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As Sun Electric, Germans Max Loderbauer (the son of a composer) and Tom Thiel (a studio engineer) marry dizzying Teutonic trance with chilled-out ambience. They first met at the studio where Thiel worked, and the two later played as part of the band Fisherman’s Friend. Manager Thomas Fehlmann, a frequent Orb co-worker, encouraged the two to move to his native Berlin and form a band. The two agreed, and when their debut single “O Locco” appeared, it was picked up by the Orb’s Alex Paterson for his Wau! Mr. Modo label. The duo then signed to ZTT, who unfortunately wanted an electro-pop group. After wrangling out of the contract, Sun Electric signed to the Apollo sublabel of R&S and released their debut album, 1995’s Kitchen. The following year brought a live album recorded at Berlin’s Love Parade, while Via Nostra appeared in 1998.


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  • quora

    yep, 30.7.94 and Present are their best

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • fingerbib2000

    +1 for '30.7.94' of the greatest ambient recordings of all time.

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Selenaru_Negrea

    Wow, I was wondering where I heard before this name, Sun Electric... it was on a Cafe del Mar volume! He, he, how unlikely... though Leftfield have also been on CDM! So anything is possible!

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
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  • meshi1977

    cool stuff

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
  • napierdalante

    2 Aug 2009 Reply
  • natty_chaos

    Sun Electric if best, what i found on beautiful and powerful music.

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • dapper09

    present is my fav sun electric album.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • amsleegers

    wow, this is the first time ever I meet someone who actually knows the 30.7.94 album :-) a friend and I bought it together back in 1995, and we listened to it endlessly during long nights of adolescent conversations - definitely one of my favourite records!

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • higgers

    As Obi-Head said below, 30.7.94 is an amazing listening experience. Other similar tracks I rate highly are FSOL's Cascade and the 40 minute version of The Orb's Blue Room.

    5 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Goblim

    Nice old acid.

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Obi-Head

    Their live album '30.7.94' has to be one the greatest listening experiences in ambient music.

    30 Dec 2007 Reply

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