Friday, 12 July 2019

ODG109 : Sonido Amazonico / 250µg

Cover art by Jordan Bruner

ODG109 : Sonido Amazonico / 250µg

Sonido Amazonico are an electro free jazz Italian band from Modena, formed in 2018.

The band consists of Lucio Cavallari (electronic and synth) and Matteo Pellegrini (bass, loopstation).
The music of Sonido Amazonico interweave sound suggestions originating from different parts and cultures throughout the world.

Lucio and Matteo mixe tablas, ethnic percussions, autochthonous sounds from the tropical rainforest, echos from North Africa reworked live with loops, electronics, calypso rhythms, rumba and experimental electro to produce a contemporary lounge / trip-hop album.

Their first Album 250μg was conceived and realised in four nights. New Zealander Josh Buckler added his plastic clarinet later to give more density to the final mix.

The purpose of the band Sonido Amazonico is to create soundtracks for movies, theatrical representations, audio-video shows and video games.

Sonido Amazonico is:
Lucio Cavallari and Matteo Pellegrini

Lucio Cavallari: CPU, Synth, Electronics, Bass
Matteo Pellegrini: Bass, Guitar 
Josh Buckler: Plastic Clarinet on track 3-4-5-7
Additional guitar on Amazonico: Xeno Meersohn

Mixing: Sonido Amazonico
Mastering: Sonido Amazonico
Recorded at Mushroom Studio, Modena - Italy
Artwork: Jordan Bruner
Layout: Sonido Amazonico

Digital release on the 12th of July 2019.

Track listing:

01 - Aria 1120_17 
02 - Amazonico
03 - Prima
04 - Pasta Vuota
05 - Africa
06 - Cristallo
07 - Sonido

Friday, 5 July 2019

ORT022 : Vitja Pauwels / Day at Half Speed

Cover art by Vita Pauwels

ORT022 : Vitja Pauwels / Day at Half Speed

Day at Half Speed is the first solo album of Belgian guitar player Vitja Pauwels (see also the 2 previous album from his band Soldier Six, OCD017 and OCD030). 

The album was recorded during a concert he did in May 2017 in Trondheim (Norway) where he stayed over a year working on this project under the guidance of Stian Westerhus (see also ORT016).

This live album consists of five pieces written for acoustic guitar and acoustic baritone guitar in which different kinds of interplay with electronics were investigated in a solo situation. 
Vitja combines his guitar playing with carefully chosen electronics that form complements or contrasts to the acoustic sound.

Using guitar pedals, computer processing, synthesizers and samples - played and triggered with the toes - he tried to maximize some of the compositions’ potential with attention for melody and form.

A small trailer here!


The album is out on Rat Records and Walter Label and digitally released on Off on the 5th of July 2019.

Track listing:
  1. glow
  2. overseas
  3. paper airplanes
  4. see me
  5. blossom

Friday, 28 June 2019

ODG105 : Arash Azadi / Mathematical Labyrinth

ODG105 : Arash Azadi / Mathematical Labyrinth

Arash Azadi is a young Iranian composer based in Yerevan, a multidisciplinary artist and art director whose works are influenced by creative technologies. 

Born in Hamedan, Iran, 1994, Azadi began studying classical Persian setar at the age of nine. In 2012, he enrolled in Armenia’s Yerevan State Conservatory, where he majored in composition and began mastering the ins and outs of the visual programming language Max/MSP through an online course offered by the Massachusetts College of Art. 

His most recent works fall under the umbrella of electroacoustic and experimental music and are often accompanied by audio-visual effects, performance art or improvised dance and theatre. With a background in maths and computer sciences, Azadi has also explored ways to combine modern approaches to sound with acoustic and folk music. To date, his works have been performed in France, Italy, Germany, and Greece in addition to his native and temporary homelands of Iran and Armenia.

His new album 'Mathematical Labyrinth' is a mix of long electroacoustic patterns moving slowly in a mathematical kind of journey or minimal techno noise electronics mixed with folk samplers. Almost 40 minutes that will give you another vision of the inner world of another dimension. 

You can find more about his work and his way to compose  in this excellent interview .
And a very nice video of a live improvisation:


Digital release on the 28th of June 2019.

Track listing:

1: Se + F=Ph
2: Che / Channel+ Ize
3: Pa + R=Reality
4: Sh / S=Sanity
5: Ha / Ja=Liberty
6: No + H=Harmony

Friday, 21 June 2019

ODG106 : Rodolphe Coster / Shudder

Cover art by A.L., pic by Joel Hamilton

ODG106 : Rodolphe Coster / Shudder

Known from the Belgian indie scene, member of several bands (Flexa Lyndo, Baum, Poni, Cafeneon), Rodolphe Coster has been working since 2012 on his behalf. 

He mixes an introspection sensitive to its contemporary and vintage references (Fever Ray,
Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine, Suicide, The Jesus and Mary Chain). 
Compared by some as a meeting point between the Big Pink and Autechre, its tracks move from ambient pop to transgender music (electronica, punk, techno, indus, shoegaze).

Amongst recent collaborations, Rodolphe Coster composed the music of the STROKE-SHUDDER show that you can listen here, a contemporary dance duo created in Montreal at Theater of the Unicorn (2015), and taken again at the National Monument in TANGENTES (2016) and during a tour of Montreal's Maisons de la Culture in April 2018.
For the music of this show Coster has received the SABAM AWARD 2016, category musical composition for the performing arts.

Rodolphe released this fall his EP "PLANTE" with remixes by CRISTIAN VOGEL (Super Collider, NovaMute) and SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU.
In his group formula, he is accompanied by Maya Postepski aka Princess Century, MYBALeS and Sofane Remadna. When playing in the United States the band consists of
the three musicians of BOY TOY (New York), Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) and Matt Jones (Castle Face Records- Male Gaze).

Matt Jones produced HIGH WITH THE PEOPLE, his first band album, in New York at Studio G with Alexis Berthelot. it includes arrangements by Atsuko Hatano (violinist of Jim O Rourke) and Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles.
Rodolphe regularly tours Japan and collaborates with the no-wave and techno scene
noise close to BOREDOMS.
While waiting for the release of this album, he continues his work of composition for contemporary dance and cinema.
At time he loves to play in the street too for which he has also mounted a collective band called PAVéS! who intervenes in the public space, by making improvised music around problems related to the gentrification phenomena. 
Rodolphe Coster is a real pop artist always looking for the energy that will push him to create music related to the body and mind and like he says: 'I wants people to dance!'.

Rodolphe, pic by Sasha Vernaeve

Digital release on the 21st of June 2019.

Track listing:

1: Birdstroke
2: Shudder
3: Cradle
4: Thrilldope

All tracks mastered by Igor Van De Putte

Friday, 14 June 2019

ODG107 : H.Soror / Live at Electric Meadow

Cover art by Regina Zheleznyakova

ODG107 : H.Soror / Live at Electric Meadow

Second live album from the non-jazz Ukrainian band H.Soror (see also their other live album ODG064 and their sax player solo album ODG100)!

Always carrying with their typical mix of heavy sound. Regina's heavy bass and Natacha's dynamic drums giving the tempo while Mykola blows his sax in his non style jazz! 
Three long tracks that demand a bit of attention to enter in their universe, but once you're in you'll enjoy their intense vibrations!

"H.Soror is difficult to tie up to a certain genre. Previously experienced in a wide range of music styles, they're creating an unapologetically unique sound on the crossroads of psychedelic rock and free jazz, expanding both with electronic influences. After playing numerous shows throughout Europe and headlining the Vilnius Mama Jazz showcase stage, they described as unusual and self-sufficient creators."

"...plowing a constricted furrow with great effectiveness at the juncture of rock, metal and jazz." (c)

And a video trailer here.

Sax - Mykola Lebed 
Bass, vocals - Regina Zhelezniakova 
Drums - Natasha Pirogova 
Recorded at Electric Meadow Festival on July 8th, 2018.

Sound recording: Yuri Gryaznov 
Sound mastering: Dmitry Kachan 

Digital release on the 14th of June 2019.

Track listing:

1: Polaris - 08:10
2: 354738 - 07:51
3: Kangaroo Seeds - 05:25

They will tour Europe in June / Jully so if they play near you, don't miss them!
June 26: Katowice, Poland
June 27: Berlin, Germany
June 28: Brussels, Belgium
June 29: Dordrecht, Netherlands
June 30 - July 02 TBA
July 3: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

Friday, 7 June 2019

OVD026 / Manu Ribot / Future from the Past

Cover art by Manu Ribot

OVD026 : Manu Ribot / Future from the Past

Second solo album from Manu Ribot (The Claude Zac Ensemble in OBX001, see also OPV011) completely self recorded and mixed at his home. 

'Future From The Past' has been inspired by the Star Trek universe (from the Original series to Voyager) and his unique and bright vision of the Future, the space travels, the attitude towards alien species where difference is the norm, all of those through real science fiction stories.
It obviously includes pasteboard rocks on an alien planet with purple sky, wool based spacial anomalies, ornythoid life forms pupets on strings dying in fumes, outdoor scenes filmed in the same places as Zorro but in color, constant electronic background soundscape, and above all, those exotic spacial musics created by genius composers but played by musicians that no one forgot the names because nobody knew who they where on this side of the ocean and into present time frame.

Songs like 'NCC-1701' or 'Bolian Blues' remind us of Les Baxter and co but then 'Photonic Daydream', 'A City On The Edge Of Forever' or 'Betazoïd Eyes' are really what you would expect from a 21st century lounge composer. 
This exquisite album will make you travel from era to era and brings you The Past with The Future during 44 minutes!

Manu 'muchwI' 'IH' Ribot

Digital release on the 7th of June 2019.

Track list:

1: NCC-1701
2: Bolian Blues
3: Koh-Nar
4: Photonic Daydream
5: A City on the Edge of Forever
6: Betazoïd Eyes
7: Ornithoid Life Form
8: Friendship One
9: Fascinating Anomaly
10: Warp 9
11: Erosene Winds

Friday, 31 May 2019

OMT005 : El Gueye / You & Me

Cover art by A.L.

OMT005 : El Gueye / You & Me

El Gueye has already recorded 3 albums and is recognised as one of the best singer and composer in Senegal. 

The title of the album and the first song 'You & Me' is a discret allusion to the fact that both El and Youssoun N Dour voice and physical ressemblance are often an amusing private joke make to El while walking in the streets of Dakar from his friends and unknown people.

The album is talking about love, friendship, facts of life, success, misfortunes..etc. All the songs are sing in Wolof.
The music is what they call Mbalax (meaning "rhythm" in Wolof), it derives from accompanying rhythms used in sabar music of the Serer people of the Kingdom of Sine and spread to the Kingdom of Saloum whence Wolof migrants brought it to the Wolof kingdoms. The Nder (lead drum), Sabar (rhythm drum), and Tama (talking drum) percussion section traces some of its technique to the ritual music of Njuup.

The Senegalese musical heritage is better known than that of most African countries, thanks to the popularity of this mbalax style and Sabar drumming is particularly popular.

Senegalese music as well as other music in Africa has its origins in the songs of griots who sang to the glory of kings and princes. Upon the arrival of Islam, Muslims became master lyricists and developed the art of sung prayers.

El is preparing a new album that will include lots of new different elements going further away from Mbalax.

Takku Suf video:

Digital release on the 1st of June 2019.

Track listing:

1: You & Me
2: Namo Dara
3: Yaye
4: Succès
5: Massata
6: Teen Bi (Feat. Red Black)
7: Takku Suf