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Various Artists — Manikin Records: First Decade 1992-2002
(Manikin MRCD 7062, 2002, 2CD)

by Phil Derby, Published 2002-09-01

Manikin Records: First Decade 1992-2002 Cover art

Though some of the source material dates back as far as 1976, this is a very forward-looking release, much of it recorded new in 2002. There are very beat-oriented energetic affairs, like the very Ashra-like “Echo Gods (Tom Van Draft Remix),” due in no small part to Lutz Ulbrich’s guitar, with beats and electronics ably handled by Mario Schönwälder & Thomas Fanger. Klaus Schulze completists will want to check out “Manikin Jubilee,” a cool retro lounge number. For a compilation this has a very natural flow to it. Disc one is great music for driving, doing housework, or turning your living room into a night club. My favorite, a new discovery for me, is Beatboys’ “Scaling the Moon (Manikin Cut Mix),” which features mesmerizing pinpoint sequencing. Disc two features a stunner in the 17-minute “DeviL’s Run” by Keller, Schönwälder and Broekhuis. Beginning as a very mellow atmospheric piece, it builds into a drum-dominated piece that works in every way. Steve Hug’s “Dances of the Nymphes” is light, one might even say cute, but it fits the title, and unfolds like a good story with interesting plot twists that knows where it’s headed. In fact, the whole disc has a very assured feel, as if to say Manikin is sure to bring us another 10 years of listening pleasure


Filed under: Archives, Issue 25, 2002 releases

Related artist(s): Klaus Schulze, Stephen Parsick / ['ramp], Harald Grosskopf, Electric Orange, Various Artists, Rainbow Serpent, Lutz "Lüül" Ulbricht

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