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Promo copies of this were sent out at the end of last week, so there's a few reviews starting to appear - all very positive. Here's a selection:




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Here's a review from this month's edition of Record Collector:

Head Music - Various Artists

Released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the founding of cult krautrock label Brain, and compiled by the destined-to-be-just-as-cult (and getting there quickly) Fruits De Mer, this is a double-album of covers by some of the more notable Germanic-influenced bands of today. Earthling Society, Dead Sea Apes and Vert:x are among them, alongside returning psych-pop heroes The Bevis Frond.

The groups largely get their teeth into re-imagining pieces by the original chiefs of the scene. There are a couple of terrific Neu! tracks, a similar brace of Can, and a beautifully ethereal delivery of Amon Düül’s Paramechanical World. That’s not to say they don’t explore works by those on more of a connoisseur’s radar; they do, but even when referencing the real headline bands, there’s an enquiring outlook at work.

Take the Kraftwerk covers. The rendition of Trans-Europe Express by Anla Courtis reduces its original starkness into lo-fi minimalism, while Dead Sea Apes deliver RükstoВGondoliero, performed by Kraftwerk on a 1971 edition of German TV’s Beat Club, but never actually cut to vinyl. Relentlessly vital, the artists involved drive their reference points onwards while looking in the rear view mirror.


Fruits De Mer | CRUSTACEAN 26 (2-LP)

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