Juana Molina : accolades and tourHer new album "Halo" gets impressive kudos, while she gets ready for a tour in Europe and Argentina
Juana Molina's mesmerizing seventh LP is unanimously acclaimed by US & UK media, from Pitchfork ("her strongest") to Mixmag ("endlessly bewitching"), the Sunday Times ("An album veering on genius"), MOJO ("Finest yet from the idiosyncratic electronicist") and Libération ("Her most spellbinding album to date"). More press quotes below.
And so is her new video "Paraguaya", featuring her famous mother, actress Chunchuna Villafañe, appearing as a witch who teaches Juana how to prepare a love potion, which ends up not working...
17/05/2017 AR Buenos Aires - Niceto Club
20/05/2017 AR Rosario - Galpon de la Musica
24/05/2017 AR Buenos Aires - Niceto Club
27/05/2017 AR Cordoba - Club Paraguay
03/06/2017 AR La Plata - El Teatro Sala Opera
15/06/2017 ES Madrid - Picnic Session / Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo
16/06/2017 ES Barcelona - Sonar
17/06/2017 FR Paris - La maroquinerie
19/06/2017 GB London - Moth Club
20/06/2017 BE Antwerp - Roma
22/06/2017 DE Berlin - Franzz Club
24/06/2017 PL Bialystok - Halfway Festival
From the press on "Halo":
Argentinian experimentalist's eerie, excellent seventh. Haunting, bassy and electronic. Molina has managed to tap into a fertile, mysterious muse. (Uncut, UK)
She's spent the last two decades constructing her own magical world with experimentalist electronica as her base. It's endlessly bewitching. (Mixmag, UK)
Juana Molina doesn't just write songs, she creates environments (Stereogum, US)
A deep sense of spiritual ritual spreads across Halo, through spry dances animated by metallic percussion and zealous chants that echo like secret religious observances happening in deep woods. Each track brings its own weather. (NPR, US)
Her most spellbinding album to date, Halo sees Juana Molina revisit her inimitable electronized folk trance, after having dipped her guitar and vocal cords in a cauldron of magic potion. (Libération, FR)
MAÏA VIDAL releases a new video & single: Mama Told Me Soa how-to guide for getting out of toxic relationships and finally accepting that your mother really does know best
Catch up with Maïa on tour:
May 21 Calonge (SP)
June 2 Magdeburg, Volksbad (DE)
June 3 Wilwarin Festival (DE)
June 4 Offenbach, Hafen2 (DE)
July 7 Sitges (SP)
KASAI ALLSTARSat the core of Alain Gomis’ movie "Félicité"
Inspired by the music of Kasai Allstars and by their vocalist Muambuyi (whose voice is heard in the soundtrack), director Alain Gomis created the main protagonist of his film, a proud woman named Félicité who works as a singer with the band, and sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa in order to save her son. The movie just earned the Silver Bear Grand Jury Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Golden Stallion at the FESPACO (Panafrican Film Festival).
The band wrote and performed most of the soundtrack, and appears onscreen playing their own part. Muambuyi’s voice is omnipresent, and is being heard everytime Félicité (played by Congolese actress Vero Tshanda) sings in the bars of Kinshasa, backed by Kasai Allstars.
The Around Félicité album includes the film’s main pieces, performed by Kasai Allstars and by the Kinshasa Symphonic Orchestra (who specially arranged three works by composer Arvo Pärt), alongside new tracks by Kasai Allstars, as well as interludes consisting of fragments of dialogues and sound bites taken from the soundtrack.
The album comes with a companion piece: Félicité Remixes, a collection of 10 remixes of Kasai Allstars tracks by electronic music producers from Europe, North America and Africa, including reworks by Clap! Clap!, Daedelus and Africaine 808.
Around Félicité and Félicité Remixes - LP/CD/Digital
Out in France now - elswhere on April 28th
“Yambadi Mama”Les Inrocks premiere new music video by Konono N°1 meets Batida, just ahead of K1's new tour.
Directed once again by Catarina Limão, who’s also responsible for the Bom Dia and Nlele Kalusimbiko music videos, Yambadi Mama was premiered by Les Inrocks, who aptly described it as “rhythmic trance”.
31/03 VILLENEUVE-LA-GARENNE, VIRTUOZ CLUB (FR)
01/04 COPENHAGEN, GLOBAL COPENHAGEN (DK)
02/04 BERLIN, FESTSAAL KREUZBERG (DE)
05/04 VILLEFRANCHE, THEATRE DE VILLEFRANCHE (FR)
06/04 SAINT ETIENNE, LE FIL (FR)
07/04 BOURGOIN-JALLIEU, LES ABATTOIRS / FESTIVAL ELECTROCHOC (FR)
“The United States is a cult, but sometimes people break away”says McCloud Zicmuse. Listen to his new Le Ton Mité album...
...a treasure trove containing 50 gems, "a sprawling record that refracts the American experience through layers of re-interpretation.... with pieces of jazz, country, roots rock, exotica, R&B and tejano... (Tiny Mix Tapes).
"The Residents' Commercial Album remade at Muscle Shoals...[with] Moondog-influenced stompers" (MOJO)
An itinerant musician, poet, puppeteer, archer, showman and poet, and American exile in permanent residence in Brussels, McCloud Zicmuse conceived "Passé Composé Futur Conditionnel" during a trip on which he revisited the United States after an absence of 15 years.
Watch Gabriela Gonzalez' video for "Mystery Trail", a track recorded with Deerhoof's John Dieterich on guitar
Face To Face with AquasergeWatch the new music video by the brilliant experimental pop band
Aquaserge present the music video for "Virage sud", the first single off their new album "Laisse ça être" to be released on Feb. 3rd.
The video was directed by the band’s bassist Audrey Ginestet and in her own words, "There's something magical watching people listening to music. The face is the reflection of the soul."
Have a look for yourself…
New video by Lula Pena"Archivo Pittoresco" released on January 27th. Here is one of the songs, in a new video beautifully directed by Catarina Limão.
We're very happy to announce Lula Pena's new album Archivo Pittoresco will be released on January 27th.
Pes Mou Mia Lexi was written by illustrious Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis: "The title means Give me the Word. I adopted it a few years ago, when Greece was the first EU country to experience economic collapse, and so we were all Greek, in a lexical world.” Lula Pena.
Archivo Pittoresco wonderfully reflects Lula Pena’s inspired wandering: the album’s thirteen tracks often flow seamlessly into one another, as she sings (in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish, Greek, Italian) lyrics and poems by writers as diverse as Violeta Parra, herself or the Belgian surrealist Scutenaire, among others...
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MINIMAL COMPACT "One (Statik Dancin')" ON VINYL AGAIN!The vinyl reissue of Minimal Compact's debut mini-album (1981) comes out on Nov 18. It's been remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180 gr vinyl, and contains a download code.
Fronted by vocalist Samy Birnbach (aka DJ Morpheus, freestyle DJ extraordinaire and compiler of the Freezone series), Minimal Compact were one of the most inspirational bands of the '80s. They blended funky rock rhythms and incisive guitars with flavours from their native Middle East. The band were active from 1981 to 1988, and released 6 studio albums and a live album. They had a large and fanatic following all across Europe and the USA, where some of their tracks became underground club favourites.
The band's line-up consisted of Samy Birnbach (vocals), Rami Fortis (vocals, guitar), Max Franken (drums), Berry Sakharof (guitar, vocals, keyboards) and Malka Spigel (bass, vocals).
Aksak Maboul 'Revue' show in LondonFeat. Laetitia Sadier, Aquaserge & Jaakko Eino Kalevi, this Saturday!
The last show by the Aksak Maboul 'Revue' takes place this Sat. Nov 5. at Kings Place, London. 2h30 of music by Laetitia Sadier, Aquaserge, Jaakko Eino Kalevi & Aksak Maboul, performing each other's music, together & separately.
Plus DJ sets by Bullion, Capitol K and Hello Skinny.
Tickets & info here
To celebrate this, Jaakko Eino Kalevi has concocted a mixtape with music by all the artists involved. Click here to hear the mixtape