Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Two new African and Japanese Spotify playlists!

Two new playlist on Spotify to Enjoy! 

A compilation of some of the best Japanese experimental tracks from the Japanese serie:
24 tracks to discover here:

And a compilation of the Matonge series with 11 tracks to discover here:


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Autumn is useless video!

First video from the forthcoming album 'Artiste International' from Pierre Vervloesem Feat. the one and only drummer Morgan А̊gren!


Friday, 16 August 2019

ODG111 : Jürgen Augusteyns / Moeilijk

Cover art by Jürgen Augusteyns

ODG111 : Jürgen Augusteyns / Moeilijk

After his ep “Das ewige Ende // Dyptich” (see ODG108), Jürgen Augusteyns returns this time with 5 tracks composed on a Fender Rhodes. 5 crafted minimalist pieces that turn around a journey to the Noord zee / North sea in Belgium. From Bruges to the end of the holidays... A peaceful journey for a late summer afternoon!

As Jürgen defines his music: “Moeilijk” is a collection of 5 improvised pieces on solo electric piano and/or synths. I like to refer to them as “Nederlandstalige instrumentale muziek”.
This EP  contains some of the most personal and vulnerable music I have ever made. This is as “Sturm und Drang” and as sincere as I can get musically.
I hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as I enjoyed playing it."
Available also on a limited edition cassette release through his website here.

Tegen. Zonder tegenzin.
Normloos. Uit noodzaak.
Maar géén rebel noch verzetsstrijder, die doven alleen maar uit.
Mijn stroom strookt niet met de grote vaargeul, want vrijheid zoals alleen kinderen en dieren dat kennen, vind je daar niet.
De haren, met een ferm gebaar tegen de richting in gestreken.
En avant, sans foi, ni loi.
Naar Muriëlle Victorine Scherre

All tracks performed, recorded at home and arranged by Jürgen Augusteyns.
Mastered by Joe Talia.

Digital release on the 16th of August 2019.

Track listing:

1 – Brugse Poort voor dag en dauw
2 – Kamerreizen
3 – Moeilijk
4 – Oorlogsmoeheid (krater)
5 – Het einde van de zomervakantie

Friday, 9 August 2019

ODG110 : Ze Zorgs / Barlok

Cover art by A.L., pic by jj Zorg

ODG110 : Ze Zorgs / Barlok

Another live from Ze Zorgs (se also ODG044 and ODG099) is not simply another live as their performances are always a new journey through post punk, noise, syncopated saxes, kraut rhythms, epileptic guitars, going to the right when you expect them to go to the left! 2 long tracks that will either bring you to an apocalyptic orgasm at the end or make you want to smash your hifi wondering what did happen to you! Either way, enjoy!

Recorded at Bartok on the 27th of April 2019
JJ Zorg Duerinckx: sax baryton
PJ Zorg Vranken: electric guitar
Anatole Zorg Damien: bass
Gaspard Zorg Sickx: drums

Digital release on the 9th of August 2019.

Track listing:

1: Barlok 1 ( 25:25 minutes)
2: Barlok 2 ( 19:40 minutes)

Friday, 2 August 2019

OAS010 : GUIGUISUISUI / Charon (The remixes)

Cover art by Nan Guazi

OAS010 : GUIGUISUISUI / Charon (The remixes)

Second release from this duo based in Beijing (see OAS001).

Charon blends minimal wave synths, trip hop beats, and shoe gaze guitars with samples of traditional Chinese instruments such as the pipa and guzheng, and whispered poetry juxtaposed against Chinese opera vocalisations, all mixing together to create an art rock crossover between East and West, the traditional and the contemporary. Each of the tracks can stand alone or fit together to tell a story with lyrics that reflect upon Chinese mythology relating to the red spider lily, which are described in translations of ancient texts as flowers that grow in hell and guide the souls of the dead along the path to reincarnation. Meanwhile the title of the EP borrows the moniker of the ferryman of hades, who serves a similar purpose in Greek mythology in helping lost souls journey through the afterlife. 

The EP itself came about after Guiguisuisui had been touring their Shining Soundscape show for three months in Europe and China. As a consequence the band chose to create a record that fit this performance: flowing and layered, rooted in traditions but progressive at the same time, and something that could be presented as a story along with live artwork and performance. Created in a matter of weeks, the band chose to self record and produce the EP in an effort to not overthink the pieces, but rather to preserve the raw inspiration and improvisations, evident in not only the music but the visual accompaniment also. 

The remixes of the EP came about as a result of the subsequent Charon tour through China and SE Asia in January/February 2019 in support of the EP. The artists featured are individuals Guiguisuisui met, played with, and collaborated with on their adventures. 

They include:
Lastboss (Zhuhai, China)
Tyz (Beijing, China)
Rudi Botes (Beijing, China)
thruoutin (Beijing, China)
ZAch (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
No Shore (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Ethereal Void (Bangkok, Thailand)
Ninjablade (Tianjin, China)

Vocals by Nan Guazi. 
Guitars, bass, vocals, synths, samples, and programming by Guigui. 
Pipa and guzheng by Gao Haiyan. 

All songs written by Guiguisuisui.
Recorded at Daftpop Studios and Xiao Music Club, Beijing, China. 
Mastered by Brad M.Seippel at Brevity of Motion Sourds, Beijing, China (2019).
Artwork by Nan Guazi.

Silent Fire video:

Digital release on the 2nd of August 2019.

Track listing:

1. The Last Bloom (Lastboss 90's Drummer Remix)
2. Glacier Heart (thruourin Remix)
3. A Thousand Years (Tyz Remix)
4. Glacier Heart (Rudi Botes Remix)
5. Nameless Place (Minimal Zach Remix)
6 .Heavy Eyes (No Shore Remix)
7. Nameless Place (Ninjablade)
8. Glacier Heart (Ethereal Void Remix)

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

OMT006 : Mame Balla / I Wanna Be

Cover art by A.L., image from the clip

OMT006 : Mame Balla / I Wanna Be

First single from the forthcoming album of this Senegal legend, 'I wanna be' sees Mame Balla going for a dance floor hit, singing in English, French and wolof! 

The video:

Digital release on the 31th of July 2019.

Friday, 26 July 2019

OJP037 : ITACHI MODE / Melancholy For 60 Seconds

Cover art by A.L. / pic by Itachi Mode

OJP037 : ITACHI MODE / Melancholy  For 60 Seconds

Hajime Maruyama a.k.a ITACHI MODE is a Japanese musician who started his career as a guitarist in various bands, jumping from rock to fusion to techno or noise. 

After disbanding his own band, he devoted himself in composing only, providing music for typical Idols and singers. 

From 2018, Hajime questioned the current state of the music industry and started pursuing music as an "expression" or "Art", which is not popularized or in vogue in Japan.
He has been influenced regardless of genre by a lot of music, people or graphics looking for a wide range of approaches.
Recently, he has started to try new things and music based on field recordings.

'Melancholia for 60 seconds' shows us his different approaches, trying to give us new emotions though using beats and sounds that reminds certain electronic artists but with a definitely Japanese spirit and even some humour which are his own. 
5 tracks to bring us to another level of thinking, meditating, dancing and being happy.


Digital release on the 26th of July 2019.

Track listing:

1: Melancholy For 60 Seconds
2: Insomnia
3: Gas Burner Won't Light
4: 174 Hz
5: it's Mono A're

Friday, 19 July 2019

ODG108 : Jürgen Augusteyns / Das ewige Ende (Diptych)

Cover artwork by Jürgen / Drawing Untitled#5, © Dorothea Dejonckheere

ODG108 : Jürgen Augusteyns / Das ewige Ende (Diptych)

Jürgen Augusteyns (Ghent, 1972) is a Belgian musician. 

"Inspired by guitarists such as Amy Brandon, David Torn, Loren Connors but also composers the likes of Hiroshi Yoshimura and Fennesz to name but a few, I am constantly searching to refine and redefine my musical voice. Whether improvising or composing, contingencies play a major role in my work.
Coming from a mainstream rock and pop background, I found it difficult to let go of what has shaped my approach to music and my instrument, the guitar. At a certain point, I became tired of my own playing, finding it compromised by the preoccupation of what music should be.
I believe the only thing music should really be is sincere, and a reflection of what the creator refers to as beauty.
While evolving from “playing” to “creating”, the instrument itself has become more of a tool for expressing myself. I no longer refer to myself as a “guitarist” but as a musician. Never before have I experienced such joy in playing and composing since I embarked on this journey. The ultimate goal of playing freely without being hindered by a stack of cue cards is not easily accomplished. Accidents happen, but that’s where the fun starts."

On composing “Das ewige Ende // Dyptich”:

"Both pieces began as improvisations using analog synthesizers fed through effect pedals and manipulated live. Only at a later stage did I apply structure and used these ingredients to actually compose, much like dropping a bucket of paint on a canvas and using the splatter as the debut of a painting.
Auch ich in Arkadien // edit (Pt 1) and Auch ich in Arkadien // redux (Pt 2) were originally recorded as one piece. After a while, I felt there were two very distinct parts, which led me to create two separate tracks.
I added additional layers where needed but the improvised parts remain unaltered timewise. Apart from a few minor details no cuts/copies/pastes were performed.
Joachim Badenhorst co-composed and played bass clarinet on Auch ich in Arkadien // redux (Pt 2).
His tone, style and sensitivity suit the piece perfectly. I learned a lot just by listening to him. His phrasing, control and dynamics are world class and it was a privilege to work with him. This is also an improvised single-take recording.
At the time of composing these tracks, I often listened to one of my favorite albums So red the rose by Arcadia. Apart from the music being hugely inspirational, the band’s name eventually pointed me to the paintings of Poussin and Guercino, in which “Et in Arcadia ego”
features as an inscription on a tombstone, and consequently to Goethe’s Italienische Reise, in which “Auch ich in Arkadien” is his motto.
Goethe’s Auch ich in Arkadien roughly translates as “Even I managed to get into paradise”, implying that we could all get there if we chose.
If death is universal, the possibility of paradise might be universal too."

Auch ich in Arkadien // edit (Pt 1) composed, recorded, mixed at home by Jürgen Augusteyns.
Guitars, synthesizers and programming by Jürgen Augusteyns

Auch ich in Arkadien // redux (Pt 2) composed, recorded and mixed at home by Jürgen Augusteyns and Joachim Badenhorst.
Guitars, synthesizers and programming by Jürgen Augusteyns
Bass clarinet by Joachim Badenhorst
Theremin by Yonat Hafftka
Mastered by Uwe Teichert at Elektropolis

Drawing Untitled#5, © Dorothea Dejonckheere: 2016 - Charcoal on cotton 29 x 28cm
Courtesy of Dorothea Dejonckheere/Loodwit 2018


Digital release on the 19 of July 2019.

Track listing:

1:Auch ich in Arkadien, Pt. 1
2: Auch ich in Arkadien, Pt. 2

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