A new collection highlights the Cologne label's most mysterious co-founder.
Though he may not attract as much attention as his peers, Paape has long been a driving force behind the Cologne-based label. He founded Kompakt in the late '90s with Wolfgang Voigt and Michael Mayer, then penned its first 12-inch, Triumph. In the decade since, he's played a big part in defining its trademark sound, with records such like Into My Life" and "So Weit Wie Noch Nie" perfectly encapsulating Kompakt's raison d'etre: modern house with a pop sensibility that can work in the club or at home.
Despite all this, Paape prefers to fly under the radar. He doesn't do interviews, and has never appeared onstage in a club (he neither DJs nor plays live). He didn't even have a press photo of himself until now. With this in mind, Kompilation pays tribute to Paape by putting some of his best tracks together in a collection that plays out like an album. In addition to 12 selections from his catalog, the CD features two new tunes: "Einklang" and his upcoming single, "So Wird Die Zeit Gemacht."
In what the label describes as "an unselfish act to support our Kompakt record store in Cologne," Kompilation will be available in a limited run of 500 CDs that can only be found in the Kompakt shop (including the online store). A digital version will be available in January.
01. Einklang (CD Exclusive)
02. Mit Dir
03. We Love
04. So Wird Die Zeit Gemacht
05. Fruity Loops #2
06. Come Into My Life (Radio Edit)
09. How Great Thou Art
11. Take That
12. So Weit Wie Noch Nie
13. Silikron (Juergen Paape Rmx)
Kompakt will release Kompilation on CD on December 17th, 2010, and digitally on January 10th, 2011.