Double LP version. Two decades. Twenty years. Twenty compilations. Over 400 tracks. Over two days of total playing time and countless colored dots. If someone would have told Kompakt in 1999, when they put together Total 1 (KOM 010LP/KOMP 003CD, 1999) that this would turn into one of the longest standing compilation series in techno world, they would have laughed out loud. But here they are — in the year 2020 which will probably go down in history as the most difficult period ever for club culture. But Kompakt won’t stop doing what they’re doing. Music is our oxygen. We’ll dance together soon again. The Total series has always been like Kompakt’s yearbook and to say it with the late Frank Sinatra: It was a very good year. The label’s family of artists delivered a strong heterogeneous mix of uplifting sounds, from the lush reveries of Robag Wruhme and Soela to the stark primetime bangers of Marc Romboy or Anna & Kittin and everything in between. Notable new entries to our crew are the Londoner Kiwi with his wonderfully careless “Hello Echo” that picks up the camp disco vibes Justus Köhncke made a staple in our repertoire. Amsterdam’s David Douglas delivers an appetizer for a full course meal. His quirky pop approach sits comfortably between fellow dutchmen Weval’s abstract beats and Agents Of Time’s opulent Italo disco. Yotam Avni blends Detroit techno with new age jazz that reminisces the sound of ECM artists like Jan Garbarek or John Surman. The man with the hat, Kölsch also picks up jazzier notes in his very own big room style. Youngblood Jonathan Kaspar appears twice, fortifying his status as one of the hottest beat smiths of our hometown Cologne. Total wouldn’t be Total without our permanent staff present in full force. May Total 20 become your trustworthy companion in these uncertain times. As per tradition, Kompakt’s founding fathers, Voigt & Voigt, Jürgen Paape, Jörg Burger, Michael Mayer, as well as our Berlin outpost Sascha Funke all deliver exclusive gems that also feature on Total 20.
A1. Jürgen Paape – Vox Acris
A2. Jörg Burger – Surprise Yourself!
B1. Michael Mayer – Agita
B2. David Douglas – Lose Control
C1. Sascha Funke – Atze
C2. Voigt & Voigt – Schopper Da Leu
D1. Jonathan Kaspar – Young
D2. Christian Nielsen – Blush (vinyl only)