Who needs tickets for Kraftwerk? Not us. (Unless you have spares. We’ll buy any spares). After all, there are plenty of bands continuing the tradition of driving electronic rhythms. Toy are one example, as they proved with their impressive self-titled debut album. Guitarist Dominic O’Dair talked us through the tracks that have most influenced him.
MICHAEL ROTHER - KARUSSELL
“Rother is Neu!’s guitarist and this is from one of his solo albums. It’s a compelling, upbeat song, without the classic motoric rhythm of most Neu! tracks. There’s a specific groove to it, so even though it’s quite simple in structure, it feels like it could just repeat forever.”
CAN – BEL AIR
“I love Can’s album Future Days and this is my favourite track. It’s 20 minutes long. I really love the idea that one side of an album is just one song for you to get lost in. It’s obviously just them letting loose, which is something we’d like to embrace for our next album. We’ll just record the rehearsals and see what happens.”
AMON DÜÜL – EIN WUNDERHÜBSCHES...
...Mädchen Träumt von Sandosa “There are two incarnations of Amon Düül. My favourite is the original. This track is clattering, pounding and noisy. They must have been pretty obsessed with The Velvet Underground. It doesn’t sound at all like most people’s perception of Krautrock.”
NEU! – FÜR IMMER
“Now this is what people think of as Krautrock – the ultimate driving rhythms. I love Neu! 2. Für Immer is the track I first got into. They’d run out of money by the second side, so they just manipulated what they’d already recorded so you get either these really fast or really slow alternative versions of tracks you’ve already heard.”