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Michael Mayer, one of the individuals behind Cologne, Germany's esteemed techno label Kompakt, moved to Berlin-based !K7 (another German electronic music empire) for the release of his 2016 full-length, &. The album's dozen tracks are all collaborations with fellow techno producers as well as a few dance-friendly vocalists from the indie world. Mayer had never formally collaborated with most of these artists before (Superpitcher, whom Mayer teamed up with as SuperMayer in 2007, is nowhere to be seen on the track list), and they're all close friends of his -- this isn't a money-grabbing list of names plucked straight from a trendy blog. As Mayer explains in the liner notes and press materials, a large number of the tracks turned out far different than expected. He originally intended his collaboration with Miss Kittin to be a joyful, carefree throwback to '80s Miami freestyle, but it was written directly after terrorist attacks occurred in Brussels, so it ended up tense, sinister, and aggravated. The album does contain its share of retro-glancing party tracks, and they're loaded at the front. "We Like to Party" (with Roman Flügel) adds disco handclaps and a scratched-up Slick Rick sample to a typically tight, kinetic tech-house beat. This is followed by a track with three of the other Kompakt bigwigs, Jörg Burger and Wolfgang and Reinhard Voigt, and it turns out to be a funky, playful disco-house jam with squishy synths and echo-drenched flutes. Later on, "La Compostela" takes the prepared pianos of Hauschka (Düsseldorf-based composer Volker Bertelmann) and manages to fashion them creatively into an early-'90s breakbeat house monster with '80s orchestra stabs. "Comfort Me" (with Norwegian nu-disco producer Prins Thomas and Dutch baroque guitarist/vocalist Irene Kalisvaart) is more of a sad, shimmering Italo-disco tune, and the concluding "Cicadelia" (with Andrew Thomas) is lush ambient techno with spacious pianos and flutes. As with other Mayer studio full-lengths (including the SuperMayer release), & has an anything-goes spirit, jumping from style to style and resisting expectations. It flows well as an album, though, starting out celebratory before getting darker and more sinister and finally ending up sublime and relaxed.
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We Like To Party
Michael Mayer & Roman Flügel
00:05:43

Michael Mayer & Roman Flügel, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Roman Flu?gel, Composer - Kompakt Musikverlag; Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

2
Disco Dancers
Michael Mayer & Burger / Voigt & Voigt
00:04:53

Michael Mayer & Burger / Voigt & Voigt, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Wolfgang Voigt; Jörg Burger; Reinhard Voigt, Composer - Michael Mayer, Lyricist - Kompakt Musikverlag; Ed. Popular Songs / Schacht Musikverlage

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

3
State Of The Nation
Michael Mayer & Gui Boratto
00:06:01

Michael Mayer & Gui Boratto, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Gui Boratto, Composer - Kompakt Musikverlag; Truelove Music

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

4
Mind Games
Michael Mayer & Ed Macfarlane
00:03:58

Michael Mayer & Ed Macfarlane, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Ed Macfarlane, Composer - Ed Macfarlane, Lyricist - Kompakt Musikverlag; Universal Music

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

5
Gemination
Michael Mayer & Kölsch
00:07:40

Michael Mayer & Kölsch, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Rune Reilly Kölsch, Composer - Kompakt Musikverlag; Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

6
Voyage Interieur
Michael Mayer & Miss Kittin
00:03:53

Michael Mayer & Miss Kittin, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Caroline Hervé, Composer - Caroline Herve, Lyricist - Kompakt Musikverlag; Hanseatik Musikverlag GmbH & Co. KG

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

7
For You
Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard
00:04:27

Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Joe Goddard, Composer - Joe Goddard, Lyricist - Kompakt Musikverlag; BMG

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

8
Blackbird Has Spoken
Michael Mayer & Agoria
00:05:47

Michael Mayer & Agoria, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Sébastien Devaud, Composer - Kompakt Musikverlag; Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

9
La Compostela
Michael Mayer & Hauschka
00:05:11

Michael Mayer & Hauschka, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Volker Bertelmann, Composer, Lyricist - Kompakt Musikverlag; Needle wood Publishing

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

10
Comfort Me
Michael Mayer & Prins Thomas / Irene Kalisvaart
00:05:32

Michael Mayer & Prins Thomas / Irene Kalisvaart, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Thomas Moen Hermansen; Irene Kalisvaart, Composer - Michael Mayer; Irene Kalisvaart, Lyricist - Kompakt Musikverlag; Sony ATV Scandinavia/Smalltown Supermusic; Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

11
Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen
Michael Mayer & Barnt
00:06:15

Michael Mayer & Barnt, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Daniel Ansorge; Thomas Kurzhals, Composer - Michael Mayer, Lyricist - Kompakt Musikverlag; Overlight Erkner Thomas Kurzhals Musikverlag

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

12
Cicadelia
Michael Mayer & Andrew Thomas
00:07:08

Michael Mayer & Andrew Thomas, Main Artist - Michael Mayer; Andrew Thomas, Composer - Kompakt Musikverlag; Copyright Control

2016 !K7 Records 2016 !K7 Music

Album Description

Michael Mayer, one of the individuals behind Cologne, Germany's esteemed techno label Kompakt, moved to Berlin-based !K7 (another German electronic music empire) for the release of his 2016 full-length, &. The album's dozen tracks are all collaborations with fellow techno producers as well as a few dance-friendly vocalists from the indie world. Mayer had never formally collaborated with most of these artists before (Superpitcher, whom Mayer teamed up with as SuperMayer in 2007, is nowhere to be seen on the track list), and they're all close friends of his -- this isn't a money-grabbing list of names plucked straight from a trendy blog. As Mayer explains in the liner notes and press materials, a large number of the tracks turned out far different than expected. He originally intended his collaboration with Miss Kittin to be a joyful, carefree throwback to '80s Miami freestyle, but it was written directly after terrorist attacks occurred in Brussels, so it ended up tense, sinister, and aggravated. The album does contain its share of retro-glancing party tracks, and they're loaded at the front. "We Like to Party" (with Roman Flügel) adds disco handclaps and a scratched-up Slick Rick sample to a typically tight, kinetic tech-house beat. This is followed by a track with three of the other Kompakt bigwigs, Jörg Burger and Wolfgang and Reinhard Voigt, and it turns out to be a funky, playful disco-house jam with squishy synths and echo-drenched flutes. Later on, "La Compostela" takes the prepared pianos of Hauschka (Düsseldorf-based composer Volker Bertelmann) and manages to fashion them creatively into an early-'90s breakbeat house monster with '80s orchestra stabs. "Comfort Me" (with Norwegian nu-disco producer Prins Thomas and Dutch baroque guitarist/vocalist Irene Kalisvaart) is more of a sad, shimmering Italo-disco tune, and the concluding "Cicadelia" (with Andrew Thomas) is lush ambient techno with spacious pianos and flutes. As with other Mayer studio full-lengths (including the SuperMayer release), & has an anything-goes spirit, jumping from style to style and resisting expectations. It flows well as an album, though, starting out celebratory before getting darker and more sinister and finally ending up sublime and relaxed.
© Paul Simpson /TiVo

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