It's not just another checked box on our world domination plan: the TOTAL compilation series returns in 2015 for its 15th instalment, with an ample array of tunes from revered Kompakt mainstays like WASSERMANN aka Wolfgang Voigt, SUPERPITCHER, JÜRGEN PAAPE, MICHAEL MAYER and more - yet, the overall stance and actual content of TOTAL 15 feels just as fresh, thrilling and playful as back in 1999, when the first TOTAL hit those tool-infested record shelves like an asteroid a dinosaur population.
This might have to do with the sheer talent and - most importantly - the unabated creative drive obvious in the work from both upcoming and seasoned producers such as GUI BORATTO, DAUWD, VERMONT, SASCHIENNE, COMA, DAVE DK, MATIAS AGUAYO, JOHN TEJADA and more. As per usual, we take the opportunity of a new TOTAL compilation to present bestsellers and favorites from our current catalogue - check out the cuts from KÖLSCH, AUDION, TERRANOVA, AGORIA, REX THE DOG or BLOND:ISH and relive some of the best floor moments in recent club memory.
But as those of you following the TOTAL series already know, we also love to sneak in unreleased material - unheard original music from our core artists and most iconic projects, spiced up with exciting input from some of Kompakt's new inductees. For TOTAL 15, the return of Wolfgang Voigt's concept rave alter ego WASSERMANN certainly is one of the biggest showstoppers - his EISEN MEIN HERZ is an instant leftfield classic, coupling deconstructed text excerpts from Thomas Mann's "Confessions of Felix Krull" with a vintage beat 'n' bass combo in all its raucous glory .
JÜRGEN PAAPE lifts the veil on his latest sonic musings with the smart futurism from MANIPURI, followed by MICHAEL MAYER's pop concrete jewel HUMMM (vinyl only) and SUPERPITCHER's delirious flute stomper FREIHERR. Meanwhile, rising Dutch duo WEVAL gets a propelling, TOTAL-exclusive remix treatment from upcoming Speicher heroes HUNTER/GAME - a perfect companion to label ally PATRICE BÄUMEL who presents one of his finest vocal chop jobs so far in FENOMENO (vinyl only).
Which brings us to VOIGT & VOIGT's AKIRA: originally stemming from the duo's ground-breaking full-length DIE ZAUBERHAFTE WELT DER ANDEREN (KOMPAKT 274 CD 104), the new REEPERBAHN MIX (vinyl only) takes the mantra-like source material and infuses it with some decidedly grainy feel - a funky sound collage of field recordings, accordion and beats. Jörg Burger aka The Modernist has the honor to conclude the 2015 instalment of TOTAL with SACROSANCT, a cut from his new project THE BLACK FRAME with American painter and singer Amelia Fais Harnas - and proof of Burger's indie pop sensibilities as well as his impressive skill set when it comes to unadulterated songwriting.