Minami Deutsch


The Beauty Witch have brought something special to a drab Tuesday night in Manchester in the form of Minami Deutsch, who are Japan’s answer to all your krautrock needs.

First up we have Girl Sweat, a one-man maniacal compilation of electronic noise and bizarre vocal sound. Having garnered a loyal local fan base from previous appearances, many are down early to enjoy his own unique brand of weirdness which is interesting to watch and aurally pleasing.

Minami Deutsch were formed by Kyotaro Miula (guitar, vocals, synthesizer) in Tokyo in 2014. Their sound is influenced by both their love for Krautrock legends such as Can and Neu!, and the band members being self-professed “repetition freaks” who heavily listen to minimal techno. The music proceeds straightforwardly with the Motorik beat (Hammer beat), devised by Klaus Dinger (Kraftwerk, Neu!), as its central axis. Having just announced the release of a second LP for release on 20th April, the venue is packed as they take to the stage.

They open with a new track with a pacey back beat, a hearty bass line and an interesting arrangement of guitar sounds. They move from this into the more well-known ‘Futsu Ni Ikirenei’ from their 2016 self-titled LP. They then move through a number of tracks which are a cross between funk, acid jazz and folk rock. Whilst not quite what you expect from them, they are received very well, and the room is dancing along to the funky grooves in no time. To end the set, they return to their krautrock roots with tracks taken from the forthcoming album. These track sound fresh and are delivered with vigour and are lapped up appreciatively. They come back to treat us to an encore and leave the whole room in awe.

Krautrock is a genre that has recently fallen by the way side to its more widely regarded cousin psychedelia, but bands like Minami Deutsch showcase that it still has a lot to offer.

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Lover of all things psych and shoegaze and the mind behind Astral Elevator; constantly seeking new musical experiences in a world full of noise.