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Michael Mayer runs Kompakt, a widely respected and much admired collection of German house and techno artists. Kompakt's club night 'Total Confusion' happens every Friday at Studio 672 in Cologne and Michael is often joined by best mates Superpitcher and Tobias Thomas.
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Wow, I was completely blown away by my first listen. The track progressed from one to another effortlessly like a sequined butterfly (suddenly I found myself at Track 10??). Beautifully sophisticated, every individual beat included carried so much detail that it warped listeners senselessly through Mayer's interpretation of techno/house music.
For me the 7-minute Track 7 (Easy Lee) killed the entire build from Track 1. I'm not sure why it's there. A big drop to the tempo and overall ambience.
After that, the build returned as if nothing had happened.. Suddenly I found myself dancing again! This definitely won't be the only time I dance to this mix.
My favourite tracks are Bring Me Closer (Track 2), Killerteppich (Track 5) and Busted (Track 6), Abendstern (Track 8), Run Into Flowers (Track 10) and the ending track, I Think About You. In fact, it’s the perfect closer to end this brilliantly dulcet mix!
Despite Track 7 being a miss for me, it's still money well spent with Fabric 13. I'm unsure about how seasonal techno/house listeners might feel about this album but the entire album is a solid 5 star as far as I’m concerned :)
It is similar in composition to other mix CD's produced by top DJ's and producers in series like K7's "DJ Kicks". As the producers of top quality dance music have migrated into non-English speaking areas (such as France and Germany) these compilation CD's have become increasingly essential to followers of quality dance music.
Several of the tracks on this disc are from Mayer's Kompakt label. Kompakt rarely releases anything other then vinyl, so these tracks make the CD worth the (expensive) price of purchase.
Mayer also includes a piano based remix of a popular Westbam track from last (2003) summer.
What is remarkable about this CD and micro house as a genre, is how flexible it is. Unlike most dance music CD's, Mayer has created a sound that is nice for reading, cleaning, working out, or dancing.
I hestitate to even write something like the sentence above for fear that I will shortly be hearing Mayer played tracks on ads for Gap and Target, but what are you going to do? His sound has been around for some time, and he deserves some recognition.
Additionally, strong sales of this record might induce him to come states side to play some more dates. This would be a welcome event! All in all, a CD that reminds you of a time when dance music was more relevant.
While many other comps lose their 'funk' after a few years, Michael jut lays it doooooowwwwwnnnnn.......... so sick.
One of the best DJ's I've ever heard live as well.