Macht Schnell! Kosmischer Laufer and 10 Krautrock Jams to Run To
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Earlier this year there was a minor controversy over the legitimacy of an album—titled Kosmischer Läufer—of East German music created for that country's Olympic athletes during the '70s and '80s. The man behind the record, the pseudonymous Martin Zeichnete, supposedly met Drew McFadyen of Unknown Capability Recordings in Berlin 18 months ago, and the two bonded over their love of analog-synth music. That's when this alleged lost collection of songs for DDR Olympians came to light. Whether the story's true, there's no denying the greatness of Kosmischer Läufer and its "authentically vintage" sonic signifiers.
Now there's a Kickstarter campaign underway to potentially fund the vinyl release of Kosmischer Läufer, with a projected release in late September. In anticipation of this possibly momentous occasion, McFadyen compiled a list of 10 krautrock tracks that inspired the album. This survey combines two of the best things in life: phenomenal German rock and electronic music from the '70s and running. Check out the list here. And, hell, why not listen to Kosmischer Läufer while you're at it?