Made a pakt with the devil, sold my soul for a fistful of dots
So: Kompakt 100. What's to say? Where to begin? I'm still absorbing -- and pleased to note that there's enough grit beneath the gleaming surface to keep me occupied, soaking, sponging. Nothing, so far, is as I'd expect it to sound. And I'm pleased to note that this is going to send me back to my shelves for reference purposes, because a lot of the originals I haven't heard in ages. But by way of introduction, how hot is it that Jochem Spieth's mix of Mayer's "17&4" is punctured again and again by a glistening, pointed bleep that sounds straight out of "Tainted Love"?
Top tune so far: Reinhard Voigt's Closer Musik Megamix.
Runner up: Jürgen Paape redoing Schaeben & Voss's "World Is Crazy."
Cheekiest move: Schaeben & Voss remixing themselves.
Surprise pan-Latin masterpiece: Matias Aguayo & Leandro Fresco remixing Fresco's "Cera Uno."
Disappointment so far: Kaito's version of Superpitcher's "Tomorrow." Lovely and breezy, yeah, but I wanted someone to suck the darkness out of that sucker and fill up a vial with it, a potent little cyanide capsule for the days you need it most. Then again, one of the interesting and risky things about a project like this is the inevitable disappointment that ensues, at least for fans like myself who have spent too much time playing Sim Kompakt, wondering what would happen if Jonas Bering took on Dettinger, or Dettinger attacked Closer Musik (another disappointment here, I must add; perhaps that track just couldn't have been improved?). It's not just the relative success or failure of a particular track, but the lost possibilities. If Kompakt is going to go this far with it, I want them to go all the way, a total many-to-many remix free-for-all, each Kompakt artist remixing every other one in a sort of massive distributed simultaneity that would gather together the collective essence of Kompakt and parcel it out into thousands of little truffles. I know that the format of this comp was that Kompakt's core artists chose their favorite tracks to remix, but that's too much choice for me. Wolfgang is a powerful guy -- why couldn't he just have ordered his minions to undertake the most massive remix project of all time? (And yes, I realize I'm being greedy.)