When David Bowie and Iggy Pop relocated from LA to continental Europe, taking trains to Berlin, Paris and Warsaw, they would have come across new music that was very different to the burgeoning disco scene they left behind. “Cafe Exil” – named after one of Bowie’s favourite Berlin haunts – imagines the soundtrack that would have informed “Low”, “Heroes” and “Lodger”. It’s an awesome mix of electronica, Krautrock and experimental treats.
There are key tracks from members of Can and Tangerine Dream, fascinating obscurities by German act Streetmark and Italian library maestro Piero Umiliani, the Herzog-soundtracking Popul Vuh, and highly collectible avant-strangeness by Annette Peacock. Czech-born Jan Hammer’s beautiful, light, atmospheric groove is among myriad surprises.
“Cafe Exil” has been put together by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Jason Wood, author of multiple books on cinema and programmer at Home in Manchester. It fits in with other recent Ace compilations such as “English Weather” and “76 In The Shade” – it creates a mood, a time and a place. You’re right there, sat next to Bowie, drinking his Pernod and black, in a darkly lit Berlin bar.
2x 12" LP, printed inner sleeves, gatefold sleeve
A1 Rubba - Way Star
A2 Annette Peacock - Pony
A3 Focus - Tommy
A4 Amon Düül II - A Morning Excuse
A5 Edgar Froese - Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
B1 Steve Hillage - Octave Doctors
B2 Faust - Jennifer
B3 Michael Rother - Feuerland
B4 Streetmark - Eileen
C1 Toni Esposito - L'Eroe Di Plastica
C2 Brian Eno - No One Receiving
C3 Popol Vuh - Hüter Der Schwelle
C4 Soft Machine - Penny Hitch
D1 Jan Hammer Group - Don't You Know
D2 Piero Umiliani - Canoe
D3 Cortex - Troupeau Bleu
D4 Cluster - Sowiesoso
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