Can were without doubt one of the most original and influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s, bridging electronic music, jazz, rock and classical with a wild, experimental approach to emerging electronic production techniques. The resulting sound – dubbed ‘krautrock’ by the British music press at the time – is a body of work that reverberates through the music of Portishead, LCD Soundsystem, Factory Floor, Kanye West and many more. In this episode of Repercussions, Stuart Buchanan takes a dive into their extensive back catalogue, via edits from a rare 2004 FBi interview with Irmin Schmidt, and brings the story up to date with remixes from Carl Craig and UNKLE, plus new work from two Can founders in their Cyclopean guise.
for today’s mp3 smorgasbord, i’m rounding up some of the links that have been sitting brooding, quietly at the back, and have yet to make it onto the blog. before that though, a heads up to irmin schmidt from can (pictured top left) who