The longtime Kompakt DJ unveils the third and last instalment of his acclaimed mix CD trilogy.
Tobias Thomas' ‘Für Dich’  was the first CD mix released on Kompakt, and the idea behind it was influential: Instead of putting together a dozen recent banging hits, Thomas chose to follow a more personal approach, approaching the mix not as a simulation of a night in a club but as something of a mix tape, allowing room for surprising turns or atmospheric moments in which nothing "happens" in the traditional sense. Variations on the method have followed on Kompakt (DJ Koze, Superpitcher, Michael Mayer), but perhaps the most acclaimed example is volume two in Thomas’ mix series, ‘Smallville’ from 2003, which fused relatively unknown club tracks into a seamless whole designed to be listened to on repeat.
Volume three ‘Please Please Please’ promises to slow down things compared to its predecessors, but it was created with records and turntables in the same space as the others, Studio 672 in Cologne where Michael Mayer, Superpitcher and Thomas spun for the legendary ‘Total Confusion’ parties between 1998 - 2006.
Kompakt describe Thomas’ choices as a reaction not only to the cult of the new in DJs mixes, but also “the tendency to use tracks only as tiny little elements in a huge digital edit and never to play them as long as the producer intended them to be.” Seventy one tracks in Albeton this is not.
Artists on the mix include familiar names such as Ricardo Villalobos, Johannes Heil and International Pony, but look closer and there’s hints of pop music too (The Wedding Present, Fleetwood Mac and The Smiths). Not the usual suspects on a DJ mix, but not unusual choices for Thomas, given his feel for pop, as well as his background as a music journalist.
‘Please Please Please’ tracklist
1 Pantha Du Prince - Butterfly Girl (Pantha Lost the Beat Version)
2 Adolf Noise - Was Ist Zuviel Zeit (Dub)
3 Pantha du Prince - Reprise
4 Krause Duo - Kingpult
5 Johannes Heil - Aquarius
6 Vulva String Quartett - Wild Wild Berry
7 Ricardo Villalobos - The Contempt (Trip Tollsmix)
8 The Kooky Scientist - A Little Older, A Little Bolder
9 Thomas/Burger - My Favourite Dress (Theme 2006)
10 Reinhard Voigt - Suchtkultur
11 Pachulke Umd Sohn - Läuft gut
12 Brant feat. Mr. Roper – Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (Ada mix)
13 International Pony – Gravity
14 Stella – Dreams (Thomas/Geiger mix)
Cologne residents can catch the reborn Total Confusion party at its new home at Bogen 2 this Friday, May 30th. Lineup includes Gui Boratto (live), Tobias Thomas and Michael Mayer. Check RA events for details.
‘Please Please Please’ mixed by Tobias Thomas will be released on Kompakt on April 30th, 2007.