Over a career spanning 50 years, Kraftwerk have influenced artists from David Bowie to Depeche Mode. The pioneers of electronic music and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have long been at the vanguard of innovation in music, and continue to perform and tour today. Hip-hop/electro progenitors Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force incorporated the German band's music into their 1982 hit "Planet Rock," beginning a long relationship between Kraftwerk and club/DJ culture. Late in 2020, Kraftwerk issued a digital-only collection known as Remixes. On March 25, Parlophone will bring that album to CD and vinyl.
Remixes features 19 tracks remixed by the band itself as well as François Kevorkian, William Orbit, Étienne de Crécy, Orbital, Underground Resistance, DJ Rolando, and Hot Chip. These remixes were originally released on various 12" singles, CD singles, and digital releases over the past twenty years. The album additionally showcases Kraftwerk's latest Kling Klang Studio creations: "Non Stop" and remixes of "Home Computer" and "Tour De France (Etape 2)." The genesis of "Non Stop" was a soundbite recorded for MTV in the 1980s; in 2020, Kraftwerk took the original 30-second clip and expanded into its current eight-minute form.
The press release notes that while "all the featured remixes are available on streaming services, physical copies have long been out of print, so this triple vinyl and double CD release is a welcome addition to the Kraftwerk catalogue and particularly a must-have for electro DJs."
Later this year, Kraftwerk (currently consisting of founding member Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz, and Falk Grieffenhagen) will embark on a 24-date North American tour. In August, they will co-headline All Points East in London with The Chemical Brothers. Back home in Dusseldorf, an exhibition entitled Electro - From Kraftwerk To Techno is currently welcoming visitors until May 22. The exhibition was first staged in London but its current presentation incorporates new images and graphic designs.
Look for Kraftwerk's Remixes in 2-CD and 3-LP iterations on March 25 from Parlophone. You'll find the complete track listing along with pre-order links below.
Remixes (Parlophone/Rhino, 2022)
- Non Stop
- Robotnik (Kling Klang Mix)
- Robotronik (Kling Klang Mix)
- Radioactivity (William Orbit Hardcore Remix - Kling Klang Edit)
- Radioactivity (François Kervorkian 12" Remix)
- Expo 2000 (Kling Klang Mix 2002)
- Expo 2000 (Kling Klang Mix 2001)
- Expo 2000 (Orbital Mix)
- Expo 2000 (Francois K and Rob Rives Mix)
- Home Computer (2021 Single Edit)
- Expo Remix (DJ Rolando Mix)
- Expo Remix (Underground Resistance Mix)
- Expo Remix (UR Thought 3 Mix)
- Aéro Dynamik (Kling Klang Dynamix)
- Aéro Dynamik (Alex Gopher / Étienne de Crécy Dynamik Mix)
- Aéro Dynamik (François K. Aero Mix)
- Aéro Dynamik (Intelligent Design Mix by Hot Chip)
- La Forme (King Of The Mountains Mix by Hot Chip)
- Tour De France (Etape 2)
Disc 1, Tracks 1 & 10 and Disc 2, Track 9 previously unreleased
Disc 1, Tracks 2-3 from "Die Roboter" CD single - Kling Klang/Electrola 1C 560-2 04325 2 ,1991
Disc 1, Tracks 4-5 from "Radioaktiviät" CD single - Kling Klang/Electrola 1C 560-2 04516 2, 1991
Disc 1, Tracks 6-7 from "Expo 2000" CD single - Kling Klang/Electrola 7243 8 87984 2 6, 1999
Disc 1, Tracks 8-9 and Disc 2, Tracks 1-3 from Expo Remix, Kling Klang/Electrola 7243 8 89612 6 4, 1999
Disc 2, Tracks 4-6 from Aerodynamik, EMI CDEM637/Kling Klang 548 204 2, 2004
Disc 2, Tracks 7-8 from "Aerodynamik" b/w "La Forme" 12-inch single, EMI 12EM730, 2007