Originally a musician, a composer and a producer, Marc Hollander released two inaugural albums with his Aksak Maboul project, respectively in 1977 and 1980. Fusing and deconstructing many genres (minimal music, pre-techno electronics, so-called Canterbury pop, improv/experimental, jazz, 20th century classical, African & Balkan music etc), these LPs have consistently remain cult records, worldwide and throughout the following decades. They were recently reissued on vinyl, to critical acclaim. Marc was also a member of Brussels band The ...


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.

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16 Visions of Ex-Futur - Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul [cram271] 20 Ways To Float Through Walls - Crammed Compilations [CRAM129] A Propos d'un paysage - Benjamin Lew [MTM16] Alternative Takes on Congotronics - Tradi-Mods vs Rockers [cram169] Alternative Takes on Congotronics - Tradi-Mods vs Rockers [cram169] Birds Of Passage - Bel Canto [CRAM065] Cabin In The Sky - Tuxedomoon [CBOY1515] Chez les Aborigenes - Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul [cram246] Crammed Global Soundclash Boxed Set - Crammed Global Soundclash [CRAM100] Crammed Goes To The Movies - Mr. Crammed Series [cram159] Crammed Walks With The Animals - Mr. Crammed Series [cram160] Deadly Weapons - Minimal Compact [CRAM106] Douzieme Journee: le Verbe, la Parure, l'Amour - Benjamin Lew [MTM15] Ex-Futur Album - Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul [cram014] Figures - Aksak Maboul [cram300] Freezone 1 - The Phenomenology Of Ambient - Freezone [SSR129] Freezone 2 - Variations On A Chill - Freezone [SSR147] Freezone 3 - Horizontal Dancing - Freezone [SSR167] Give Me New Noise : Half-Mute Reflected - Various Artists [cboy11] It's Not What You Think It Is!!?! - Tek 9 [SSR161] Les Tueurs de la Lune de Miel - The Honeymoon Killers [CRAM103] Made To Measure Vol.1 - Various Artists [MTM01] Mr Manager - Zazou Bikaye [cram039] Nebka - Benjamin Lew [MTM17] Noir et Blanc - Zazou Bikaye [CRAM105] One + One By One - Minimal Compact [CRAM1521] Onze danses pour combattre la migraine - Aksak Maboul [CRAM101] Sampler et Sans Reproche (The 1st SSR Compilation) - SSR [SSR098] Secret Love - Karl Biscuit [CRAM107] The Shine Of Dried Electric Leaves - Cibelle [CRAM123] Un peu de l'âme des bandits - Aksak Maboul [CRAM002] White Out Conditions - Bel Canto [CRAM112]