A love letter to the German capital, bringing together songs recorded in the city or by people who have lived there.
King Britt has long found inspiration in Berlin’s industrial landscape and future-gazing music, citing formative experiences at Love Parade, Berghain and the first-ever Red Bull Music Academy in 1998, where he delivered a lecture. To celebrate the Academy’s 20th anniversary, this month’s transmission pays tribute to the city with some of his favorite Berlin-related music, from high school krautrock favorites Conny Plank and Tangerine Dream to contemporary electronic composers like Nils Frahm and Laurel Halo. Most of the songs were either recorded in the city, or by people who have lived there at some point — taken together, these tracks form a deeply personal map of Berlin’s musical history, one that feels perfectly suited to a walk through the city streets in winter. Look out for some new music by Detroit’s Monty Luke, a recent Berlin transplant, and local experimental producer Christina Wheeler.