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CAN The Sin­gles ★★★★ Mure/Spoon

We need more bands to lis­ten to Can and be buzzed-up enough to start their own freak scenes. In the midst of a burst of Can-re­lated ac­tiv­ity – the Can Project show a few months ago, an au­tho­rised bi­og­ra­phy next year – this col­lec­tion of the in­flu­en­tial Cologne band’s sin­gles is an ex­cel­lent primer on the sounds pro­duced by the band. What Hol­ger Czukay, Ir­min Sch­midt, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit (who died ear­lier this year), Mal­com Mooney, Damo Suzuki and friends pro­duced was fas­ci­nat­ing, a Krautrock brew of avant-garde clas­si­cal and jazz, am­pli­fied and max­imised with strains of elec­tronic, psych and funk. On this com­pi­la­tion, you can hear the whirr of new ideas and fresh think­ing take flight. It’s in­struc­tive that tracks such as

Vi­ta­min C and Spoon still sound like elec­tric shocks even now. spoon­records.com

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