Hand drums patter around the edges of Tropical Drums Of Deutschland's Fourth World inspirations. Faint bird cries and jungle samples float in the distance. The sounds of crickets and frogs simmer in the backdrop of Rudiger Oppermann's Harp Attack's "Troubadix in Africa," for example, and bird calls help form the melody on Argile's "Tagtraum Eines Elefanten." "Sounouh"'s African-inspired folk, by Sanza, is a gorgeous choral drum workout. Ralf Nowy's "Akili Mali" opens with electronic squeals that emulate the sounds of nature before a loopy keyboard melody enters over a tumbling hand drum charge. Trimopen's "Wagagroove" is an even spacier trip, its slow drum pattern quietly gaining steam in a way that resembles the percussive stomp of krautrock bands like Niagara.
As Tropical Drums Of Deutschland closes with two Wolf Müller edits, Schulte shows how tightly bound his own music is to the compilation. He gives more breathing room to Om Buschman's "Hey Tata Gorem" while adding to its psychedelic allure. His version of TCP's "At The Water-Hole" is even more bizarre, with squealing synthesizer tones and effects that sound like a damaged trumpet wheezing over its insistent rhythms. It's a fitting closer for a collection that finds Schulte shining a light on German music with a global outlook.
Thu / 11 May 2017
01. Om Buschman - Klang Fährt An
02. Total Art Of Percussion - Wuhan Wuchang
03. Argile - Tagtraum Eines Elefanten
04. Rudiger Oppermann's Harp Attack - Troubadix In Africa
05. Argile - Kleine Rosa Wolke
06. Sanza - Sounouh
07. Om Buschman - Prima Kalimba
08. Drumming Birds (Bob Moses & Billy Martin) - Boat Song Part II
09. Ralf Nowy - Akili Mali
10. Trimopen - Wagagroove
11. Om Buschman - Hey Tata Gorem
12. Om Buschman - Hey Tata Gorem (Wolf Müller Edit)
13. TCP - At The Water-Hole (Wolf Müller Edit)