HARALD GROSSKOPF & EBERHARD KRANEMANN

Krautwerk 7/10

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Given their shared lin­eage in the orig­i­nal Krautrock scene, it seems strange that Harald Grosskopf and Eberhard Kranemann only met for the first time last year. Kranemann’s mu­si­cal CV in­cludes brief spells in both the em­bry­onic Kraftwerk and Neu!, while Grosskopf drummed with nu­mer­ous left-field Ger­man icons in­clud­ing Klaus Schulze. Parts of their pleas­ingly var­ied de­but col­lab­o­ra­tion sound like Kraftwerk might have done had they main­tained their early long-haired stoner ethos into the era of Eno-ish, am­bi­ent-dub sound­scapes. But there are shades of Yello too in wry spo­ken­word elec­tro-throb­bers like “Mid­night In Dus­sel­dorf Ber­lin” and the punchy, bustling, rhyth­mi­cally mus­cu­lar “Be Cool”.

Kranemann and Grosskopf: united at last

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