Kompakt Turns 20 In 2013
, January 11th, 2013 09:33
Cologne's long-running techno/electronica stronghold preparing to celebrate two decades in business - details below
Cologne's long-running Kompakt celebrates 20 years in business this year. The label and record store, headed up by Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer and Jürgen Paape, is among the most influential institutions in modern electronic music, having been at the forefront of the development of microhouse and contemporary minimal techno. Mayer and Voigt's own music has been equally instrumental in establishing the label's distinctive identity - melodic, warm and hazy club music that frequently evaporates off the dancefloor entirely: the latter's vaporous ambient techno as GAS (followed up by last year's Mohn project), for example, was a precursor to more recent releases by the likes of The Field and Walls.
"On March 1st, 1993, we opened the blue doors on Gladbacher Straße 36 for the first time, and a new record store was born," Two moves, a name change, almost exactly 500 publications and a staggering 20 years later, we are still there! Time to party!"
To celebrate two decades in action, they've announced there will be a variety of things happening across the course of 2013: "Jubilee releases and merchandising products", a European anniversary tour that represents the full breadth of Kompakt's artist roster, which will also be accompanied by a pop-up version of Kompakt's Cologne record shop. So far Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Berlin are locked down, but more cities will also be involved. There are also "an exclusive documentary and an extensive fanzine" in the works.
In addition to all the anniversary action, the label also promises another busy year of new releases: new albums are due from Voigt & Voigt, Coma, The Field, Gui Boratoo and Justus Köhncke. More news, as ever, when we have it.