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: