Published Oct 26, 2016The fact that Wolfgang Voigt only recorded under his Gas moniker between 1995 and 2000 is remarkable for two reasons: one, that he was able to release so much captivating and groundbreaking music in such a short period of time; and two, that he was able to predict so well the direction that electronic music would head in the subsequent decade.
Following the near-essential 2008 box set Nah und Fern, which collected all four Gas full-lengths (with some unfortunate edits), Voigt once again repackages part of his discography with the sprawling 24-track set Box. Although Box oddly and quite disappointingly omits Voigt's 1995 Modern EP and 1996 self-titled debut, the vinyl version adds in tracks that were previously unavailable in the format, along with the inclusion of 1999's Oktember EP and the hard-to-find "Tal 90" single. The remaining three full-lengths included — 1997's Zauberberg, 1999's Königsforst and 2000's masterful Pop — reinstate the original recordings, filling the set with warm, expanding ambient synth lines that find themselves beautifully laid overtop yearning and dim 4/4 backbeats.
With a gorgeous art-print book containing never before seen photos, Box offers Gas completists another worthy entry to their collection. (Kompakt)