Friday, October 7, 2016

OJP015 : Kazunori Okuno / Lotus

OJP015 : Kazunori Okuno / Lotus

Kazunori Okuno is one of the most prolific electroacoustician in Japan. 
Born in 1980, he learned classical music and electro-acoustic music in the Osaka College of Music, the Osaka University of Arts and the Osaka University of Arts graduate school. He made the opening performance music of Paris Photo2008 and the music of Art Hong Kong 2010, both for the opening ceremony.
In 2000, he also participated in the Darmstadt summer course.

He has composed a lot of different music for videos art.

Okuno san at work

Digital release on the 7th of October 2016.

Track listing:
1) Lotus - 1 track of 50minutes!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OCD033 : Baby Fire / Gold

Cover art by Alice Smith

OCD033 : Baby Fire / Gold

Diabolita (songwriter, guitar, loops, vocals & theremin) started Baby Fire as a solo project. 
After having played as a duo with Cha or Alinovsky (both on drums) for a few years, she met  
in the summer of 2015, Isabel Rocher (drums & backing vocals) & Gaby Séguin (bass, loops & backing vocals) who since then form the new rhythm section and are responsible for many song arrangements on the new record.
Gold, Baby Fire’s third album (see OCD018 The Red Robe, second album), was produced, mixed and mastered by Pierre Vervloesem (dEUS, Madensuyu, Flat Earth Society, etc.) who also added guitars and mellotron on some titles, and recorded at Studio Six in Brussels by Gaethan Dehoux.
Baby Fire's influences are eclectic. Diabolita - who is also a member of von Stroheim - is a fan of the Riotgrrrl movement and of bands such as Swans, Chelsea Wolfe, The God Machine and 16 Horsepower.
Isabel and Gaby are fans of alternative rock as well as jazz.
The CD sleeve was designed by British artist Alice Smith.
Diabolita (aka Dominique Van Cappellen-Waldock) has collaborated on a full album with Eugene Robinson under the name Las Vegas (see OCD024). She also worked with Doug Scharin (Codeine, June of 44...) and Joe Goldring (Swans, Enablers...). She is currently working on a new project called HVEDA with ALWNTR from belgian sludge band OMSQ.

Isabelle, Diabolita & Gabi

and a video of 'Burning Body':

Digital and physical release on the 30th of September 2016.

Track listing:
12.Burning Body, Burning Bed
13.Let It Die
15.Tiger Heart
18.You, Forever
20.How Do I Love Thee?
21.The Salamander
22. Depletion of Melancholy


OCD034: Kurtisz / Wired

Cover art by Dimitri Rondeau

OCD034 : Kurtisz / Wired

After releasing three singles (see Blue BoltsConsequences and Keys), and with the aide of super producer Pierre Vervloesem, Kurtisz finished the recording and mixing of their debut album 'Wired'.

Brussels based band KURTISZ came to light when Belgian musician/producer Laurent Stelleman and Detroit native singer/songwriter Markest Tate joined forces to bring about a divine, melodic blend of genre bending music. 

Conjuring up the retro sounds from The Eurythmics to Moloko to The Cure to Massive Attack, Kurtisz could easily form alliances with the likes of Moderat, Disclosure, Christine and the Queens and James Blake. 

Markest was born in Detroit (USA) where he studied Communications, Theatre and Dance at university. He was raised by a single mom after his stepfather, Tamla Motown recording artist Timmy Shaw who scored a minor hit that made its way into admirer John Lennon's personal jukebox, left the picture. His mother always filled their home with music by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, George Clinton & the Funkadelics and Chaka Khan. Upon graduation he left for Brussels with $200 in his pocket to pursue a career in dance. He found work in Alain Platel's company Les Ballets C de la B and danced in several shows with Pascale Platel. After several years as a dancer, Markest decided to switch to a music career. As cofounder and lead singer of Brussels group Speaking T and two albums under their belt, the band went on to successfully perform at Dour, the Gentse Feesten, Marktrock, Les Nuits Botaniques, Franco Follies in Spa, Verdur Rock and the Ancienne Belgique just to name a few. Markest has also written songs for several European artists. Speaking T eventually disbanded and that is when Markest hooked up with Laurent. 

Laurent was born in Cologne, Germany to a Flemish father who was serving in the military at the time and a Walloon mother. His father played guitar and bass in cover bands for parties. Laurent caught the music bug at a very early when he joined the Académie de Musique in Dinant, Belgium at the age of 6 and at age 7 he started learning classical guitar. When he was 15 he started his first rock bands. He later entered the Jazz Music Conservatory in Brussels and graduated 5 years later. His early dreams as a producer began when he taught himself to master a four track recorder. He's also no stranger to the big stage performing with Monsoon, Lunascape, Mud Flow, Goudi, Flesh & Fell, Marie Warnant at Pukkelpop Marktrock, Les Ardentes, Botanique, Ancienne Belgique amongst others. His musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Radiohead..the list goes on. He's been enlisted to record on more than 20 albums in the last 10 years. He has produced EPs for various artists and his first jazz album The Dude which was released last year. 

 Markest and Laurent
Gilles Masson on keys and backing vocals for lives
Didier Vu on drums for lives

The 'Blue Bolts' video:

and some fun:

Digital release on the 30th of September 2016.
Physical release on the 15th of October 2016.
Track listing:

1: Consequences
2: Riddle Me This 
3: Keys              
4: This Sound      
5: Backbone         
6: Blue Bolts        
7: Wake Me Up   
8: Too Far           
9: Time To Walk Away
10: Forefathers      
11: Superhighway  


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ORT017 : Maris / On Gods and Other Things

Cover art by Arsi Keva

ORT017 : Maris / On Gods and Other Things

On Gods and other Things is the debut album by Maris. It’s the solo project of Belgian singer Mariske Broeckmeyer currently based in Brussels and New-York.
She spent  half a year in Iceland where this album was created.

« My head tends to forrest itself with questions.
Wonder derived from observations on this world.
Intrigued by our timeless need for Gods and Things.
Creating tiny universes
In which their relationship shifts constantly.
A whisper-shout of little question songs,
guided by a rille, that´s only there by accident.
Or is it not? »

Music and words: Mariske Broeckmeyer, autumn and winter of 2015
Recorded at Listaháskóli, Íslands , Reykjavik, Mariske Broeckmeyer
Mixing at Greenhouse Studio, Reykjavik, Paul Evans
Mastering at Elektropolis, Wemmel, Uwe Teichert
Artwork at TTVO, Tampere, Arsi Keva
CD on sale at Rat records.


How's Things video:

Digital release on the 23rd of September 2016.

Track listing:

1 How´s Things
2 Absurd Abruptness
3 The Alignment of Things
4 Soon enough
5 Perception Perception

6 Oddly Satisfying

Baby Fire new album 'Gold' teaser

Soon released at the end of the month, the new album from Baby Fire ' Gold'!

Friday, September 16, 2016

OCD032 : K-Mundi / The little disaster inside us

Cover art by økapi

OCD032 : K-Mundi / The little disaster inside us

Rome- based K-Mundi make (mostly) improvised music with a post-postmodernist approach, using acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic instruments.

K-Mundi is : Økapi (Filippo Paolini): turntables, samples.
Adriano Lanzi: electric guitar, electronics.
Marco Ariano : drums, percussion, electronics.

Økapi (Filippo Paolini) is among the most relevant turntablists and sampling artists since the early '90s. He performed or recorded with Metaxu, Dogon, Zu, Christian Marclay, and others. He produced several albums, in a wide variety of styles and exploring different ways of treating the audio material, ranging from orchestral and lounge music to the most bizarre experimental stuff.
Adriano Lanzi, guitarist and electronic performer, has released albums and tracks on Klangbad, Off (see OCD006-El Topo and ODG014 - Adriano Lanzi/ : Youare never alone with the Lemurian Broadcasting Companyand other european labels, with projects and bands ranging from rockjazz to world music. Among his studio and live collaborations: Geoff Leigh, Amy Denio, the griot and kora virtuoso Siriman Kanoutè and others.
Marco Ariano is a percussionist, sound researcher, and "composer of improvised music",  walking down a path along the border of music and philosophy. He writes pieces that imply poetry and staging elements as well as sounds. Among his many collaborations: Alvin Curran, Elio Martusciello, Vincent Courtois, Don Moye.

The album "the little disaster inside us" was prepared in the space of one year; each member of the trio had the opportunity to select different moments of the recorded material - mainly collective improvisations, or spontaneous jams following a loose compositional structure - to work on, sometimes just mixing the music and presenting as it was performed, other times post-producing it, and radically reinventing it. With all the possible shades and degrees of intervention within the two extremes. 
Therefore the music remains strangely "collective", the product of a band, but as varied and diversified as possible, from the purely abstract sonic textures to the some aggressive beats, from the asperities to the placid consonance.
The trio first appeared together in a concert produced by the Circuiterie Collective at the Nuovo Cinema Palazzo in Rome, with Geoff Leigh (of Henry Cow fame) as a special guest on sax and flute.
The concert was aired in the program Battiti, on Rai RadioTre (third channel of italian national radio) and is available as the second cd in the digital release only.

 Adriano Lanzi
Marco Ariano

Digital and physical release on the 17th of September 2016

Track listing:

1) La Sacra Sindrome
2) The home-made time machine
3) 7 PM - In the wrong direction
4) A study in density
5) The shrinking man
6) Gone with the wind
7) Alternative
8) Sub-genius
9) Prima le signore
10) Dozy time
11) Lotus
12) Oaoa ki te hei heihei

and for the digital version:
13) 28 marzo (feat. Geoff Leigh) / Live in Roma


ODG056 : Kurtisz / Keys

Cover art by Dimitri Rondeau

ODG056 : Kurtisz / Keys

The third and last single from the forthcoming album 'Wired'. 
As always, produced by super Pierre Vervloesem, as always incendiary danceable and powerful!

Digital release on the 16th of September 2016.