedelia. These days the ‘Machine isn’t simply a solo studio project: it has a live band incarnation, which toured to great acclaim last year and will be hitting the road again this summer, including a date at Glastonbury. Space Beyond The Egg reflects – to some degree – the more organic, improvisational direction that The Emperor Machine has take, without compromising what made it great in the first place.