German-based experimental electronic duo Mouse on Mars (aka Andi Toma and Jan St.

German-based experimental electronic duo Mouse on Mars (aka Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner) delivers Rost Pocks, an essential collection of material released as EPs during the act's tenure (1994-1997) with influential London-based indie Too Pure. The clever innovators—heavily influenced by Krautrock pioneers Can, Neu!, and Kraftwerk—are sonic craftsmen who shape unconventional musical landscapes through eccentric explorations in traditional live rock instrumentation, jazz, dub, abstract hip-hop, and unpredictable electronic manipulations. Eschewing tracks from the duo's full-length debut Vulvaland, this collection mines gems from the act's three EPs (Frosch, Bib, and Twift), a 1997 collaboration with Stereolab (the Cache Coeur Naif EP), remixes of "Saturday Night World Cup Fieber," and "Maus Mobil" (taken from the compilation Trance Europe Express 3).—CR