From Congolese electronica to 1980s afro-dub, let Marc Hollander introduce you to the weird and wonderful musical world of his groundbreaking Crammed Discs label.
About this mix
True to the label's spirit, here is a tapestry of sounds, beats and styles created by artists hailing from the world over, all affiliated to Crammed Discs.
The mix contains cuts from future albums by: experimental French pop band Aquaserge; the inimitable Yasmine Hamdan, produced by Luke Smith & Leo Abrahams; eccentric American musician McCloud Zicmuse aka Le Ton Mité; the one and only Juana Molina; Egyptian hardcore/gabber/chaâbi maverick Rozzma; and a couple of excerpts from Congolese collective Kasai Allstars' soundtrack for upcoming feature film Félicité (including a remix by Africaine 808).
You'll also hear alternate versions of tracks off recent releases by mighty Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab; Congo's Konono N°1 joining forces with Angola's Batida; Berlin-based duet OY; demos by Barcelona-based Franco-American artist Maia Vidal; Belgian electronic pop craftsmen Amatorski; Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul, my own band recently revived after a long hiatus; an instrumental by South African-Dutch band SKIP&DIE; some lost, unreleased gems by Mexican-American band Allá; legendary US band Tuxedomoon remixed by Tortoise's John McEntire; and a dub mix from 1985 by afro/electro pioneers Zazou Bikaye.
The interludes were constructed from fragments kindly sent to me by Inne Eysermans (Amatorski), as well as a couple of excerpts from soundscapes by Tuxedomoon & from Bérangère Maximin's "Dangerous Orbits".
Sit back and enjoy the excursion.
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