One of Germany’s biggest dance-music labels has pulled out all the stops for this double-disc set, a celebration of five years in the game with some big-league contributors from across the musical spectrum. Five years may seem a bit early to have such a celebration, but this compilation doubles as a proper introduction to the label for those outside of the club-centric electronic realm.
On the first disc, big-shot indie-rock bands like Hot Chip and the Rapture try a hand at their own brand of techno to interesting effect, and Fujiya and Miyagi manage to pull off something a bit closer to their Krautrock sounds on a lovely remake of Lopazz’s “Migracion.” The fabulous Senor Coconut pulls off a cheeky Latin percussive remix of M.A.N.D.Y. & Booka Shade’s “Body Language,” which was an inescapable club anthem in 2005. Herbert, Henrik Schwarz and others also contribute, but not all live up to their potential, especially the legendary Moby, with a pale throwback to his Everything Is Wrong years on a remix of “Les Djinns” by the Djuma Soundsystem.
With a bit of Chicago jackin’ house flavor in Jona’s “Fisherman” or the spooky siren sounds in Riton and Heidi’s “To the Gum,” the second disc represents the tried and true Get Physical sound in all its glory. Techno and house cliches butt heads with a healthy sense of humor on M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade’s “Oh Superman,” with its robotic female vocals. It’s clear that this crew is beginning to stand out from minimalism that Europe is awash in.
The Get Physical boys may have slightly overshadowed their own immense accomplishments with the inclusion of so many high-profile remixes on this compilation, but if it gets them on the radar of a whole new crowd, then it will all be worth it. If anyone’s going to show that there’s more to the German scene than cold minimal beats, it’s these guys. Here’s to another five years.