48 new and exclusive tracks of electronic music by 48 artists on 4CDs Looking back on a history of 25 years, it’s more than appropriate to celebrate HANDS properly as a pioneering label for contemporary electronic music. For this occasion, (almost) all currently active artists of the worldwide label roster have contributed a new and exclusive track for this massive compilation. So rather than dabbling in retrospective, it’s a state-of-the-art, and a view into the future of HANDS, with 48 tracks on lavishly packaged four CDs, presenting a diversity of individual electronic styles, united in the desire for progress.When Udo Wießmann founded the HANDS label in 1990, it was in order to be able to develop his own music first the project Atrum followed up shortly by Winterkälte, with complete artistic freedom. At first, it was just about the Atrum debut tape, and who would have thought that in the ensuing 25 years over 300 releases in the shape of CDs, vinyls, tapes, DVDs and VHS would follow, as well as no less than 15 annual FORMS OF HANDS festivals and three HANDS LABEL NIGHTS. Also, HANDS artists are regular and established appearances at club concerts, festival stages, sound installations and audio visual performances.Initially associated with pioneering the rhythm’n’noise style, HANDS is also respected for their releases in genres as diverse as techno, drum’n’bass, ambient, IDM , industrial hardcore and all of those styles can be found on “25 YEARS OF HANDS” of course. Appearing in alphabetical order, with no limit to track length, this is a strong statement of artistic value. From the HANDS stalwarts such as Winterkälte, Mono No Aware or Ah-Cama Sotz to more recently joined acts such as Monolith, Ambassador 21 or Phasenmensch, from those with a larger HANDS backcatalogue like Greyhound, Proyecto Mirage, Heimstatt Yiptoash, Shorai or S.K.E.T. to more novel projects like Kaibun or Illegal Trade, this unites the entire tribe. Fans will be delighted to hear from acts who have been in the long grass for a while, like Edgey, Angina P or 5F-X, and to witness the direction that they’re currently taking. And it’s without hyperbole, that the musical content is of undisputed quality, and it is accordingly packaged: The limited first edition comes in an oversize art book style heavy carton CD cover with embossing designed by Nicola Bork. No less than 48 artists of the current label roster have recorded a new and exclusive track each for this compilation Grab your copy of this encyclopedic compendium of electronic music!
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