There are only a few record labels that conquered the last sixteen years harmlessly. And even less of these still have a considerable impact across a broad front nowadays in 2013. This success is being celebrated this fall at the Sonar Kollektiv Festival ’13 in Berlin.
The festivities are now available as a hand-tight supporting document in form of a sixteen-track-strong, limited and special festival compilation, “Sonar Kollekting Vol.1”. These sixteen tracks provide an appetizing overview about what Sonar Kollektiv stands for these days and displays the wide spectrum of musical styles. There are amongst others the label’s biggest hits of the last two years: FETSUM‘s “Letter From Damascus“, The White Lamp‘s “Make It Good” and Alex Barck‘s “Re-set“.
Barck’s just released debut solo album “Reunion” also spins off “Doubter” (in a Hannes Fischer remix). Another teaser is served with “White Walls” off the upcoming debut album “Lux” by Paskal & Urban Absolutes. Of course Neve Naive can’t be missed on this showcase neither. How sophisticated their album “The Inner Peace Of Cat And Bird” from earlier this year is shows the song “How I Learned To Fly” impressively. A rather surprising contribution comes from Jah Wobble & PJ Higgins with “Watch How You Walk”. But this track, as well as the according album by the London based postpunk and world music legend, will also be released on the Berlin quality imprint very soon.
The collection would definitely not be complete without tracks by Hot Coins (“New Beat” in a Ron Basejam remix), the latest signing, Manhooker & Snax (“Cloud 9”) and the re-discovered Berlin folk jazz band from 1981 Spinning Motion (“Confidence In The Future”), soon to be reissued by Notes On A Journey.
And there’s even room for specials & exclusives that haven’t been released on Sonar Kollektiv yet, like “Stuck” by Mao, Travis Lee‘s “Take You Away” (coming 2014) , “Blue Waters” by Rockford Inc., Stee Downes’ “Caught Up” (from the upcoming album!) and “I Hope” by Beaux Sunchazah.
A compilation rich in variety at the highest musical stage and a valid evidence for Sonar Kollektiv’s on-going claim to be one of the main places to go to for good music that works in clubs as well as at home. On the next sixteen years!