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Kraftwerk – Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern
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5.0 10 Adequate

They are here! The Electronic pioneers who have influenced many musically.Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Visage, Gary Numan, OMD, Human League, New Order and their influences on black American dance music. 8os Hip Hop DJ & producer Afrika Bambaataa used the keyboard hook on ‘Trans Europe Express’ on his 80s track ‘Planet Rock’.

It is an honour to be in the presence of such a historical legendary group who have touched the lives of so many people across the globe. The intense loyalty for Kraftwerk is amazing, and one reason being they are the masters who taught masters and their incredible longevity spanning back to the early 70s. There is one original member here tonight as part of the four piece, Ralf Hutter, but that has not stopped the one week UK dates at Tate being a sell out on the first day tickets went on sale.

The show begins with ‘Trans Europe Express’ a slightly dark and mysterious track with a backdrop of trains and railway tracks, it empowers transportation and a love of travel. ‘Autobahn’ the 1974 classic is warmly welcomed with a backdrop of cars on the motorway, this track expresses the love and fun of driving , admiring the views and scenery around you as you drive, it brings a sense of comfort, a lovely melody. Kraftwerk are very good at visual stimulation, really taking your imagination to a higher place, yet it is done simply with four men standing very still in front of a moving backdrop, simple but effective.

‘The Model’  ‘Man Machine’ ‘Numbers’  ‘Showroom Dummies’ ‘Tour De France’ a song about cycling all make an appearance so everybody gets a fix of their favourite Kraftwerk piece of music and style. I had noticed some people were dancing like they were at a Rave, also a fair bit of yelling, not quite what I anticipated at a Kraftwerk gig. The night ends with ‘Music Non Stop’ a gentle yet effective track. Each member departs individually each giving a bow, Ralf  leaving last “Thank you-Auf wiedersehen” and touches his heart.

A wonderful night of Electronica perfection.

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