Various 20 Jahre Kompakt/Kollektion 1

Various 20 Jahre Kompakt/Kollektion 1
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On March 1, 1993, Jörg Burger, Jürgen Paape, Reinhard Voigt and brother Wolfgang opened a record store specializing in techno music and dubbed it Delirium. Within five years, it would evolve into Kompakt, one of the most respected labels on the planet. Working as both a 20th anniversary celebration for the shop and a best-of compilation for the label, 20 Jahre Kompakt/Kollektion 1 assembles some of the record store's favourite Kompakt releases since 1998. Covering 25 different artists over the same number of tracks, 20 Jahre Kompakt does a fine job blending their heritage acts (Gui Boratto, Justus Köhncke, Michael Mayer) with the next generation of microhouse stars (DJ Koze, the Field, John Tejada), along with some great hidden gems (Heiko Voss, Matias Aguayo, SCSI-9). However, the fact that songs from many of these artists have been included on Kompakt's now-defunct Total series makes 20 Jahre Kompakt a much less valuable release, paling in comparison to the robust anniversary compilations released by Matador, Merge or Warp. (Kompakt)