Friday, 21 September 2018

OPV013 : Pierre Vervloesem & Alinovsky / Invisible Quality


Cover art by Djeromebosch, pics by Pierre Vervloesem 


OPV013 : Pierre Vervloesem & Alinovsky / Invisible Quality

From September 2017 to December, Pierre Vervloesem (Flat Eart Society, Orchestra Exotica, XLegged-Sally…see his Off collections here for the physical and here for the digital) spent 3 months editing, mixing adding guitars and basses, keys and noises,spices and magic to a few recording sessions he did with Alinovsky (see ODG004ODG059 and OR002) who provided on command or improvised beats, percussions and keys.

The album features also Caroline Lumia, an electro acoustic artist who gave a full range of field recordings and house noises that Pierre used on most of the tracks.

The results is the album ‘ Invisible Quality’ which is a versatile mix of country - blues and Vervloesemesque guitars, dub basses, fantomatic or funky keyboards, experimental avant pop and even disco!

Take your time to listen as there are so many little variations in each songs that you’ll need at least ten hearings before enjoying the invisible quality of the album! Enjoy!

A beautiful teaser:



 Caroline Lumia



The cover

Pierre Vervloesem: guitars, basses, keys, editing, mixing and mastering.
Alinovsky: beats, keys, percussions.
Featuring Caroline Lumia on tracks 1/3/4/5/7/9: field recordings, house noises.
Recorded and produced at Studio Fiasco 2 between September and December 2017.

Physical and digital release on the 21st of September 2018.

Track listing:

1: Disque Oh
2: En Trois Temps
3: Blouse Normale
4: Le Prince
5: Le Premier
6: V’la Au’t Chose
7: Loupe
8: Blouse Longue
9: Eddy Merckx

digital only bonus track:

10: Truc 1





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Friday, 14 September 2018

OJP029 : Shinpal / Promised Land


Cover art by Shinpal



OJP029 : Shinpal / Promised Land

Shimpal is from Osaka, Japan.
In his youth, he has been deeply influenced by German electronic music such as Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and also by Krautrock, then by English acts like Brian Eno or New Order. 

Now, he listen to a lot of new electronic genres such as EDM, Dub techno and ambient music. 
He composes and plays exclusively with a modular system and hopes to produce emotional and heartfelt  electronic music.

'Promised Land' is exactly that: ethereal music with emotions that works day or night, in the light or in the dark... Listen and stop thinking!

Shinpal

His modular system

Digital release on the 14th of September 2018.

Track listing: 

1: Sign
2: Particle Flow
3: Sun Bright
4: Evening Sky
5: Silent Land
6: Pray
7: Someday

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A new Spotify playlist to enjoy!

All the latest releases on a new Spotify playlist!
Off Three! : 64 tracks, 4h19 minutes of exciting music!
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Saturday, 8 September 2018

ODG085 : Chisto Pole / Boria at Home


Cover art by Chisto Pole


ODG085 : Chisto Pole / Boria at Home

Chisto Pole aka Grin Shadowtrick is from St Petersburg. Most of his music consists of an habile mix between drones, fiel recordings, noise, electronics, abstract sounds and acoustic instruments.
He also performs under the pseudonym of TLFN (see here) doing a much more cyborg style of music, mixing natural analog sounds and crystal digital waves.

In 2015, he collected sounds from one of his friend. This is what inspired him to compose 'Boria at Home'.
This is what he wrote at the time:
"St. Petersburg, the end of winter, beginning of spring 2015. This is a true and sad story about the last days of the fragile world in which he lived, my friend Boris and his neighbors. 
I came to him and began to write down everything that happens on the recorder, trying to catch the ambient atmosphere of that time.  And what came out is memories, about the time and place that changed my life."


Chisto Pole

Digital release on the 8th of September 2018.

Track listing:

1: Leach
2: Kitchen
3: Room
4: No Job No Home

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

OAS009 : Lastboss - Emerge / Lastboss X Emerge


Cover art by Lee Prescott



OAS009 : Lastboss - Emerge / Lastboss X Emerge

Another dual release with the excellent Beijing based label Nasty Wizard Recording (see their Bandcamp here) presents the coupling of Lastboss (China) and EMERGE (Germany). Sci-fi ambient beats on the opposite side of immersive industrial drones, packaged with the artwork of British artist Lee Prescott.

The first track is from prolific German experimental composer EMERGE aka. Sascha Stadlmeier. 
The EMERGE sound is not one that can be easily pigeonholed as by design the work is not meant to fit into a narrowly defined categories. Instead by drawing inspiration from the traditions of experimental and noise music EMERGE aim to make listeners focus on the sounds, from which atmosphere and soundscapes quite literally emerge, being unique to the perceptions and biases of the individual listener. 
The choice of sound sources used is usually very limited. In most cases only rudiments of the original sounds are recognizable due to various treatments. EMERGE also uses and recycles raw material from a variety of artists/musicians.
In this instance we are presented with ‘Re-emanate’, a recycling of a digital download only track that was released on the Australian label Misspelled records. 
Yet this isn’t a simple re-issue, rather a mutation: sounds were neither added or deleted, instead reworked and to create something totally fresh. In the artist’s own words: “As all these original works are quite old it’s kind of dealing with my past, it’s a kind of going back to roots by treating sounds in a more contemporary way”.
The contemporary here is akin to a chilly dungeon of doom groans and low end rumble, through which fragments of beats drift, giving way to ambient drones that draw you closer to the center of something unseen. Over the course of the seventeen minutes and nineteen seconds EMERGE invites you to lie back and let your imagination play with the sounds, and see what wonderfully twisted places you might end up.



The next four tracks are from U.K. born, China-based producer Lastboss aka. Tate McNeil, currently residing in Zhuhai, China
As part of the UK/Europe based ’Not Music’ collective, Lastboss helped establish the ‘Breakcore’ genre in his hometown of Manchester in the early 2000’s.
He then left for Japan, a period which saw a definite progression in both production and live performance, with Lastboss on the weekly Shinjuku based ‘Dogwalt’ event roster. Lastboss also won the Laptop Battle Tokyo event in 2008.
Post Japan saw the gradual immersion into more soundscape arenas, and also coincided with his current China journey.



It is from this point that the present aesthetic can be really derived from. The China experience has seen Lastboss partake in several multimedia events including the Shanghai Decompression pre Dragon Burn event, Art Exhibitions, Radio Shows, DJ Nights and Workshops.
As a multi talented producer whose work spans almost every electronic genre thinkable, here we see Lastboss showing off his flair for ambient bliss, murky drones, and sci-fi atmospheres with four cuts that serve as the perfect introduction to Lastboss for the unfamiliar, but also some new surprises for fans and peers. 
It opens with ‘Crow’,a recreation of track produced over a decade ago, a dark and brooding atmosphere piece that would sit right at home in the Bladerunner 2049 soundtrack. Next the ironically titled live recording ‘Linguistic Imperialism’ descends to murkier depths to the dark side of ambience. ‘Hanging Horse’ picks up the pace with a cyber-industrial piece that speaks of future-shocked Asian cities with a beat lurking somewhere under the surface. Finally ‘Journal’ welcomes you into the inner sanctum of soothing church organ mingles with harps and off kilter drums before hard edge bass rises up and the beat shuffles around you, rising and rising up and up, and nicely bookending this side of the release. 


Finally, on the cover we find the artwork of Lee Prescott, a China-based British artist and a long term collaborator with Lastboss. Influenced by the minimalism of Bauhaus and Russian Revolutionary era art, Lee’s style is typified by simple motifs and sparse but striking use of colour, which is probably why his work has paired with Lastboss’s so well (the Lastboss Bandcamp page is like a permanent exhibition of Lee’s work). The piece used for this release also nicely complement’s the EMERGe track, given the non-linear quality of both, the journey from inception to completion being as much a mystery for the artist as the audience. As Lee explains “ I knew I wanted something geometric. With geometric stuff it all depends on the first shape that I draw. Everything stems from that. I draw the first few shapes and then I think of how I can work within those shapes. I’ll have more of an idea of what I want to do at this point. I’ll then start working into the initial shapes. Once that’s finished, I can draw the rest of the shapes and then work within them.”

Digital release on the 5th of September 2018.

Track Listing:

1: Re-Emanate - Emerge
2: Crow (Felled Recording) - Lastboss
3: Linguistic Imperialism Ready - Lastboss
4: Hanging Horses - Lastboss
5: Journal - Lastboss

Thursday, 30 August 2018

OAR002 : Olrik - Lew (Alinovsky - Benjamin Lew) / Orient et Mécaniques


Cover art by Benjamin Lew



OAR002 : Olrik - Lew (Alinovsky - Benjamin Lew) / Orient et Mécaniques

This was originally released on cassette (50 pieces) on Digital Records as Digital 005 in January 1982. 

It was recorded live on the 27/12/81 with one mini mike inside a very old detuned piano in a then very popular bar called 'La Papaye' while waiting for the opening. 

Benjamin Lew (see ODG004ODG059discography) was then the barman of the place while Alinovsky (Olrik, ODG004ODG059discography) was the Dj. 
They recorded the album in less than one hour, the time the cassette stopped.
All tracks were completely improvised with Benjamin taking the left part of the keyboard while Alinovsky took the right. 
The tape had originally 6 titles though they are 9 tracks on it... 

The title of the album was chosen when opening the Belgian phone's white pages and pointing randomly at a name. In this case 'Orient et Mécanique' being a garage's name. 


The sound has been cut into tracks now instead of 2x15 minutes sides, cleaned and re mastered by Pierre Vervloesem.

The original outside and inside of the tape:



Digital release on the 31st of August 2018.

Track listing:

1: Morto nel fiune
2: Fausse aveugle 1
3: Fausse aveugle 2
4: Turkish and American Blend
5: Amphisbène 1
6: Amphisbène 2
7: Broken phone booths 1
8: Broken phone booths 2
9: Kailua

In Bandcamp:

Friday, 24 August 2018

OCD039 : Ben Sluijs Quartet / Particles


Cover art by Laurie Van Elsacker


OCD039: Ben Sluijs Quartet / Particles (feat. Ben Sluijs, Bram De Looze, Lennart Heyndels, Dre Pallemaerts)


Ben Sluijs (se also ODG086 and his extensive discography and bio here) is undoubtedly one of the most lyrical and poetic jazz saxophonists of our country. 

The artist can claim a solid experience at the head of different quartets. At the 2016 edition of the Jazz Middelheim festival, he created the surprise by performing with his new quartet, the Ben Sluijs Quartet, alongside drummer Dre Pallemaerts (website) as well as the two outstanding young talents Bram De Looze (website) and Lennart Heyndels (website). 

This album, recorded in 2018, shows their art of performing at their best. Long compositions that evolve from quiet moments to enthusiastic solo and powerful playing.

Take your time to listen peacefully and to discover the various Particles of the album! Enjoy!


From left to right : Lennart, Be, Bram and Dre - pic by Cees van de Ven


Teaser for the album:



'Particles' live at Flagey:




And very nice video of the Quartet live at Middleheim 2018 here!

Physical and digital release on the 24th of August 2018.

Track listing:

1: Particles
2: Song For Yusef
3: Miles Behind
4: Air Castels
5: Cell Mates
6: Mali
7: Jemima
8: Ice Chrystal






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