VA – Cafe Exil ~ New Adventures In European Music 1972-1980 (2020)

Posted by Green on January 3, 2021as

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When David Bowie and Iggy Pop relocated from LA to continental Europe, taking trains to Berlin, Paris and Warsaw, they would have come across new music that was very different to the burgeoning disco scene they left behind. Cafe Exil named after one of Bowie’s favourite Berlin haunts imagines the soundtrack that would have informed Low, Heroes and Lodger. It’s an awesome mix of electronica, Krautrock and experimental treats. There are key tracks featuring members of Can and Tangerine Dream (Vinyl version only), fascinating obscurities by German act Streetmark and Italian library maestro Piero Umiliani, the Herzog-soundtracking Popul Vuh, and highly collectible avant-strangeness by Annette Peacock. Czech-born Jan Hammer s beautiful, light, atmospheric groove is among myriad surprises. Cafe Exil has been put together by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Jason Wood, author of multiple books on cinema and programmer at Home in Manchester. It fits in with other recent Ace compilations such as English Weather and 76 In The Shade – it creates a mood, a time and a place. You’re right there, sat next to Bowie, drinking his Pernod and black, in a darkly lit Berlin bar.


01. Rubba – Way Star (3:53)
02. Annette Peacock – Pony (6:17)
03. Focus – Tommy (3:24)
04. Amon Düül II – A Morning Excuse (3:20)
05. Steve Hillage – Octave Doctors (3:35)
06. Faust – Jennifer (7:09)
07. Michael Rother – Feuerland (7:07)
08. Streetmark – Eileen (5:35)
09. Toni Esposito – L’Eroe Di Plastica (3:50)
10. Brian Eno – No One Receiving (3:48)
11. Popol Vuh – Hunter Der Schwelle (3:48)
12. Soft Machine – Penny Hitch (6:40)
13. Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know (3:01)
14. Piero Umiliani – Canoe (1:57)
15. Cortex – Troupeau Bleu (5:03)
16. Cluster – Sowieso (8:07)

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