Klang Elektronik has been releasing techno and electro records for about a decade and a half. The overwhelming majority of their catalog is strictly released on vinyl, so compilations such as this are a fine way for those not familiar with the vinyl releases to catch up.
The disc starts out with a funky midtempo hip-hop track from Detroit techno pioneer Anthony Shake Shakir. The tempo is picked up a little during the next track, by Phage & Dreier, who offer a stuttery, blippy techno track, but the momentum is really pushed forward by Bored & Lazy, whose track "The Expert" is a minimal electro stormer. This segues excellently into Alex Cortex's "Huyendo Pt. 2", which starts out with a nice EBM groove... and then doesn't really go anywhere.
The album seems to continue in this sort of uneven, stop-start eclectic fashion. Several shades of minimal electro and techno are represented, with a few downtempo hip-hop and IDM interludes. The disc peaks with its last two tracks, both over seven minutes long: an astonishing tribute to acid house pioneer Larry Heard by an artist going by the name The Sun God, and a lovely ambient track from Alter Ego, who help run Klang Elektronik along with Ata and Heiko MSO.
This mix probably won't please anyone looking for the smoothest transitions in the world. Nevertheless, for those interested in becoming familiar with a long-running electronic label that they might not have been paying attention to, there are a few diamonds to be found. 7/10 -- Paul Simpson (25 June, 2008)