Since Kompakt‘s launch as a record label, we have held a tradition of releasing annual collections. From Pop Ambient (curated by Wolfgang Voigt) to Total (curated by Michael Mayer), we now turn to one of Cologne’s leading figures in electronic music, Jörg Burger also known as The Modernist, The Black Frame, Burger/Ink and many other alias). On March 29th, Kompakt introduces a new series that combines elements of rock, folk, country, surf, krautrock and psychedelic in contemporary electronic music. Meet Velvet Desert Music.
Velvet Desert Music Vol.1 features unreleased music and mixes from well known Kompakt alumni and close friends including Matias Aguayo, Fantastic Twins, Paulor, Rebolledo, Sascha Funke & Cosmo Vitelli, Superpitcher, and of course Jörg Burger (The Modernist, The Black Frame, Burger/Ink).
The concept shares some similarities to Kompakt’s Pop Ambient series as unlike a conventional compilation of tracks from different artists, Velvet Desert Music Vol.1 is a collection of music that creates a distinct vibe and atmosphere.
Jörg Burger is responsible for the concept and selection. The styles of music presented on Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1 play a crucial role and influence in his work for many years. Now he has created a platform for these styles. Beside showcasing his own music, Jörg Burger kept to inviting a close circle of friends and colleagues that share similar influences in their work. All of their contributions were specially composed or remixed for this collection.
Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1 also features the first new Burger/Ink track since the release of their iconic full length “Las Vegas” that came out on Harvest and Matador Records in 1996.
“Just think…from Sergio Leone to David Lynch, from Elvis in his deepest moments to Johnny Cash somewhere between amphetamine backlash and American Songs, from Hollywood Babylon to Hotel California, from Mulholland Drive to Paris, Texas. Served with a pinch of Tago Mago and Pink Floyd at Pompeii. Then you know exactly what Velvet Desert Music is about…”