Konono track premiered on Rolling Stone, Wire cover story

Konono track premiered on Rolling Stone, Wire cover story

"Wumbanzanga", a first (12-minute) track off Konono N°1's new album Assume Crash Position, was premiered this week on

Meanwhile, to illustrate their excellent, 8-page cover story on Konono No.1 and Kasai Allstars, Wire magazine have posted an exclusive live video of Konono performing live at the Saint Nazaire festival in France. This is an excerpt of a 52 minute film on Konono shot and directed by French filmmaker Jacques Goldstein during that festival.

The video is here

Megafaun in Europe... The Sequel!

Megafaun in Europe... The Sequel!

Megafaun return to European shores in triumph this March!

If you didn't see them last time round (their debut EU tour was late last year), you missed a banjo-wielding, noise-embracing, good-times-bringing jamboree that often saw the band ending up in the middle of the crowd ... here's your chance to join the fun!  

To celebrate, they are releasing a new digital single of "Kaufman's Ballad" (as taken from the band's masterful Gather, Form & Fly" album), backed with "Wreck On The Highway", a cover of a dark song with a troubled story: credited for years to country music pioneer Roy Acuff (who recorded it in 1942), it was actually written by an obscure millworker and musician named Dorsey Dixon, who had to struggle for years to gain back his rights.

A charming little film on the making of Lonely Drifter Karen's new album

A charming little film on the making of Lonely Drifter Karen's new album

The "Fall of Spring" album is a work of beautiful light and shade, of seasonal drifts and colourful contrasts...
...with the band's already broad musical palette enriched by brass/woodwind arrangements, tremolo-soaked electric guitars, pedal steel, inventive percussive textures and a thrilling new-found taste for rocking out!

Guests on the album include Emily Jane White (who duets on the track Seeds), Dana Janssen from Akron/Family and Carey Lamprecht (violin player for Jolie Holland). It was recorded in Mallorca, Brussels and various spots around France, and mixed by Christine Verschorren.
To take a peek into Fall Of Spring:

Click here and watch a charming little film about the making of the album

Listen to "Dis-In-Motion", a track off the album.

Introducing... Cibelle as Sonja Khalecallon

Introducing... Cibelle as Sonja Khalecallon

The world has ended. All that's left is a jungle on a floating rock where a paradise nightclub band is playing at the last cabaret on earth: the Las Vênus Resort Palace Hotel.

Cibelle in: 'Lightworks' from Crammed Discs on Vimeo.

The London-based tropical punkster gives us a tasty morsel for her glorious technicolour new album, for which she adopts the role of Sonja Khalecallon, a singer at the last cabaret at the end of the world.

Check this video for 'Lightworks', Cibelle's addictive take on a 1960s cosmetics advert jingle composed by electronic pioneer Raymond Scott.

Cibelle's new album is entitled 'Las Vênus Resort Palace Hotel', more info here.

Get free downloads of 2 exclusive new tracks by Mocky and Gonzales!

Get free downloads of 2 exclusive new tracks by Mocky and Gonzales!

Over the holiday season, Gonzales and Mocky went into the studio and cooked up two new versions of "Guiding Light", that little gem from the  "Saskamodie" album.

They are:
"Guiding Light" - Mocky/Gonzales Duo Version
"Guiding Light " - Gonzales Solo Piano Version

Just go to the Mocky artist page, click on "Sounds & Visuals" and you'll find the tracks there, ready to download.

Alternatively, you can also choose to subscribe to the Crammed Shop newsletter, and not only get these two free downloads, but also to receive the shop's newsletter, and to access other free downloads we're offering from time to time.
Just go here and register. 
There's no obligation to buy anything, promised!...

In other Mocky news:

The MOCKUMENTARY PART II is finally here!

This time, beautiful psycho-musicologist Pheline Roggan (currently appearing in Fatih Akin's new movie "Soul Kitchen") is searching for explanations: how can Mocky be able to exist in so many musical universes -  from collaborating with GZA and Alejandro Jodorowsky to joining Riverdance? 
After the irresistible "Mockumentary I" (deserving of some sort of prize, if there's anything like a Grammy for best online EPK, according to Pitchfork), watch "Mockumentary II" HERE

MOCKY joins FEIST as musical director for 2 shows at the WINTER OLYMPICS!

 Get your skis and skates: we are going to the Winter Olympics! And don´t forget your drumsticks! Mocky and Feist are preparing a special show for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver! They'll be performing on Feb. 16 and 17, with special guests (from members of The Hidden Cameras to The Great Lake Swimmers and more!) plus a choir with percussion capes?!... and of course Mocky on drums...

New Decade, New Crammed Discs

New Decade, New Crammed Discs

So what new joys await from Crammed in this, the first year of the second decade of the century?

First up is the finest work yet from the three-headed, dancefloor-conquering powerhouse known as BALKAN BEAT BOX. Blue Eyed Black Boy, their second full album for Crammed, is out in early March, and tour dates will follow very soon...

Also ready to roll with exciting new material are LONELY DRIFTER KAREN, whose wondrous second album Fall Of Spring finds their pan-European songcraft moving to the next level. Tanja, Marc and Giorgio will be as active on the road as ever this year, keep an eye out for live announcements...

Next up, all hail the Springtime return of the mighty KONONO No.1, with their follow-up to the seminal first volume of the Congotronics series (speaking of which, there should be some more exciting news to report for "Congotronics" fans in the near future)...

And finally there's the long-awaited new CIBELLE record to look forward to – Las Vênus Resort Palace Hotel is a wildly exotic masterpiece, and should be with us in April.

Much more news on all these mouth-watering new releases very soon!

Staff Benda Bilili rocking Europe!

Staff Benda Bilili rocking Europe!

In what has become one of the most talked-about tours of 2009, Congolese rumba-funk warriors Staff Benda Bilili have been ripping through Europe with a string of scintillating live shows.
The continent's media has responded in a chorus of praise, with top TV networks, broadsheet newspapers and world-renowned radios lavishing the band with attention. Meanwhile, the end-of-year plaudits for 'Très Très Fort' have started coming in, with Mojo naming it 'World Music Album Of The Year', not to mention no. 30 in its overall albums chart. More to come!

Meanwhile, check out some of the amazing press reactions to Staff's tour below...

Press quotes 

"As tonight's show proves, Staff Benda Bilili would be a remarkable band regardless of their background. Not only do they sound incredible, they exude an inscrutable cool ... In the crowd, jaws drop, as well they should in the presence of such an extraordinary band"
-Guardian, 5 stars

"There is movement all over the stage: four pirouetting wheelchairs, and crutches used by mighty arms to swing on. Another of the band vaults from his wheelchair and spins on half-legs, ululating with a dazzling grin. All have turned apparent weakness to strength long ago... Like all the finest African bands, Staff Benda Bilili's swirling complexity removes the option to do anything but dance ... Havana cantina, Kinshasa slum, psychedelic club or London arts centre – this crack outfit would tear the roof off anywhere."
-Independent, 4 stars

"With their harmonies, bubbling rap and call-and-response chanting, they turn the Barbican into a joyous cauldron"

"...Their first London show packed the Barbican with an audience that, six months ago, had never heard of them ... seconds after they started playing, none of the back story mattered. They were, without qualification or allowance, the most exciting band to emerge from Africa in years ... Very, very strong. Very, very great. Very, very loud"
-Financial Times

"The album from Staff Benda Bilili has already generated a degree of excitement to rival the adulation lavished on Malian pop stars Amadou & Mariam"
-The Times

"In world music circles, this eight-piece from the Congo are the most talked about band of the year" 
-Daily Telegraph

"Exotic and extraordinary their history may be, but Staff Benda Bilili are not here for refined anthropological analysis, they're a thrilling live band ripe to tear up any festival or dancehall that their touring schedule throws at them"
-The Arts Desk

-Photo (c) Belle Kinoise

Huge Cibelle installation in the streets of Sao Paulo

Huge Cibelle installation in the streets of Sao Paulo

Cibelle has been asked by Melissa, the well-known Brazilian shoe designer, to collaborate on a special limited edition shoe called Sapato Azul ("Blue Shoe") , after Cibelle's song from her last album "Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel"
Cibelle has shot a wild video and prepared a huge installation for the Melissa art gallery in São Paulo, to be launched on October 19th in São Paulo!

Crammed Discs are delighted and honoured to release the new album by the one and only LULA PENA.

Crammed Discs are delighted and honoured to release the new album by the one and only LULA PENA.

With only 2 albums released since 1998, the reclusive Portuguese singer, composer, guitarist and poet has achieved a rare feat: gathering a stream of devoted followers worldwide, a kind of international secret society whose ranks grow with each of her too rare appearances.
Lula Pena follows her own rules, not only in her career but in her very music. Her voice is haunting and moving, her guitar style unique, her approach deeply emotional yet also conceptual. She has a quasi-shamanic way of becoming one with her instrument when performing these long, rambling pieces, during which wood, string, words, human body, breath and voice all merge into a single, supernatural, fabulous beast.

Lula Pena's music is a living organism. Her inspired lyrics effortlessly shift between several languages as she sails on a strange ocean, bordered by continents called folk blues, flamenco, French chanson, phado (that's how she likes to spell it), bossa nova and others, grazing them all and leaving none intact. 

Entitled 'Archivo Pittoresco', Lula Pena's new album will be released in May 2016



Crammed Discs are thrilled to announce the signing of mighty Parisian electronic music crew ACID ARAB...
Crammed Discs are thrilled to announce the signing of mighty Parisian electronic music crew ACID ARAB, whose intoxicating blend of sharp Western electronic music with Eastern sounds & vocals has been putting European festival and club audiences under a spell for the last couple of years.

After releasing several EPs on excellent electronic music label Versatile, ACID ARAB are now preparing their debut album, due for release on Crammed in October.
Meanwhile, the band will be performing at Sonar (ES), Melt (DE), Villette Sonique (FR), Nuits Botanique (BE) and more dates to be announced soon.


Caen @Le Cargo, dj set (fr)
Berlin@Urban Spree, dj set (de) CONF
17.03 Paris @Gibus, dj set (fr) CONF
24.04 Jérusalem@David Tower, dj set (il) CONF
25.03 Bern@Dachstock, live (ch) CONF
26.03 Villars@Lillars Music fest, dj set (ch) CONF
09.04 La défense@Chorus, live (fr) CONF
28.04 Rezé@Soufflerie, dj set (fr) CONF
19.05 Rome@Spring Attitude festival, live (it) CONF
22.05 Bruxelles @Nuits Botanique, live (be) CONF
28.05 Paris@Villettes Soniques, live (fr) CONF
03.06 Réunion@Sakifo, dj set (re) CONF
11.06 Haarlem@Edit Fest, dj set (nl) CONF
16.06 Barcelone@Sonar, dj set (esp) CONF
23.06 Lisbonne@Lux, live (pt) CONF
24.06 Poleymieux@Mont D'Or festival, dj set (fr) CONF
26.06 Amsterdam@Beyond fest, dj set (nl) CONF

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