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Station 17+
HITPARADE
(MUTE)

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Station 17 are not your average band. The groupís seven members are residents of the Alsterdorf Institution, a housing complex for the mentally handicapped in Hamburg. Since they formed, in 1989, German musicians ranging from Die Toten Hosen to Can have helped Station 17 produce four albums wherein their sound has progressed from improvisational pieces to computer-based electro compositions, establishing them in the German mainstream. Station 17ís recent electronic-music explorations have spawned Hitparade, a collection of remixes (hence the "+") of songs spanning the bandís history. This is the groupís fifth album but the first released outside Germany, and it boasts such luminaries as Thomas Fehlman (Orb), FM Einheit (exĖEinstürzende Neubauten), To Rococo Rot, and the Modernist among the featured producers/mixers. The result is a solid, well-balanced collection of economical beats and rich textures. The mixes are predominantly techno and house-oriented but also include hip-hop, dub, tribal, and experimental noises.

BY JOHN LEFLER

Issue Date: January 10 - 17, 2002
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