Kompakt Records is a Cologne-based imprint founded by three figures who have had a profound influence on contemporary club music: Wolfgang Voigt, Jürgen Paape and Michael Mayer. Originally a record shop that was opened in 1993 under the name Delirium, Kompakt Records has helped launched the career of many celebrated German producers, including Superpitcher, Gui Boratto and Matias Aguayo. While recognised for pushing micro house and minimal techno styles, the label encompasses a broad and eclectic sonic spectrum, as evinced by its annual Total compilations, along with its Pop Ambient and Speicher offshoots.
If there were still any doubt concerning which direction Dauwd’s music would take this time, after shifting ways from bassy breaks to a rather evolutive deep house, it seems ‘Saleh’ is the perfect answer.
We shot some questions over to Dave DK ahead of his performance in London to see what he’s been up to, and what the future holds for him. Dave has also compiled a 10 track ambient and electronica mix tape featuring Clara Moto, Adolf Noise, Boards Of Canada, Apparat, Ulrich Schnauss and more.
Dauwd steps up his game with this EP, moving with ease from more broken rhythms to an ambiant-housey combination without abandoning what made him popular: those catchy, swarming pads and synthlines and that perfect taste in production. Everything is in its right place, emotional and sophisticated.