Kompakt’s Total 19 Released in September

We can’t wait to get our hands on the latest compilation from the Cologne label

Kompakt has long been one of the most grown-up labels in techno. The Cologne staple headed up by Michael Mayer has always favoured patient, slow burning techno with a real sense of melody. It has also put out a series of essential ambient collections and become a home label for the likes of Kolsch, The Field and Gui Boratto. Next up is a 19th instalment in its annual Total series.


“In the day and age of streaming playlists and the omnipresence of freely available mixes, what’s the use of a label compilation?” asks the label. “The answer is simple: labels still serve as a dearly needed filter mechanism in this tsunami of music we’re facing every day.”

Ain’t that the truth. Total 19 includes music from founders Tobias Thomas and Michael Mayer, Wolfgang and Reinhard Voigt, plus Patrice Bäumel (above), Sascha Funke, Justus Köhncke, Exrawelt, Rex The Dog, Raxon and plenty more. It lands digitally and on CD in September.

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