Founded in 1977 by Marc Hollander with Vincent Kenis, this is the seminal Crammed band, which explored several directions later followed by the label ((set up by Hollander three years later). Each of Aksak's three albums to date is stylistically different, yet shares a common foundation with the two others. The band's story unfolded in five episodes so far:

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The project started in 1977, when producer Marc Moulin commissioned Hollander to write and record an album for his ephemeral label Kamikaze. MH was soon joined ...

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Aksak Maboul "Un peu de l'âme des bandits"


Deluxe vinyl reissue for the first-ever Crammed release

 
Originally released in January 1980, the second album from (Crammed founder) Marc Hollander's band has now been reissued in the shape of a package containing a vinyl LP remastered from original analogue tapes, a 25x25cm, 24-page booklet  (with liner notes, documents, recollections by all the musicians, a complete history of the band etc), and a bonus album entitled Before and After Bandits (CD+download).

The bonus album includes 10 previously-unreleased live and demo recordings, featuring no less than seventeen of the band's successive members and guests (including Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Vincent Kenis, Véronique Vincent, Geoff Leigh & more). Over the course of ten tracks and 78 minutes of music, this collection charts the sinuous evolution of the ever-morphing Aksak Maboul sound and reveals some of the missing links in the story, from the 1977 debut Onze danses pour combattre la migraine through the Bandits album, a little-documented avant-No Wave phase in 1980, the atypical, eclectic electropop of Ex-Futur Album, and until the band's current live incarnation, which started in 2015 after a hiatus of some 30 years. 

Get the reissue HERE

Initial press reactions:

As if Pere Ubu got together with Faust to cover Igor Stravinsky
(ByteFM, DE)


The Belgian experimental group Aksak Maboul were - and are - out there on their own… revelatory (The Quietus, UK)

Baroque deconstructivism… you don’t need to learn the nuance of its history to peel back the zeal of its musicians, who seemed all along to be saying, “Hey, serious music can be silly too.”
(Pitchfork, US)

Jazz meets avant-classical, while brittle electronics spray delirious nonsense into the air… (Bonus album) Before & After Bandits traces an alternative, every bit as compelling history of Aksak Maboul (Uncut, UK)

Cheeky, mad and playful music, as fresh today as it was then still ahead of its time... a lesson in modernity… a compulsory buy (Les Inrocks, FR)


According to US writer Mikey IQ Jones (who penned the liner notes):

Aksak Maboul are a brilliant, covert unit that managed to absorb the operations and thoughtforms of many seemingly oppositional aesthetics, fusing them into a sound that few really managed to extend or even emulate.

Each of Aksak Maboul's three LPs stands as a sibling to the others, each with very distinct personalities and physical characteristics, yet sharing a very foundational chemical and aesthetic makeup – listening to their entire oeuvre, one recognizes melodies or polyrhythmic patterns from a song on one album subtly integrated into the body of one elsewhere.

The roots of Aksak Maboul's appeal and longevity lie within the collective's shapeshifting lineup and their chameleonic aesthetic abilities; the group's ever-mutating sound is akin to a sonic möbius strip, always digesting and recontextualizing itself, where seams and edges show but continually fold in upon themselves as the madness evolves. The best part? That evolution hasn't yet ceased.



Live Dates

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Releases

AKSAK MABOUL - Ex-Futur Album
AKSAK MABOUL
Ex-Futur Album
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AKSAK MABOUL - Onze danses pour combattre la migraine (vinyl reissue)
AKSAK MABOUL
Onze danses pour combattre la migraine (vinyl reissue)
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AKSAK MABOUL - Un peu de l'âme des bandits
AKSAK MABOUL
Un peu de l'âme des bandits
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AKSAK MABOUL - Onze danses pour combattre la migraine
AKSAK MABOUL
Onze danses pour combattre la migraine
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