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Michael Mayer

One of the key figures of Cologne, Germany's electronic music scene, Mayer has a durable reputation as a remixer, DJ, and producer. He's released numerous well-received mix CDs and singles, as well as a handful of studio albums. The majority of his tracks have been released by Kompakt -- the legendary techno label and distributor he helps run with founder Wolfgang Voigt -- and Kompakt-related labels like New Trance Atlantic (NTA) and Kreisel 99. His own productions, whether dabbling in house or techno, tend to be minimal with dubby flourishes -- and no two sound alike.

Mayer was born in the Black Forest, Germany in 1971 and moved to Cologne when he was 20. He began working at a record store called Delirium along with Wolfgang and Reinhard Voigt, Jörg Burger, and Jürgen Paape. The entire group became instrumental in establishing the city's techno scene through several labels and club nights. Mayer released his first two 12"s on NTA in 1997, before Kompakt was established in 1998, combining numerous labels, the record store, and event organization. Kompakt Köln Präsentiert Michael Mayer, a mix album of tracks from the likes of Sanasol, Herbert, OM1, and the Modernist, was released in 1998 by Neuhouse. Four years later, Kompakt issued Immer, another mix album. Tracing the developments made in microhouse/tech-house since Mayer's previous mix, the disc featured material from Carsten Jost, Akufen, Selway, and A Rocket in Dub, and it showcased an unrivaled knack for selecting and sequencing.

At this point, Mayer became something of a poster boy for Cologne techno. In 2003, he released a pair of mixes. The first was one of the first several releases in Kompakt's Speicher 12" series, while the second -- a more playful and melodic affair -- was commissioned by London's Fabric series. The following year, Mayer released a second Speicher mix and finally delivered his long-promised debut album of productions, Touch. During the next few years, as he continued to operate Kompakt, he put together Immer 2 and Immer 3, as well as his second and third overview mixes of the Speicher releases. He also collaborated with Superpitcher as SuperMayer, which released an album on Kompakt in 2007.

Mayer kept busy as a remixer (with Moby, Pet Shop Boys, and Depeche Mode among his clients) in addition to DJ'ing around the world and continuing to run Kompakt. His follow-up to Touch didn't arrive until 2012. That album, Mantasy, was released in October. Following another break from solo productions, Mayer released a split 12" single with Reinhard Voigt in 2015. He then collaborated with Kölsch on a 12" released by IPSO in 2016. Later in the year, !K7 released &, Mayer's third studio album, which featured collaborations with Miss Kittin, Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, Gui Boratto, and several others. ~ Andy Kellman & Paul Simpson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mantasy

1. Sully

2. Lamusetwa

3. Wrong Lap

4. Mantasy

5. Roses

6. Baumhaus

7. Rudi Was A Punk

8. Voigt Kampff Test

9. Neue Furche

10. Good Times

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Track List: Touch

1. Touch

2. Privat

3. Heiden

4. Neue Luthersche Fraktur

5. Slowfood

6. Lovefood

7. Funky Handicap

8. Amabile

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Track List: &

1. We Like To Party (Feat. Roman Flugel)

2. Disco Dancers (Feat. Voigt, Burger / Voigt)

3. State Of The Nation (Feat. Gui Boratto)

4. Mind Games (Feat. Ed Macfarlane)

5. Gemination (Feat. Kölsch)

6. Voyage Interieur (Feat. Miss Kittin)

7. For You (Feat. Joe Goddard)

8. Blackbird Has Spoken (Feat. Agoria)

9. La Compostela (Feat. Hauschka)

10. Comfort Me (Feat. Prins Thomas & Irene Kalisvaart)

11. Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen (Feat. Barnt)

12. Cicadelia (Feat. Andrew Thomas)

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Track List: 17 & 4 (Joachim Spieth Mix) (Single)

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Track List: Mantasy Remixe

2. Lamusetwa (Matias Aguayo Mix)

4. Voigt Kampff Test (Barnt Remix)

9. Roses (Terranova Mix)

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Track List: Mantasy Remixe 1 (Single)

1. Voigt Kampff Test (Philipp Gorbachev Mix)

2. Voigt Kampff Test (Barnt Mix)

3. Baumhaus (The Mole Mix)

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Track List: Mantasy Remixe 3

1. Mantasy (Juergen Paape Feat. Mounya Rezzoug Mix)

2. Lamusetwa (Matias Aguayo)

3. Roses (Terranova Mix)

4. Baumhaus (Joerg Burger Feat. Sidonie Mix)

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Track List: Mantasy Remixes 2 (Single)

1. Good Times (Agoria Sunlune Mix)

2. Baumhaus (Robag's Paavo And Veita Rehand)

3. Mantasy (Will Saul & October Mix)

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Michael Mayer.... brings back vibes from the early 2000's.
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Detroit glowman it's a lost art bring us back to the days before time
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Hard but so sweet!
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Sorry. ...isn't this a Massive Attack song?
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So sweet
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Love u
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Provocative!
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Sweet!
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Sexy mix of a sweet song, might even like it more... I better find more of this guy's stuff.
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Nice!
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Wherever that spaghetti western showdown guitar came from took this song to new grounds. Spin awwwwn
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wre oi
sae ol fasy hop
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uiop mrop
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gop kop gob
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Smooth listening bro....
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Strange to see such a comparativel y young artist (half W. Voigt's age) referred to in past tense. And as far as I know, Kompakt's still in business and still co-owned by Voigt and Mayer.
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Hope Sandoval makes this song.
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love this dood! this touch track by him tho is a straight rabbit in the moon rip-off!
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Trip put with a nice ski day.
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I will have his children...a n d they will be djs....
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You Don't say
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Pretty sweet! <3²
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Michael Mayer is the man.

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It's hard to find someone doing something original in techno or tech-house, but Mayer is. Good stuff.

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