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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:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-barton/various-artists-head-music/365019116866415

http://mratavist.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/head-music-fruits-de-mer-records/

http://www.funkygibbins.me.uk/?p=4880

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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.

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Fruits De Mer | CRUSTACEAN 26 (2-LP)

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