17-02-14 // crazy tape
As we're getting ready for the second batch of remixes for The Field's much-acclaimed "Cupid's Head" full-length (and you'll definitely want to get ready, with the strictly limited first volume already sold out), Chicagoan tastemaker hub Pitchfork proudly presents the premiere of John Tejada's breathtaking rework of album centerpiece "No. No...". After the crowdrising "We Can Pretend" 12", this sees the LA-based studio wizard digging deeper into colourful electronic nostalgia than ever before. Also featuring remixes by drone sculptor Tim Hecker and Andreas Tilliander's TM404 project, "Cupid's Head Remixe II" will be available on February 24th... oh boy, it's going to be a wild ride next week, considering that we'll also have brilliant new material coming in from labels like Raster-Noton, Cómeme, Life And Death, Ostgut Ton, Optimo Music, Ki, Holger and Modern Love. Help!
15-01-14 // crazy tape
Our friends at Mixmag and De:bug were so enamored by John Tejada's latest offering, the delightful "We Can Pretend" 12", that they decided to host an exclusive full track premiere: the record's b-side "Now We're Here", which is a direct sequel to John's outstanding spoken word cracker "Somewhere" from last year. That same urge for an assessment can be found on the new track, accurately portrayed by crackling diatribes from Morgan Alexander and embedded in deliciously pumping beats. We're definitely here!
01-03-14 // crazy tape
2014 is upon us and to welcome a new year brimming with opportunity, we decided to give you another piece of that sweet, sweet pre-sale action we started end of last month: after the Pop Ambient 2014 compilation and stunning offerings from Demdike Stare and Andy Stott, you are now able to get your hands on two new 12" bangers from Kompakt - both Speicher 77 featuring Sebastian Bouchetand John Tejada's "We Can Pretend" won't see an official release before January 13th, meaning that till then, these cuties are only available at Kompakt.FM! Discover Sebastian Bouchet's latest psychotropic reveries on Speicher 77, the follow-up to 2010's exceptional "Fallen Angel" - it's still the same undercurrent of deranged minimalism running alongside a perfectly executed club framework and counterbalancing the occasional epic outburst. Likewise, John Tejada sticks to what he does best on "We Can Pretend", as we find the modular wizard booting up his gear where he left off with last year's "Somewhere", resulting in a somnambulistic two-tracker that delivers more bang for the buck. The beat goes on!
12-12-13 // crazy tape
We definitely want to quickly get the ball rolling next year, with two upcoming 12" releases from label stalwarts The Field and John Tejada. After the strictly limited Gas remixes of title track "Cupid's Head", The Field's recent album will see more revamps coming from an illustrious group of producers - the first 12" in a series of three will feature Vatican Shadow, Barker & Baumecker and Sonns. Meanwhile, John Tejada returns with a full-bodied two-tracker titled "We Can Pretend", a sequel to the mighty "Somewhere" from earlier this year. "Cupid's Head Remixe I" is expected for January 20th and "We Can Pretend" for January 13th... way to kick off 2014!
10-04-13 // crazy tape
Last weekend saw the 20JK after-hours at Seattle's Decibel festival with great performances from some of our dearest artists. Luckily enough (especially for those who couldn't attend), Be-At.TV managed to capture some cool footage straight from the floor, now available at their Decibel channel. Besides Thomas Fehlmann (whose live act at Decibel can be watched here), mad lab wizard John Tejada gave us a taste of his unique brand of synth shenanigans, as heard on his most recent album "The Predicting Machine". Catch the techno virtuoso at work here!
10-04-13 // crazy tape
Last weekend saw the 20JK after-hours at Seattle's Decibel festival with great performances from some of our dearest artists. Luckily enough (especially for those who couldn't attend), Be-At.TV managed to capture some cool footage straight from the floor, now available at their Decibel channel. Our very own Thomas Fehlmann was among the presenters, giving you an hour full of intricate soundsmithing and driving beats in perfect sync with his latest release "Eye / Tree" on Kompakt - the 12" is out now. Don't miss out on John Tejada's Decibel performance to be found here!
24-09-13 // crazy tape
Société Perrier's SPestival , a virtual music festival bringing you three days' worth of exclusive online content from a range of great electronic artists, also hosts a "stage" with a fine selection of Kompakt greats: visit the following SPestival artist pages fromMichael Mayer, Terranova, John Tejada, Kaito and The Orb to access exclusive interviews and mixes!
09-06-13 // crazy tape
The 20JK Pop Up Store Berlin rounds off its tightly packed program on Saturday, September 7th, - seize the moment and drop by! The final day of the store invites you to celebrate with some of Kompakt's cherished DJs and live acts performing: beginning at 16:00, it's the last hurrah for the pop-up store, and we’ve got a great line-up from our label in store. Label co-founder Michael Mayer starts things off with a DJ set - if you’ve heard Mayer’s "Immer" series of DJ mixes, then you know that his skilled selection is not to be missed. Following mainstream success in the 90s with legendary Whirlpool Productions (“From: Disco To: Disco”), Justus Köhncke has spent the last decade releasing top-tier house on Kompakt - expect a decidedly leftfield and highly engaging party vibe for his live set. Relative newcomers to the scene, COMA will close things out: their recent debut, "In Technicolor", sees the duo successfully bursting through club conventions for a diverse and jubilating sound. The in-store closing party will then progress to mighty Berghain/Panorama Bar, where an epic event including key players like Kölsch, John Tejada, Blond:ish, Rebolledo and more will raise many a roof... full info here! The Pop Up Store is located at Ableton HQ, Schönhauser Allee 6-7, Berlin, Germany - the space has a cap of 120 attendees, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
09-06-13 // crazy tape
You clearly have enough reasons to drop by at Berghain/Panorama Bar this Saturday (what with all dem great Kompakt artists performing there... like Michael Mayer, Kölsch, Blond:ish, Rebolledo, John Tejada, Justus Köhncke), but now we'll give you one more: our very own Stocksaur DJ Team (featuring Denis Stockhausen & Jo Saurbier) are going to play an extended 8-hour DJ set at Berghain's garden on Sunday from 12:00 to 20:00. That's just how we are: we keep on giving and then some more. On the pic, you can see both mad hatters digging over the garden to prepare for their set... 'cos we like to get dirrrty! Full line-up for Kompakt's birthday bash at Berghain/Panorama Bar here!
09-06-13 // Broda
On September 7th, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary with a party in Berlin. After the 7-day pop-up store at the Ableton headquarters in Prenzlauer Berg, we will throw an epic event at mighty Berghain / Panorama Bar. The lineup includes veteran US producer John Tejada and Berlin favourite Dave DK playing in the main room, with support coming from Berghain residents. Tobias Thomas, Justus Köhncke, Kölsch and Rebolledo will be repping Panorama Bar with some true Cologne love, before Kompakt founding father Michael Mayer starts at 8 AM. On the 8th, we've got Techno duo Blond:ish and Kompakt regulars Stocksaur, spinning between 12.00 PM and 8 PM, with support from Ostgut Ton's Len Faki.
Am 7. September feiern wir unseren Geburtstag mit einer Party in Berlin. Nach 7 Tagen Pop Up Store finden die Feierlichkeiten mit einer langen Nacht in den mächtigen Mauern des Berghain / Panorama Bar ihren Höhepunkt. Auf dem Main floor wurden verpflichtet: Berlins Dave DK und Kompakts John Tejada. Tobias Thomas, Justus Köhncke, Kölsch und Rebolledo vertreten währenddessen die Panorama Bar, bevor Kompakt Gründervater Michael Mayer am Morgen zu einem seiner legendären Sets ausholt. Am Sonntagnachmittag bleiben alle dann noch ein bisschen, wenn Blond:ish und Stocksaur (aka Denis Stockhausen und Jo Saurbier) ihre Platten drehen.