On March 1st, 1993, we opened the blue doors on Gladbacher Straße 36 for the very first time and thus, a new record store was born. Two moves, a name change, almost exactly 500 publications and a staggering 20 years later, KOMPAKT is still here and stronger than ever. That's why throughout 2013, we're celebrating "20 YEARS OF KOMPAKT" in all shapes and colors, including this second entry in the KOLLEKTION series, a jam-packed follow-up to the hugely successful KOLLEKTION 1 (KOMPAKT CD 105).
As with the first volume, we plunged into our extensive archives and looked for personal favorites as well as certified bangers, dovetailing the new and the old, the rough stuff and the soft, funky noises and epic melodies. Although we cast a slightly wider net with this one, you should consider every single track on the list a tried and true label classic, sounds that we think helped define what KOMPAKT is today. That goes for both the 2CD release (KOMPAKT CD 109) and the vinyl edition at hand, which holds the highlights from KOLLEKTION 2's hand-picked line-up. Again, we crowdsourced the tracklist and had our fans decide what is going to be on the vinyl... resulting in a very fine selection indeed.
KOLLEKTION 2 is a perfect opportunity to plug the first installment's gaping holes: feeling a little bit like we're robbing Peter to pay Paul, we had to make some pretty tough choices when compiling KOLLEKTION 1, such as the omission of a certain JÜRGEN PAAPE – after all, KOMPAKT's reclusive giant is responsible for some of our greatest releases, such as the timeless house ballad WIR FLIEGEN SOWEIT WIE NOCH NIE. It makes for a perfect entry point to KOLLEKTION 2 alongside other fixtures in our label canon like MICHAEL MAYER's PRIDE IS WEAKER THAN LOVE or LAWRENCE's TEASER.
In the secret weapons department, you'll find yourself treated to SUPERPICHER's floor juggernaut IRRE or COMA's PLAYGROUND (representing the label's rat pack). CLOSER MUSIK's achingly beautiful MARIA makes a well-deserved appearance, as do two of SPEICHER's biggest hits, KÖLSCH's LORELEY and OXIA's DOMINO. Never shy to branch out while caring for the roots, KOLLEKTION 2 navigates 20 years of producing, releasing and dancing to electronic music... the best job in the world, if you ask us.