Featured Tracks: Kraftwerk “Pocket Calculator/Dentaku”(7” jukebox 45)

Alex Calhoun —  May 4, 2011 — 2 Comments

Sometimes I like to really dig for my vinyl. I definitely frequent stores like Detroit Threads that specialize in electronic music records, where everything is neatly labeled so I can find exactly what I’m looking for. But every now and them I get super adventurous and decide to really dig the crates.  This records was the spoils from one such crate digging adventure. Where would the world of modern electronic music be without the music of Kraftwerk? That’s not a world I want to live in. That’s why I was so pumped to find this track.  “Pocket Calculator” is one of those tracks that you can listen to and hear how powerful of an influence it was on Detroit Techno, and all other forms of house and techno. The drums are very electro-ish and it has all those classic, super fat synth grooves that made Kraftwerk so famous. The synth sounds and glitched out calculator riffs are super spacey, and remind me of all the tripped out 70’s and 80’s cartoons I grew up watching. The flipside is the Japanese version of “Pocket Calculator” titled “Dentaku”. It’s pretty much the same track, slightly edited, with the song sung in Japanese. However the vocals sound all strange and robotic. Really an awesome version. While I doubt you’ll find this specific 7″, if you want a copy of this track, the full length record it came from in 1981 “Computer World” has been repressed recently, and you can find copies at Turntablelab.com.


Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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2 responses to Featured Tracks: Kraftwerk “Pocket Calculator/Dentaku”(7” jukebox 45)

  1. “Where would the world of modern electronic music be without the music of Kraftwerk?” So true and a great find. Keep Detroit Threads (and all local record shops) alive.

  2. Word Up!

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