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Staubgold

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In only a few years of activity, the German label Staubgold has established itself as a major creative mill of experimental techno. With a little over 20 titles under its belt, it released a sampler CD simply titled Staubgold, distributed to subscribers of the British magazine the Wire with issue number 213 (October 2001). The publication had been supporting the label with good press, so this was a foreseeable wedding. The CD contains tracks from 11 recent releases (including some 7" and 10" vinyls), two previews from then-forthcoming albums (by Sack -- of Sack und Blumm -- and Institut für Feinmotorik), and an unreleased remix by Schlammpeitziger. The enhanced portion of the disc also includes a video for Groenland Orchester's "Tonika Oase" (a collage of animated geometrical shapes). The label's activities span a relatively large spectrum of music with quite some distance between the playful experimental techno of Sack und Blumm or Groenland Orchester and the experimental electro/sound art of Oren Ambarchi and Ekkehard Ehlers (his two EPs Plays Albert Ayler and Plays John Cassavetes are represented). The album is nicely sequenced, the tracks seguing gracefully into each other. When edits were necessary, the spirit of the piece has been preserved. If you can get hold of this CD, it makes a great introduction to the German left-field techno scene, on and off the dancefloor.

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