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The Mix

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Florian Schneider and Fritz Hilpert, the latter of whom replaced percussionist and stage set designer Wolfgang Flür after Flür left the group in 1987. And it's obviously depending on the record player if the record skips - Die Roboter skips on my Technics 1210 Mk2 but the same LP plays without problems on my Revox B790 tangential player. The Robots: The added layers of accompaniment in this version sacrifice the dark atmosphere of the original, in favor of something that makes you want to join the robots in their mechanical dance.

The breakdown with the voices being sped up and distorted is brilliantly weird, the additions to the beat preserve the original tracks' energy, and the ending is well-done. For a more seamless playlist, I could have gone with this album’s shortened version of “Autobahn,” but I find it sorely lacking the warmth that makes the original such a treasured classic.The idea of recreating a bunch of hits from across your catalogue with new equipment is very interesting on paper but considering Kraftwerk’s track record with digital music, I was not looking forward to this on the account of that and also on the account of the fact that I didn’t want to listen to a bunch of songs I had already heard before that were essentially the exact same but worse. While Andrew Harrison of Select awarded the album five stars out of five, his opinion was that "Hütter and Schneider threw themselves into techno as if they'd invented it (which they had), but updating Kraftwerk was always rather pointless, as their music has never dated at all". By revisiting their past, the band somehow stopped walking entirely after putting out the most danceable project in their career. The best remakes included in The Mix are, rather, novel takes on Kraftwerk’s music, bringing a cold, digital sound and peppy, danceable rhythms. These are the versions of these tracks that the boys play live the most, because they are way more danceable and kinetic, and even though the mysterious robotic atmosphere of their originals disappears along the way, the songwriting and tight melodicism stays very much intact.

There are some positive changes, though; The Mix's Autobahn is a much happier tune, with every segment of the song made more fast-moving, energetic, and bubbly. He was really thinking ahead, but I think if you made the original record, you shouldn't do the remix yourself. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

However, he singled out elements of "Autobahn" as what the album "could have been if Kraftwerk had elected to really work these tracks over in a radical way, rather than essentially updating them to dance music's early- Nineties industry standard". Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.

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