Various – Off Record No. 1 - Stollwerck Sampler
Various – Off Record No. 1 - Stollwerck Sampler

Various – Off Record No. 1 - Stollwerck Sampler

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Label: FünfUndVierzig – EfA 4507
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: Germany
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Krautrock, Dub

Varied and tricky to catagorise dubby art-rock sprawl on the great Funfundvierzig label, ft Dunkelziffer. (NM).

Features 11 different bands / artists. "Memo Walk" by UNKNOWN CASES has wild trumpetting over CAN-like rhythm. "Ba-Ba-Bababa" by FRANCESCO AGOSTINI is a fairly bland mild rock track which threatens to be irritatingly catchy. "A.N." by DIE ART is an atmospheric percussive thing with deliberately Eastern devices injected in to give it a trancey feel. "Rush Rush" by PHANTOM BAND - LINEAR JOHNSON & HIS PROTONS (!) is actually quite a catchy throbbing rhythm thing, not at all bad - a sort of diaphanously mixed rock track. "Prospecting Horns" - HORNS OF CHAOS - sound nothing at all like their name suggests - BERTIE WOOSTER might like this sort of thing, but I can't say I do - it gives decent contrast, anyway. "Ich Brauch Ein-Bischen Färtlichkeit" by PROJECT X comes across a little like early CURE in a jam session with some other vocalist - it's rather good, with subtle use of synth to add colour. "Der Weg Nach Innen (Aussen)" by THELEN-GELBA is a meandering atmospheric piece. "I Pinch Myself" by DUNKELZIFFER is a calm rock track, again with more than a hint of CAN about it. "Mr. Psychologist" by JACKY HORN is a piece of English-sung Reggae with interesting sound effects. "Chocolate Guide" - DIE PFADFINDER is a meandering, loose thing, while "Drums Of Chaos" by DRUMS OF CHAOS is like a military ADAM & THE ANTS circa their BURUNDI period played slightly off sync! "Track Of Sample" by DOMINIK VON SENGER closes the album with a sort of mid-to-late 7O's CABARET VOLTAIRE sound.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.

A1 The Unknown Cases– Memo Walk 3:10
A2 Francesco Agostini– Ba-Ba-Ba 3:57
A3 Die Art (2)– A.N. 3:35
A4 Phantom Band / Linear Johnson & The Protons– Rush Rush 2:29
A5 Horns Of Chaos– Prospecting Horns 1:48
A6 Projekt X– Ich Brauch Ein Bischen Zärtlichkeit 2:39
A7 Stefan Thelen / Olek Gelba– Der Weg Nach Innen (Außen) 3:04
B1 Dunkelziffer– I Pinched Myself 5:06
B2 Jacky Horn– Mr. Psychologist 2:32
B3 Die Pfadfinder (2)– Chocolade Guide 3:46
B4 Drums Off Chaos– Drums Off Chaos 4:46
B5 Dominik Von Senger– Track Of Sample 4:32