Monday 31 December 2018

Happy New-Year!

Thank you again to all the musicians for some fantastic times in 2018 and to all of you who took time to discover so much new and exciting music!

See HERE all the 2018 releases if you missed some!

And 2019 will be even more busier with lots of new stuff in every series!
Start watching the site from the 4th of January!

Meanwhile, a happy New-Year to all of you!

Friday 28 December 2018

ODX013 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere 1-4

Cover art pics by Pierre Vervloesem

ODX013 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere 1-4 

For all of you who missed each part as a whole piece (see OVD022/023/024/025), here it is for you as a  4 times 60 minutes digital box!
240 minutes of pure ambient, dub, avant-garde, future disco, Moroccan beats and more!

Perfect soundtrack for your winter nights! To use at home when Cooking, cleaning, relaxing, dreaming, dancing and making LOVE!

Digital release on the 28th of December 2018.

Track listing:

1: The Art of Going Nowhere 1 - Extended
2: The Art of Going Nowhere 2 - Extended
3: The Art of Going Nowhere 3 - Extended
4: The Art of Going Nowhere 4 - Extended

Monday 24 December 2018

"Ata ndele mokili ekobaluka / Sooner or later the world will change" !

"Ata ndele mokili ekobaluka / Sooner or later the world will change" ! 

RDC elections are coming next week...or is it really? A perfect time to release a video from 'Ata Ndele' a song by Adou Elenga revisited by Didan et Petit Pierre.

Musical direction : Toms Ntale. Video direction : Marco Zagaglia.
Thanks to Ken Ndiaye (Horloge du Sud). Production : DJeromebosch.
The song is taken out of the OMT003 here.

"Ata Ndele": Didan Dibwidi (tenor saxophone), Pierre Monongi Mopia (rhythm guitar), Malage De Lugendo (vocals), Muki Muindila (trumpet), Alonzo Nzau (percussion) and Toms Ntale (guitars and musical direction). Established in Belgium, the group is composed of renowned artists who played in several legendary Congolese orchestras (Franco & TP OK Jazz, Vevé de Verckys, Zaiko Langa Langa, Dizzy Mandjeku, etc.)

"Ata ndele mokili ekobaluka / Sooner or later the world will change".
Composed and performed in Lingala by Adou Elenga in 1954, the song "Ata Ndele" marked the history of Congolese rumba and African independence.
This prophetic message addressed at the time to the Belgian colonial power has since gained international relevance in the fight constantly renewed against the law of the strongest.
Like Woody Guthrie or Bob Marley, Adou Elenga has written a timeless hymn that calls for the right of all.
This desire for profound change is still there and it is spreading all over our planet.
"Adou, take your guitar that we can sing: Ata Ndele!"

"Ata ndele mokili ekobaluka / Tôt ou tard le monde va changer". 
Composée et interprétée en lingala par Adou Elenga en 1954, la chanson "Ata Ndele" a marqué l'histoire de la rumba congolaise et des indépendances africaines. 
Ce message prophétique adressé à l'époque au pouvoir colonial belge a gagné depuis une pertinence internationale dans le combat sans cesse renouvelé contre la loi du plus fort.
A l'instar de Woody Guthrie ou Bob Marley, Adou Elenga a écrit un hymne intemporel qui appelle au droit pour tous.
Ce désir de profond changement est toujours là et il se répand sur toute notre planète.
" Adou, prends ta guitare que nous puissions chanter : Ata Ndele! "

Friday 21 December 2018

OAR005 : Orient & Mécanique / Orient & Mécanique

Cover art by Stephan Barbery

OAR005 : Orient & Mécanique / Orient & Mécanique 

Originally formed as a duo with Benjamin Lew (see OAR002), this cassette sees only Robert Leff playing almost everything, except for the basses on 2 tracks played by his friends and co members of Digital Dance and Instead Of (see OAR001): Tvic on Taipei and Sakhaline and Stephan Barbery on Hanoï. 

Robert Leff was coming back from a long trip in Asia and was already very much in love with far east Asia, Japan and Korea. 
This inspired him to do a cassette entirely dedicated to those countries. 
The cassette was recorded at home using a 4 tracks recorder, mixed by Robert and Stephan and released on the Stephan cassette label Camera Obscura as K007 in 1984. 50 cassettes were dubbed and packed in a very special and complex cardboard box handmade by Stephan. 


 Inside bottom

 Inside top

 Complete top packaging

It has been remastered by Pierre Vervloesem and his presented as the original 2 sides: face A and Face B.

Digital release on the 21st of December 2018.

Track listing:

A side: Tokyo - Seoul - Taïpei - Sakhaline - Karatchi
B side: Hanoï - Kaboul

Bandcamp only release:

Friday 14 December 2018

OVD022 - 023 - 024 - 025 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - Extended

Cover art all pics by Pierre Vervloesem

OVD022 - 023 - 024 - 025 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - Extended

As the first versions of 'The Art of going Nowhere' were only 40 minutes long pieces (see OVD019OVD020 and OVD021), Pierre decided to remix them and add another 20 minutes. 
Much better to have one hour exactly to find your way to Nowhere, therefore 'Extended', for your pleasure...or not! 

A Bandcamp only release! 

Thursday 13 December 2018

OCD038 Radian Imprints album #8 in best Jazz albums in The New-York Times and #11 in the best Jazz albums 2018 in Rolling Stones Magazine!

Best jazz albums of 2018:

8. James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor, ‘Radiant Imprints’ 
On this duo album, James Brandon Lewis honors John Coltrane by isolating parts of his compositions, diving into the source material with strident, ennobled conviction. Whether charging on the drum set or playing the hypnotic mbira, Chad Taylor knows where to find Mr. Lewis at his best.
Editors’ Picks

James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor, ‘Radiant Imprints’
For this duo session with percussionist Chad Taylor, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis drew overt inspiration from John Coltrane, alluding to classic compositions such as “Impressions” and adopting the tenor-drums format heard on 1967’s legendary Interstellar Space. But the similarities end there. This pair often zeroes in on a kind of mighty, hurtling swing, closer to uptempo bebop than turbulent free jazz. And on pieces like “First Born,” Taylor switches from trap set to mbira, offering a crystalline complement to the saxist’s peaceful melodic revery. In and out of jazz, Coltrane tributes are legion; this was the rare one that put forward a highly developed, refreshingly personal perspective in place of run-of-the-mill reverence.

Full review Here!

And you can still discover the album HERE!

Friday 7 December 2018

OJP032 : Wananabani-en / Sugai!

Cover art by Tadashi Kumada

OJP032 : Wananabani-en / Sugai!

Second release from this avant-garde Japanese band (see also OJP003). 

Based in Tokyo, it's mainly up to their drummer Tadashi and hand-made ribbon Yuichi to compose the songs. A lot of rhythm and two basses makes the base while Yuchi add his typical playing. The result is ...well Japanese sounding, with various touches of after rock, post-rock, prog-rock, fun-rock, funk-rock and banana-rock! Just Go for it, it's SUGAI!!!

Yuichi, Tadashi, ALI and Yukiya

Back cover of their Japanese cd:

And a few secondes of each track:

Digital release on the 7th of December 2018.

Track listing:

1: Matching
2: Kara-Age
3: Red Banana
4: Giant & Dwarf
5: Such a Niche
6: Asuka
7: Rice Ball Vendor

And on Bandcamp:

Friday 30 November 2018

OAR004 : Bob Seytor / Bob Seytor

Cover art by Stephan Barbery

OAR004 : Bob Seytor / Bob Seytor 

Originally released as a cassette on the Camera Obscura label (K008) in 1983. 

Bob Sector was the original drummer of the first Brussels punk band called 'Chainsaw' in late 1976. He then founded and was the frontman and singer of 'Streets' (both bands released a single on Romantic Records in 1978) and can be heard on the compilation 'Everything is Shit: Punk in Brussels 1977-1979' (Sub Rosa). 

He founded Contingent in the early 80ties which whom he toured a lot (releasing one album at the time) and still do extensively, recording a single in 2014 and an album in 2015. 
The cassette was self recorded, self played and mixed at home and shows the talent of Bob to write immediate, incisive, sometimes political or emotional texts in French. 
There is also a lot of humor in his words. So is his music, like a machine gun guitar and a rhythm box going to full speed to help to deliver his messages! 

Bob Seytor

Remastered by Pierre Vervloesem.

Digital release on the 30th of November 2018.

Track listing:

1: Facettes
2: Vipères
3: Démence
4: L'Homme
5: Ma Ville
6: Lache pas la maille
7: Pas un murmure
8: Laurent Lironic
9: Errance Zombi
10: Coups de fouet
11: Cadence Macabre
12: Ambiance Cataclysme
13: Tout seul ce soir
14: Titans Diurnes
15: Adieu Junkie
16: Le son des Rebelles

Bandcamp only release:

Friday 23 November 2018

OCD042 : The Wrong Object / Zappa Jawaka

Cover art & pic by Nadia Romdhane

OCD042 : The Wrong Object / Zappa Jawaka

 "Belgian group The Wrong Object are adept at mixing Canterbury styled prog rock with Zappa-esque jazz fusion and Frippertronics to produce a beat that has elements of the past and the future thundering through it. Stories from the Shed cleverly fuses all of these various musical elements together, expertly twisting various world music styles into the mix to produce a varied and unpredictable set of original material."
                                                                                               —Edwin Pouncey,  Jazzwise

Blending the cosmic energies of Nu-jazz with modern rock sensibilities and live electronic devices, the music of the Wrong Object is influenced by a vast array of artists ranging from Canterbury Scene prog rock à la Soft Machine and Gong to Squarepusher, Béla Bartok, Amon Tobin, Aka Moon, Sun Ra, Charlie Mingus and Frank Zappa.

With their aesthetics still rooted in an array of storied inspirational models, Belgian prog jazz heavyweights The Wrong Object (website) ventures further into hybrid musical territories - pushing the boundaries of progressive jazz, rock and contemporary music.

After more than fifteen years of an existence marked by extensive touring, recording and numerous collaborations with international jazz and rock luminaries (Elton Dean, Harry Beckett , Annie Whitehead, Alex Maguire, Robin Verheyen, Ed Mann, …) and a recent collaboration with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Vlaams Radio Koor ( 200 Motels – The Suites), Zappa Jawaka marks the band’s first tribute release to the Grand Zazou, one which contains idiosyncratic, fiery version of such favorites as “I’m the Slime” alongside lesser-known and rarely performed works.
This album is sure to please hardcore FZ geeks as well as the uninitiated with a fresh ear for alternative popular entertainment.

Marti MELIA: tenor sax, clarinet, backing vocals
François LOURTIE: tenor & soprano saxes, vocals
Michel DELVILLE: guitar, Roland GR09, vocals
Antoine GUENET: keyboards, vocals
Pierre MOTTET: bass
Laurent DELCHAMBRE: drums, percussions, objects, samples

All tracks recorded by Maxime Wathieu @ Studio 5, Liège. 
Mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem @ Studio Fiasco.

Physical and digital release on the 23rd of November 2018.

Track listing:

1. Wonderful Wino 4:16
2. Mr Green Genes/King Kong 7:57
3. Big Swifty 4:38
4. This Town is a Sealed Tuna Sandwich/The Sealed Tuna Bolero 5:11
5. Apostrophe/Chunga’s Revenge 6:24
6. Sleep Dirt 4:29
7. Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy 5:49
8. I’m the Slime 4:47

And in Bandcamp:


Wednesday 21 November 2018

ODG099 : Ze Zorgs / ZZCC141118

Cover art by A.L.

ODG099 : Ze Zorgs / ZZCC141118

Recorded live at Café Central - Brussels on the 14 of November 2018, ZZCC141118 shows again the chaotic, nervousness, almost punk and no wave approach of Ze Zorgs (see also ODG044) when playing live! From chaos to almost metronomic krautrock to chaos again... A non stop hurling and speedy distorted guitar leads the dance with a baritone sax adding some musicality and phrasé lines while the drummer goes with typical rhythmic kraut and the bass follows everyone with frenzy! 
14 minutes of Zorgism!

From three players, Ze Zorgs are now a four pieces band:
JJ Zorg Duerinckx: sax baryton
PJ Zorg Vranken: electric guitar
Anatole Zorg Damien: bass
Gaspard Zorg Sickx: drums

Digital Bandcamp only release on the 21st of November 2018.

Track listing:

1: ZZCC141118

In Bandcamp:

Friday 16 November 2018

OAR003 : Michel D / Psychoative Itch

Cover art by Stephan Barbery from a Michel selfie

OAR003 : Michel D / Psychoative Itch

Michel Duyck (aka Michel D) was a Brussels based guitarist actif in many bands and experimental oufits. 
Started in the 70ties and played among others in X-Pulsion, Digital Dance, Gamial Trio and formed The Joint Between with Gabriel Séverin in the late 90ties which became Babils later. 

Psychoactive Itch was recorded on a 2 tracks tape machine, using at times cigarette paper to obstruct parts of the machine in order to make dubbing possible! Some crazy and lengthy work from a fabulously crazy musician. It shows his non stop creativeness with only a guitar, a rhythm box and a few effects. 

Originally released as a C30 cassette tape number K005 in 1983 on the Stephan Barbery 's label Camera Obscura (see all discography here).

The fabulous Michel D

Remastered for your pleasure by Pierre Vervloesem.

Digital release on the 16th of November 2018.

Track listing:

1: P1
2: P2
3: P3
4: P4
5: P5
6: P6
7: P7
8: P8
9: P9
10: P10
11: P11
12: P12
13: P13
14: P14
15: P15
16: P16
17: P17

Bandcamp only release:

Friday 9 November 2018

ODG091 : Solomon Kimrey / Things That Grow

Cover art by Solomon Kimrey

ODG091 : Solomon Kimrey / Things That Grow

Solomon Kimrey is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. 
After playing in bands around the city for a number of years as a bassist, he began to record and self-release various EPs and singles. 
The first of these releases centered on bass focused compositions, found sounds, and synthesis. Each work following brings together these elements and various other structures and approaches. 
The latest and coming entries have been focused on doing so via electronic composition, with the intent of generating personally effective music which encourages listeners to occupy distinct head-spaces, be they more downbeat and atmospheric, or upbeat and present.

German review in Jazz'halo here

Solomon, pic by Zachary Lee

Digital release on the 9th of November 2018.

Track listing:

1: Things We Say
2: Diving
3: Trees
4: This, That, and the Other
5: Heavy Thoughts
6: Curiosity

And in Bandcamp:

Friday 2 November 2018

OJP031/OUC015 : Atsuko Hatano / Endless Birthday - Yellow Boys

Cover art by Atsuko Hatano

OJP031/OUC015 : Atsuko Hatano / Endless Birthday - Yellow Boys

Astuko Hatano (website) is a strings musician, arranger, composer, producer, and improvisational session player based in Tokyo, Japan. She has played the violin for 37 years and is well versed in the viola, cello, keyboards, oscillator, and analog synthesizer.
She also plays in her strings project TRIOLA. Recently, Atsuko plays the five-string viola with electronica in her new solo project.

Atsuko has released three solo albums 'Water for 13', 'Maria' and 'Cells #2'.
She also has released an album as the founding member of TRIOLA, as well as, an animation DVD with artist Nakaban.

The cinematic quality of her sound has lead her to make music for Film and Television.
In 2009, Atsuko founded ORDER MADE MUSIC, a custom made music service.

Atsuko Hatano

This album is made of two long contemporary pieces mixing piano, strings and electronics and shows the talent and creativity of Atsuko as she composes, plays, records and mixes all by herself.

Digital release on the 2nd of November 2018.

Track listing:

1: Endless Birthday
2: Yellow Boys

And on Bandcamp: