Influential Berlin imprint Get Physical is turning 15 years old in 2017, and to celebrate it has put together a fantastic 15 track compilation featuring plenty of key label artists. To mark the release, the crew will celebrate 15 Years of Get Physical at Watergate Berlin on June 10th and then Off Week on June 15th.
Over the years, the cult label set up by DJ T., M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade has carved out its own sonic empire, with many house and tech styles all covered by their hundreds of EPs, LPs and revered compilations such as Body Language. They have also put on many great events all over the world and have continued to set their own trends rather than follow them, all while mixing up big established names with rising newcomers. This new compilation picks out some new cuts as well as a number of highlights from over the years and really packs a punch.
Things kick off with the label’s most famous tune - ‘Body Language’. Produced by M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade, it is a classic dance anthem with wobbly bass and a killer lead synth that sounds as fresh today as it did the day it was released. DJ T. then steps up with a funky little house number in the form of ‘Philly’ and label stalwart Tigerskin feat. Lazarusman comes correct with the blissed out house of ‘The Blackness’.
Newer associates like Hot Since 82 and South African rising star Thor Rixon then offer some smooth tech vibes, veterans WhoMadeWho zone us out with the spiritual house vibes of ‘There’s A Way’ (andhim Remix) and the legendary Junior Boys prove why they are still going after so many years with their timeless ‘No Kinda Man.’
Proving how diverse their output is, artists like Bruce Loko offer inventive and organic pieces such as ‘God’s Window’ and newer associates like another South African Jazzuelle—who served up a fine album on the label this year—then remixes DJ Pierre in intoxicating acid style. Add in big names like Reboot and Francesco Tristano's Body Language Mix of ‘Impermanent’ and you have a collection of tunes that offers something for all moments in the night.
Few labels are as iconic in dance music as Get Physical, and this compilation proves why the label is so well admired.