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Taraf de Haidouks celebrate 25th anniversary with new album and tour!

Taraf de Haidouks celebrate 25th anniversary with new album and tour!






In their new album "Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts", Taraf de Haïdouks are revisiting some of the old styles which have enchanted Western audiences on their earlier albums: Gypsy love songs, old-school dance tunes, Turkish-flavoured instrumentals, and poignant Romanian ballads. Let's all join the party!

TARAF DE HAÏDOUKS ON TOUR:

11/02/2015
FR Paris New Morning

12/02/2015
NL Groningen Oosterpoort

13/02/2015
NL Amsterdam Paradiso Noord

14/02/2015
NL Rotterdam Lantaren Venster

15/02/2015
BE Brussels AB

16/02/2015
GB London Union Chapel

21/02/2015
DE Dortmund Domicil

17/05/2015
GB Norwich Norfolk & Norwich Festival

SKIP&DIE return with much awaited 2nd album,

SKIP&DIE return with much awaited 2nd album, "Cosmic Serpents"

... and an extensive world tour 2015
    

After setting stages on fire around the planet during their successful two-year Riots In The Jungle tour, pan-tropical future bass band SKIP&DIE are back with an exhilarating new album, entitled “COSMIC SERPENTS” - luring their audiences into a landscape somewhere between paradise, the apocalypse and beyond.

With its re-imagining of global music, irresistible rhythms and beats, acoustic instruments, field recordings and spacey synths, SKIP&DIE’s upcoming album, “COSMIC SERPENTS”, reveals a poetic sonic collage that toys with ideas of transient life, looming death, and the notion that our collective DNA coils throughout eternity like a cosmic serpent.

Set for release March 2015, the new album was written and recorded in Brazil, Egypt, Argentina, Colombia, La Reunion island, South Africa, Portugal and the Netherlands. It incorporates a rich variety of musical styles (from digital cumbia, creole maloya, brazilian rasterinha and electro chaabi - to dub, footwork and psychedelic rock) which have been inventively merged into an intimately layered SKIP&DIE universe.

SKIP&DIE consist of South African songwriter, vocalist and visual artist Catarina Aimée Dahms aka Cata.Pirata, producer Jori Collignon on keys and FX, Gino Bombrini on percussion & guitar and Daniel Rose on guitar and other string instruments. They are joined on "COSMIC SERPENTS" by a handful of exciting guests from around the globe.

The first single and video is the title track, “Cosmic Serpents”, scheduled for release this December.

The dates for the first leg of their COSMIC SERPENTS World Tour are:

16 Jan 2015    Eurosonic, Groningen, Netherlands
17 Jan 2015    Noorderslag Oosterpoort    Groningen, Netherlands
06 Mar 2015    Where The Wild Things Are, Zeewolde, Netherlands
31 Mar 2015    La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France
01 Apr 2015    Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
02 Apr 2015    Le 106, Rouen, France
03 Apr 2015    L'UBU, Rennes, France
04 Apr 2015    Festival Chorus / La Défense, Paris
07 Apr 2015    La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
08 Apr 2015    Stereolux, Nantes, France
09 Apr 2015    Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux,  France
10 Apr 2015    Bikini, Toulouse, France
11 Apr 2015    La Belle Electrique, Grenoble, France
14 Apr 2015    Ampere, Munich, Germany
15 Apr 2015    Club Stereo, Nuremberg, Germany
16 Apr 2015    Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld    Cologne, Germany
17 Apr 2015    Privatclub, Berlin, Germany
18 Apr 2015    Molotow, Hamburg, Germany
22 Apr 2015    Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands
23 Apr 2015    Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands
24 Apr 2015    ABclub, Brussels, Belgium
29 Apr 2015    Pandora - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Nederland
30 Apr 2015    Vina Rock, Villarrobledo, Spain
07 May 2015   VERA, Groningen, The Netherlands
 
and many more to come!
Maïa Vidal's new single & video:

Maïa Vidal's new single & video: "Bones", a voracious love song...

... verging on the cannibalistic: "Skin so soft I could tear it off / to reveal your platelets..."



Bones, Maïa Vidal's new music video and first single from her upcoming album "You're The Waves", due to come out in the Spring of 2015.  

In this first track off her new album, the young American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist deconstructs falling in love by stripping it of its romance and literature, exploring the visceral curiosity and desire that one feels upon falling for someone. To the point of craving to expose the inside of the human body to air! 

The Bones single heralds the arrival of "You’re the Waves", Maïa Vidal's third album in as many years. Due to come out in March 2015, it was co-produced by the much-buzzed Brooklyn-based Van Rivers (of Fever Ray, Glasser, Matthew Dear and  Blonde Redhead fame).

The video was written and directed by Maïa herself (who has either co-directed or written all her previous music videos, including Follow Me, which was nominated for Best Pop Video at the UK Music Video Awards, opposite Lana del Rey, Rihanna and Justice).

Going back to the lyrics, Maïa sees the song as "a demented sonnet about an impossibly true encounter of two multi-celled organisms kissing in the moonlight". She describes the process as "a voracious appetite to discover everything about the other person, to see deep within, to interact not only on the surface but quite possibly below the muscle tissue as well. That curiosity is insatiable, it calls for something impossible but at the same time deeply human, a desire to know everything about the person we love - I'd like to make a home in your frontal lobe / and lounge all day in your memories - and to be invited into every corner of their body."

Juana Molina gets award, directs new video...

Juana Molina gets award, directs new video...

... and is coming to Europe to play 2 special shows in Paris and Bari




Juana Molina's latest album Wed 21 was ecstatically welcomed by the press around the world (see quotes below). Her native Argentina has not lagged behind, as Wed 21  has just earned the Carlos Gardel Award (the equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Alternative Rock and Pop Album of 2013.

On the video front, Juana has made a giant leap forward by co-directing the eerie and supremely charming "Lo decidí yo" ("The decision was mine", directed with Mario Caporalli). This 3rd video from the Wed 21 sees her performing considerable, ninja-like physical feats (thanks to a chroma key which she set up with lengths of fabric in her back yard).

Juana Molina will also bring her lively, exciting live show to Paris, where she has been invited by the prestigious Fondation Cartier, and to Bari Festival.

07/11/2014 IT BARI BARI FESTIVAL
10/11/2014 FR PARIS FONDATION CARTIER
 


From the press on Juana Molina's Wed 21 album

A universal playfulness that’s entirely her own.  (Washington Post)

Her music still perches on the verge of delirium  (NY Times)

It's as if extra-terrestrials have had a bash at making contemporary Earthling pop music but didn't quite nail it. Fascinating, enjoyable and original, (The Independent)

On an evolutionary journey of her own devising…Transportative, like a fantastic fable…like all good storytellers, Molina's gift is in the delivery  (Pitchfork)

This might be her best work yet  (Mixmag)

Eerie, hypnotic, building to increasingly haunting heights (Spin)

Colourful worlds with buzzing electronics swarming around psychedelic rhythms (Uncut)

Always in motion, this effortless fusion of airy melody and playful eccentricity follows a perpetually fluid course (Mojo)

Like other great popular music musicians who toe the avant-garde line—Tom Waits comes to mind, as does Radiohead—there is a vision here (Pop Matters)



Composer/lutenist Jozef Van Wissem to release new album on Crammed's Made To Measure series

Composer/lutenist Jozef Van Wissem to release new album on Crammed's Made To Measure series

The New York-based Dutchman's very personal work was recently showcased in his award-winning soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive". Both Jarmusch & Yasmine Hamdan are guesting on the new album.




The entrancing "It Is Time For You To Return" is Jozef Van Wissem's brand-new album (his first for Crammed Discs' revived Made To Measure series), and functions as a perfect introduction to his music which, this time around, is enhanced by a new feature, as Jozef wrote and performed hypnotic vocals for some of the nine pieces.

The album also benefits from the presence of young Chilean filmmaker Domingo Garcia-Huidobro, who contributed electronic programming on a couple of tracks. And Jim Jarmusch (on guitar) & Yasmine Hamdan (on vocales) appear on one of the songs.

"It Is Time For You To Return" will be coming out on November 10, 2014.
Jozef Van Wissem will be extensively touring around Europe and the USA, check the dates here.

Crammed Discs is happy to welcome CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO!

Crammed Discs is happy to welcome CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO!

Check out the first video from the forthcoming new album!




Argentian producer Pedro Canale aka Chancha Via Circuito returns with his long awaited third album, Amansara. Originally coming out of Buenos Aires' famed digital cumbia scene, Chancha has notoriously expanded beyond those boundaries to forge unprecedented mergers between Brazilian rhythms, Paraguyan harp, Andean mysticism and the solitude of Argentinian folklore - all processed through his own futuristic strain of  electronic music.  Chancha's sound is without question truly unique and instantly recognizable, to the extent that he has become a key reference point for an entire crop of artists which have begun to carry his genes.
Chancha Via Circuito new album, Amansara, will be coming out after the Summer, but you can see the first video "Coplita" here.

"Chez les Aborigènes", the first single off "Ex-Futur Album"...

... the avant-pop opus from 1980-83 by Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul




Written & recorded by Véronique Vincent (Honeymoon Killers vocalist) and Marc Hollander (Aksak Maboul & Crammed Discs founder), in collaboration with Vincent Kenis (Aksak Maboul/Congotronics), this album was announced in Crammed's early catalogues, but was never completed. It has now been assembled (and partly retrieved from demos, rough mixes and cassette tapes), and will come out in October 2014, with a slight delay of 30 years.
 
The single also comprises a new remix by great electronic music duet Easy & C.O.U. (who are stalwarts of the Nordic skweee scene).

Watch the visual illustration created by McCloud Zicmuse from his gorgeous album artwork.
Crammed Discs artists take Glastonbury Festival by storm

Crammed Discs artists take Glastonbury Festival by storm

Juana Molina, SKIP&DIE and Yasmine Hamdan will all perform at the UK's premier festival this week.

SKIP&DIE, who are working on their new album to be released in early 2015, have completed a last video for their acclaimed album "Riots In The Jungle". The video was just premiered by Vice's music channel Noisey, in the UK, Germany, France and The Netherlands. You can watch it here. The band will be performing on the Silver Hayes Stage on Thursday 26th, 2:00 a.m.  

Juana Molina, whose recent performances at Primavera Sound and Villette Sonique delighted the audiences, is performing at Glastonbury (Sunday 29th, Park Stage, 2:00 p.m.), before going on to play Roskilde Festival, Nuits de Fourvière, Pohoda Festival and Summer Stage in New York. All dates can be found here.
Juana Molina's latest video 'Sin guia, no", shot in Tierra del Fuego, can be watched here.
 
After a very busy Spring, sold-out shows in Paris and London, and her appearance in the new Jim Jarmusch movie "Only Lovers Left Alive", Yasmine will be performing at Glastonbury Festival on June 29h, Glade Stage, 5:40 pm
She will be also appearing on BBC2 TV and BBC6 Music, broadcast live from the Festival.
Here's a video of Yasmine Hamdan performing earlier this month at the Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room)

Kasai Allstars' wild new album now on preorder

Kasai Allstars' wild new album now on preorder

The long-awaited 2nd LP by the mindblowing Congotronics collective from Kinshasa, DRC, will come out as a 2CD and a limited-ed. vinyl




Filmed during the recordings, "The Chief's Enthronement", the first video off the album was premiered on Pitchfork.

The album just got an enthusiastic and extensive write-up in The Wire Magazine who, among many other things, points out that "this is why Kasai Allstars connect so strongly with us. When these musicians get on stage it's easy to draw lines to VU-inspired rock, dub and the tracier areas of club music. Moreaover, nowadays we get Js and software wranglers, whereas these guys handle chunky, often self-built instruments, physically creating the music. It's exhilarating just to watch this much physical work from a musician."

The 2CD and 1LP versions of "Beware the Fetish" can now be preordered HERE 



JUANA MOLINA: new video, tours, back-catalogue reissue

JUANA MOLINA: new video, tours, back-catalogue reissue

To follow up on the release of her acclaimed new album, Juana Molina is releasing a second music video, and is doing an extensive series of shows this Spring & Summer




Directed by Argentine filmmaker/artist Dr Sepian, the new video was shot in Tierra de Fuego, at the southernmost tip of the South American continent. It's inspired by the Hain initiation ceremonies which used to be performed by the Shelknam people, who were among the original inhabitants of Patagonia. Young men on the verge of puberty were sent out alone in the forest, and had to perform a series of tasks (such as hunting, or fighting demons of the forest) before being considered as grown men and allowed to come back to the fold of the tribe.

Filmed in breathtaking landscapes, this story of magic and rituals works as a perfectly apt visual illustration for a track which was described by Pitchfork as A twisting, live wire of a song that takes the listener's attention hostage and runs off into the woods… and by SPIN Magazine as being eerie, hypnotic, and building to increasingly haunting heights…

Juana Molina is closing her 3-week US tour with an L.A. show on April 27, and will soon be embarking on a long European tour from May to August, which will include appearances at festivals such as Nuits Botanique in Brussels, Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Villette Sonique in Paris, Roskilde (DK), Pohoda (SK), SummerStage in New York, Rock al Parque in Bogota (Colombia), Nuits de Fourvière in Lyon (opening for Damon Albarn),  End Of The Road (UK), as well as  shows in London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Frankfurt,  and many more to be announced soon. Tour details here

Meanwhile, Crammed Discs are delighted to announce the digital reissue of Juana Molina's four previous albums, Segundo (originally released in 2000), Tres Cosas (2002), Son (2006) and Un Día (2008), which are now available again through all main digital stores worldwide, as well as on Crammed's online store.

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