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Kompakt turns 20!

"On March 1st, 1993, we opened the blue doors on Gladbacher Straße 36 for the first time, and a new record store was born," Two moves, a name change, almost exactly 500 publications and a staggering 20 years later, we are still there! Time to party!"

That is how the Kompakt story began. What followed? 20 years of succees! Kompakt is one of the most influential labels and record stores in the electronic music industry right now. The Cologne based label headed by Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer and Jürgen Paape has established a name and a unique style for themselves gathering valuable artists under the continuously expanding “umbrella” of the imprint and the Kompakt name has deep roots in the history and development of minimal techno and micro house.

Their 20 years celebration brings all kinds of exclusive materials to their fans. A European anniversary tour, a documentary about the brand’s 20 years history, free tracks available for download, the release of Kompakt 20 Jahre Kollection which is not greatest hits collection but a carefully selected track list representative for the label and a recently announced album of classical reworks from their catalog (Gregor Schwellenbach Spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt) re-arranged by composer Gregor Schwellenbach.

Since Kompakt is planning to expand their two decades celebration during the whole year we are looking forward to see what their next surprise is and of course their new releases for 2013.