Total 4

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Kompakt has grown in more ways than one since they released their first 12" in late 1998. Not only have they avoided painting themselves into a corner by cultivating a steadily developing roster of unpredictable producers that switches pitch from release to release, but they have also nuzzled up nice and close to dance-pop, slowly seducing the form with a number of delightful tracks that have incorporated pop arrangements and sweet melodies. Now that the label has the Pop Ambient series for their amnioscopy soundtracks, more space on the annual Total compilations is left for their unique and increasingly emulated spins on dance-pop and experimental techno. To its credit, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Kompakt has grown in more ways than one since they released their first 12" in late 1998. Not only have they avoided painting themselves into a corner by cultivating a steadily developing roster of unpredictable producers that switches pitch from release to release, but they have also nuzzled up nice and close to dance-pop, slowly seducing the form with a number of delightful tracks that have incorporated pop arrangements and sweet melodies. Now that the label has the Pop Ambient series for their amnioscopy soundtracks, more space on the annual Total compilations is left for their unique and increasingly emulated spins on dance-pop and experimental techno. To its credit, Total 4 features more song-based material than any of the preceding Kompakt collections. Jurgen Paape's "Mit Dir" is a fluttery confection with elegant female vocals that sound as if they were taken from a decades-old radio program; M. Mayer's "Falling Hands" is a smeary shoegaze-house mongrel that could've been mixed by Alan Moulder; Schaeben & Voss' "The World Is Crazy 2" is a flapping rumble of a squelch-house track that's a wobble or two short of being a Pantytec ripoff; Superpitcher's cover of Brian Eno's "Baby's on Fire" is disappointingly polite synth pop; Autobianchi's "All Around Everybody's Kissing" is so contemporary and accessible that it should've put the producer/vocalist duo on Top of the Pops. As for the tracks without vocals, Thomas Fehlmann, Jonas Bering, and Voigt & Voigt kick in with brilliant, beat-driven, dubby tech tracks that pick up where Chain Reaction and M left off. To put a cap on it all, Closer Musik closes off the disc with "Maria," another achingly glowing instrumental. [The double vinyl version has four less tracks; Schaeben & Voss' and Fehlmann's are different -- and less spectacular -- than the ones on the CD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2004
  • Label: Kompakt Germany
  • UPC: 718752603225
  • Catalog Number: 18

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Making It Whistle (6:10)
  2. 2 Mit Dir (4:28)
  3. 3 Marine (4:42)
  4. 4 Baby's on Fire (6:17)
  5. 5 Falling Hands - Michael Mayer (5:54)
  6. 6 Station 18 (5:05)
  7. 7 The World Is Crazy 2 (5:45)
  8. 8 Frei - Freiland (5:40)
  9. 9 Die Andere (6:10)
  10. 10 Roxy (6:45)
  11. 11 All Around (Everybody's Kissing) (5:09)
  12. 12 Beautiful Day (7:29)
  13. 13 Maria (5:09)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Thomas Fehlmann Producer
Michael Mayer Producer
Reinhard Voigt Producer
Freiland Producer
Justus Köhncke Producer
Jürgen Paape Producer
Schaeben & Voss Producer
Jonas Bering Producer
Superpitcher Producer
Closer Musik Producer
Autobianchi Producer
Kaito Producer
Voigt & Voigt Producer
Aksel Schaufler Composer
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