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Classic Album Review: Kreidler | Kreidler

The Dusseldorf crew put a human face on the whole icy-Germanic-electro thing.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Roughly 99% of electronic music has one thing in common: The beatbox.

Düsseldorf’s Kreidler are the 1%ers who thankfully upend that trend, setting themselves apart from virtually every other band in the recent electronic Teutonic boomlet. That also puts them one step ahead of the competition. Their living, breathing, DNA-driven rhythm section lay down some laid-back, lightly funky grooves for the two synthesizer players out front, who, in turn, invest their blip-bloop, click-clack melodies with a soulful feel far removed from the usual animatronic robotics. Factor in a couple of guest vocals — including a nonsensical Beck-ish rap from Momus — and Kreidler do a pretty good job of putting a human face on the whole icy-Germanic-Sprockets-electro thing. Here’s to the 1%ers.