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New album, new video and new tour for Maia Vidal !

New album, new video and new tour for Maia Vidal !

Last episode in Maïa's mini-series of romantic videos out now, new album out on Sept 25




"Islands of You and Me", the last episode in Maïa's mini-series of romantic videos, was premiered on French website mademoiZelle.com last Monday.

Just like the first two episodes, "Bones" and "The Tide", this one was also written and co-directed by Maïa Vidal.


Here is Maïa Vidal about the "Islands of You and Me" video:

There's a thick inevitability to falling in love, it's a psychotropic drug slipped secretly while you slept. The synesthesia is overwhelming, every sense twisted and in bloom, you feel like no one else exists in the Universe, that the two of you are an island all to yourselves. A girl can lose herself in those silly kid daydreams, but she'll wake to find she's a woman, drunk on hormones and the last heady days of Summer, spinning out into an ever wilder irreality. Because in that moment between waking and sleep, your childhood games, romantic fantasies, and hidden yearnings are all allowed to dance to the same beat. And the beat is a technicolor sugar rush of nostalgia and desire, swaying dangerously close to that inevitable sexual awakening. And the last thing you want is to wake up.



Wow, Wow, Wow!


"You're the Waves", the new album, is coming out on September 25th, and Maïa Vidal will be on tour shortly after that, appearaing a.o. at the MaMA Festival in Paris on October 16th (at Les Trois Baudets), and at Botanique in Brussels on November 10th!

Crammed's Autumn Releases Announced!

Crammed's Autumn Releases Announced!

"Blue Velvet Revisited" (Tuxedomoon/Cult With No Name), Maïa Vidal album, Amatorski single, Tuxedomoon 10-LP vinyl box, vinyl reissues of Aksak Maboul, Honeymoon Killers

Tuxedomoon/Cult With No Name: "Blue Velvet Revisited"
This new release in our Made To Measure composers' series is the soundtrack written and recorded in 2015 by Tuxedomoon and Cult With No Name for the eponymous film by Peter Braatz, which was shot in 1985 on the set of David Lynch's great classic and will be coming out to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film.

Amatorski: "Hear Me"
A mesmerizing new single, which heralds a new phase in the band's journey. Vocalist & composer Inne Eysermans found this inspiration for this dreamy, soulful song in… a strange, quasi-Lynchian dream she made. The single will also contain a remix by a very exciting artist, more news to come.

Maia Vidal: "You're The Waves"
The French-American singer/songwriter returns with a 3rd album which overflows with her trademark, soaring melodies. "You're The Waves"  is her most accomplished album to date, an electronic pop opus  brilliantly produced by Maïa herself, co-produced by Giuliano Cobelli, and mixed by Van Rivers (Glasser, Fever Ray, Matthew Dear).
A unique, sensual and fresh album, "a real breakthrough", according to VICE US

The Tuxedomoon Vinyl Box will be an elaborate, luxurious, bountiful artefact, containing the band's main 9 albums (see list below), an album ("Appendix") entirely consisting of previously-unreleased tracks, a 28-page 12"-sized book with notes by the band members (who reminisce about the recording of these albums) plus all the lyrics & credits, and a single code for downloading the content of the 10 albums. The first 300 copies will be numbered. Available on pre-order from the Crammed store from end August.  Included: "Half-Mute", "Desire", "Holy Wars", "Ship of Fools", "You", "The Ghost Sonata", Cabin In The Sky", "Bardo Hotel Soundtrack", "Vapour Trails" and "Appendix"

Aksak Maboul: "Onze danses pour combattre la migraine" (vinyl reissue).
By popular demand, here's the vinyl reissue of the seminal album, recorded in 1977 by Crammed founder Marc Hollander with Congotronics producer Vincent Kenis. Audience interest in the music of Aksak Maboul has been constant over the years, and has significantly increased since last year's successful release of the band's "lost" avant-pop opus, "Ex-Futur Album". "Onze danses" is reissued with its original 1977 artwork. It contains a double insert with texts and pictures, as well as a digital download code for the album plus three bonus tracks.

The Honeymoon Killers "Les tueurs de la lune de miel" (vinyl reissue)
This much sought-after album created quite a sensation in the early '80s, and got the band to become the darlings of the UK music press whilst appearing on mainstream pop shows on French TV. Fronted by the late Yvon Vromman, The Honeymoon Killers were a provocative band with a strong pop sensibility, and their delirious live shows gained them a following across Europe. The band included vocalist Véronique Vincent, Marc Hollander, Vincent Kenis, Gerald Fenerberg, and  Jeanf Jones Jacob III. The album will contain an insert with texts and pictures, as well as a digital download code for the album plus 9 bonus tracks.

KASAI ALLSTARS on a rare European festival tour, summer 2015

KASAI ALLSTARS on a rare European festival tour, summer 2015

Kinshasa DRC's wildest band, the mythical KASAI ALLSTARS collective, are playing a 9-date festival tour in Europe in June/July 2015, including appearances at Glastonbury and Roskilde.

They last visited Europe in 2011 as part of the Congotronics vs Rockers supergroup (with Konono No.1, Deerhoof, Juana Molina et al), in which they played a central role and made a big impression.

This time, they'll be performing with a 12-piece line-up (including electric bass and a drummer), adding a rockier foundation to their mesmerizing Congolese trance music.

Revered by avant-indie rock, electronic & hip hop musicians* & aficionados worldwide, Kasai Allstars blend traditional instruments, electrified thumb pianos and electric guitars, exhilarating vocals, mindblowing polyrhythmics and spectacular dancing, drawn from ritual music which used to be be played in the bush, before being banned decades ago. 

Their latest album, "Beware The Fetish" (Congotronics/Crammed) featured among the 'best of 2014' lists in magazines such as Mojo, Q, Uncut & more

Be sure to catch their raw, intense performances at one of the following festivals:

26/06   Glastonbury (UK)
01/07   Clandestino (Sweden)
02/07   Roskilde (DK)
04/07   Couleur Café (BE)
05/07   Hertme (NL)
10/07   North Sea Jazz (NL)
17/07   Colors of Ostrava (CZ)  
18/07   Walthamstow Garden Party, London (UK)  
19/07   Paris (FR) - Fondation Cartier
 


* Saul WIlliams, Questlove, Animal Collective and Björk count among their fans

Arresting… not quite like anything else (Pitchfork, US)

Exhilarating… headspinning (Wire Magazine, UK)

Bewitching (Q, UK)

Some of the wildest and most unusual sounds on the planet… (The Guardian, UK)

This is rock sucked back to the continent of its birth to be granted a glorious resurrection  (Word, UK)




MAÏA VIDAL's beautiful new EP

MAÏA VIDAL's beautiful new EP

“THE TIDE” contains three new tracks and three remixes, and comes out on 10" vinyl and on digital

To herald the arrival of her upcoming new album “You’re The Waves” (out on Sept 29), young American singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Maïa Vidal presents “The Tide”, a single and a 6-track EP. The latter contains three beautiful new tracks, as well as three distinctive remixes, including a radio version by Oscar and The Wolf member and co-producer Ozan Bozdag.



"THE TIDE EP" COMES OUT ON MAY 18.
THE 10” VINYL VERSION WILL FOLLOW AT THE END OF MAY.



You can pre-order here


IN CONCERT

22.05
  MADRID, Circulo de Bellas Artes
22.06  PARIS, Comedy Club
25.06  BERLIN, Fusion Festival

Konono No.1 founder Mingiedi Mawangu passed away

Konono No.1 founder Mingiedi Mawangu passed away

He was 85. He founded Konono No.1 in the 1960s and invented his own electrified likembe, which gave Konono No.1 its distinctive sound. He led the band and toured with them until a few years ago.




This is Mingiedi & Konono performing in Kinshasa,  in the emblematic video from Konono No.1's "Congotronics" album.

We're very sad, here at Crammed. We're deeply grateful to Mingiedi for this music which inspired so many fans and artists around the globe. And we'll always remember his endearing personality. Our thoughts go to his son Augustin, to whom Mingiedi had entrusted the leadership of Konono No.1 several years ago, and to his family and the rest of the band.


SKIP&DIE are pleased to present their new single

SKIP&DIE are pleased to present their new single "Space Girls"






SKIP&DIE are pleased to present their new single "Space Girls", and the breathtaking music video which illustrates this vibrant track off their brand-new album "Cosmic Serpents".

The video, directed by SKIP&DIE's own Cata.Pirata and DutchToast, superbly depicts the song's alternative universe. In Cata.Pirata's own words...

"Fuck Gravity! Blow it Up! In this grave world of greed, injustice and trouble, we've got to learn to love ourselves and each other. We are strong, beautifully diverse, layered beings - each and every one of us - yes, that means YOU too! And we hold visions of utopias in our hands. From birth, to death, to rebirth, we sow our seeds of hope & revolution. Together, we will overcome trauma and division. We don't care what "type" of women we are, we're planets, we're SPACE GIRLS!”
Cata.Pirata




Axel Krygier is back with

Axel Krygier is back with "Hombre De Piedra", a new album and music video!






The brilliant musician/composer/singer from Buenos Aires tells us the fantastic and hilarious story of a bigfoot from the Stone Age, who travels through the history of mankind, from its early days to the 2.0 era. A delirious road movie about the paradoxes of civilization.

Watch the first music video for the title track "Hombre De Piedra". Shot in his backyard with the help of director Mariano Mucci and visual artist Ian Kornfeld, the video is a combination of HD formats, Super 8 and animation revolving around a map of the sky drawn up by the first painters of mankind.



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."

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