Harmonia & Eno ?76 Harmonia & Eno ?76Tracks And Traces Remixed
A crash course in Krautrock will divulge that Harmonia was born out of the union of the Cluster duo –Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, who were by then making ambient music, with loads of modulation, in parallel to the early Tangerine Dream and Michael Rother of Neu!, back in 1973. They recorded two long players and, in 1976, split up before the release of a third, which Brian Eno collaborated on. Those sessions finally surfaced in 1997 on the album “Tracks And Traces” and, last year, seizing the opportunity after Grönland acquired the recording rights, the album had the re-released it deserved, complete with original artwork, some new tracks and a re-mastered sound. At the same time, the debutante label, Amazing Sounds, put together three intoxicating figures from the dubstep world to create two remixes which came out foggier than Victorian London, one of them deeper and rooted in the Jamaican sound -by Shackleton- and the other an atmospheric and faithful to the original cut, by Appleblim & Komonazmuk. It’s a marvellous thing, a never-heard-before means of communication between non-conformist dubstep post-Skull Disco, and past and current trends, that became a rarity until now, as Grönland rescue both tracks on this extended 40-minute CD. Therefore, “Tracks And Traces” has officially been remixed in extenso, and the only sore point of the CD is that both known revisions of “ Sometimes In Autumn” and “ By The Riverside” are still the best ones by long distance - the offerings by MIT of “ Sometimes In Autumn” –kraut nostalgia of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, early in their careers–, Modularsystem’s version of “ Vamos Companeros” and Burger/Voigt’s “ Almost”, that takes them into minimal techno territories with little impact. We get to no-man’s-land The Field, who delivers a remix of “ Luneburg Heath” with a kosmische sound à la Michael Rother’s 70s solo releases. The Swede maintains his alliance with space diction, but with low intensity and a hypnotic seduction which doesn’t detract at all, making this CD recommended listening material for any krauthead.