Munich's Permanent Vacation imprint will issue a collection of tracks created in the German Democratic Republic during the '80s.
Entitled Mandarinen Träume: Electronic Escapes from the Deutsche Demokraktische Republik 1981-1989, the unmixed single-disc compilation will focus on the kosmiche music coming out of former East Germany in the last decade before the fall of the Berlin Wall. From the '50s through to the '80s, a state-owned group called VEB Deutsche Schallplatten had the sole control over what was released in the region, with the Amiga imprint being the home for the contemporary pop and rock music of the time. It was on this label that the productions found on this collection were released, with the state-sanctioned artists taking their cues from the more serene end of the Krautrock genre and producers such as Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, pushing the sound forward with the help of modern synthesiser technology.
Selected by Groove journalist Florian Sievers, the compilation gives an insight into the music being produced in a tense time for residents of the DDR, with the tracks being framed as an escape for the everyday realities of life before the reunification of Germany took place at the end of the decade. Reinhard Lakomy, Wolfgang Paulke, Julius Krabs, Key and Pond are the key artists that feature multiple times on the release, with Hans-Hasso Stamer and Servi also featuring.
01. Reinhard Lakomy - Es Wachst Das Gras Nicht Uber Alles
02. Pond - Planetenwind
03. Reinhard Lakomy - Das Unendliche Ratsel
04. Wolfgang Paulke - Zeitmaschine
05. Reinhard Lakomy & Rainer Oleak - Raumzeit
06. Julius Krebs - S E
07. Reinhard Lakomy - Der Traum Von Asgard
08. Hans-Hasso Stamer - Sonnenregen
09. Wolfgang Paulke - Frau In Blau
10. Key - Solaris
11. Key - Ketchup
12. Pond - Galaxis
13. Julius Krebs - Intro
14. Pond - Cassiopeia
15. Servi - Laistrygonen
Permanent Vacation will release Mandarinen Träume: Electronic Escapes from the Deutsche Demokraktische Republik 1981-1989 on January 15, 2010.