Friday, 18 May 2018

OUC012 : Ben Bertrand / NGC 1999

Covert art by Zeloot

OUC012 : Ben Bertrand / NGC 1999

Ben Bertrand (see also ODG065 and OUC004) is armed with a bass clarinet and backed with sound effects, aiming in the direction of the contemporary classical section of your record collection. 
Dreamlike compositions that take you to his warm and minimal world. 
In the musical sauna, Ben Bertrand sits in between Gavin Bryars and Jon Hassell. 

For ‘les albums claus’, Ben Bertrand made 5 compositions overflowing in a musical crescendo, unfolding it’s character and talent in an unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques.
Ben Bertrand was influenced by fellow minimalists such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley, and in his work, he combines simple musical patterns, offset in time, to create a slowly shifting, cohesive whole. 
He makes use of his clarinet - effects and loop pedals - to construct modal, hypnotic grooves, over which he plays microtonally-inflected clarinet phrases. The use of loops
permits to phase patterns on which simple and audible processes let him explore musical concepts. Rich harmonies are built, always increasing in density, before the whole thing gradually fades out leading the auditor back on earth.

a nice review in Vital weekly :
"Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels is a fine space to see exciting concerts... Bertrand’s 
music is not as loopy or bouncy as the early works of the American pioneers. In the five pieces on this album Bertrand is more interested in playing a mellow tune, more ambient and the comparisons made by the label to Jon Hassell and Gavin Bryars make in that respect quite some sense. The bass clarinet is not always easy to recognize here; most clearly it sings in ‘V380 Orionis’, with some nice melody played over a repeating phrase. In ‘Sanctus Hubble’ the bass clarinet is introspective and the loops is kept simple. In the three other pieces the clarinet sound is much obscured by these effects and it becomes a bit blurred but in a very pleasant way. This is some truly fine minimal ambient music...
Hopefully there will be a follow-up album soon then! (FdW)".

The album was also part of the ninth MOJO playlist of 2018 along with new records of Brian Eno and Jim O'rourke !

Ben Bertrand by Julie Calbert

Composition, arrangement, bass clarinet, electronics : Ben Bertrand.
Voices on Post Scriptum to Valentina Tereshkova by Anne-Charlotte Bisoux & Manah
Recording, mixing and mastering by Christophe Albertijn.
Recorded live at les ateliers claus, October 2017.

This debut album comes out on vinyl and cd in a limited edition of 300
copies on the Les albums Claus label, cat lac011. 
All compositions are made and played by Ben Bertrand solo.
The design has been made by Dutch graphic designer Zeloot (New Yorker, DeMorgen, VrijNederland) and has been silkscreened.

Digital release on the 18th of May 2018.

Track listing:

A1 - Orion Molecular Cloud
A2 - V380 Orionis
B1 - Malkauns on Kitt Peak
B2 - Sanctus Hubble
B3 - Post Scriptum to Valentina Tereshkova

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

OVD021 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 4

Cover art by A.L., pic by Pierre Vervloesem

OVD021 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere

Final part of Pierre's tetralogy ' The Art of Going Nowhere' (see Part.1&2 on OVD019 and Part. 3 on OVD020) is another 40 minutes long masterpiece. 
This time Pierre is enlarging the ambient atmosphere with a lot of drums and percussions making this part almost danceable and the more commercial of the four. 
He's using also his guitar in a more agressive way which gives a very different vibe to this Part than the 3 other ones.

The best way to enjoy this Part is like the three previous ones: in your house or in the fields, in the dark or in the daylight, quietly or at full volume!
Try also to play the four Parts as one long album... it's quite an experience!

This our Pierre as we like him!

Digital release on the 16th of May 2018.

Track listing:

1: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 4

Friday, 11 May 2018

OVD020 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 3

Cover art by A.L., pic and feet by Pierre Vervloesem

OVD020 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 3

Third chapter of the tetralogy 'The Art of Going Nowhere' is another 46 minutes long piece of bravery multi guitars layers, ambient noise and synthesizers. After the Part.1 and 2 (see OVD019), Pierre Vervloesem shows again that he is probably one of the most brillant musician in Belgium! Again to listen in the dark, in the day time, quietly or at full volume, through speakers or headphones, but definitively to listen to! Enjoy!

The inimitable Pierre

Digital release on the 11th of May 2018.

Track listing:

1: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 3

Thursday, 3 May 2018

OVD019 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part.1 and 2

Cover art by A.L., pic by Pierre Vervloesem

OVD019 : Pierre Vervloesem / The Art of Going Nowhere, Part.1 and 2

Another masterpiece in 4 parts from Belgian maestro Pierre Vervloesem! 

The idea behind this new project was to record 4 pieces of exactly 40 minutes of ambient  and avant-garde ambient, numerous guitar layers played in one shot or note after note treated each in a different way, synthesizers and mellotron!

This first release (the 2 other parts are coming next and the week after) are the 2 first parts of this amazing project: inspiring music and typical Pierre virtuosity, though you have some heavy moments with drums, percussions and a Moroccan band! 

To listen quietly or at full volume, in the day time, in the dark, in your bed or in your car, but to listen for sure and enjoy for 40 or 80 minutes of pure pleasure!

Mister(y) Pierre!

Digital release on the 4th of May 2018.

Track listing:

1: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 1
2: The Art of Going Nowhere, Part. 2

Thursday, 26 April 2018

ODG080 : Matador / Matador

Cover art by Santiago Bogacz

ODG080 : Matador / Matador

"Matador is a solo project by uruguayan composer/guitarist/singer Santiago Bogacz. Starting in 2014 and having already recorded 2 EPs, 2 LPs and a live album the music presented in it combines Latin American and Northafrican, among some Eastern, folk music with ideas that are more related to contemporary classical, experimental, free jazz and improvised music. None of these are influences, but more like inspirations. 

Santiago Bogacz uses nylon and steel-string guitars, always detuned to the lower zones of these instruments, in order to make the sound more about the materials rather than the notes, about the strings itselves. Voices are the second important instrument of this project, non-lyrical, onomatopoeic. Somehow, both guitars and voices are treated as one, trying to be melted, in order to create one big non-stoping visceral flow. All these are a mean, in the end, to establish an ambient, a ritual. A dark and intense one (maybe even scary), but, for Santiago Bogacz, a very freeing one."


Digital release on the 27th of April 2018.

Track listing:

1: 20
2: FFF
3: Queaufio
4: Shinù
5: Wouwe-É
6: 9 Cuerdas
7: 7/8-4/4-X/X
8: S'Cúrroa
9: Yoy Yoy Yey Yey
10: Chucapúm

Thursday, 19 April 2018

OMT003 : Didan & Petit Pierre / Ata Ndele (Tôt ou tard le monde va changer)

Cover art by DJeromebosch

OMT003 : Didan & Petit Pierre / Ata Ndele (Tôt ou tard le monde va changer)

Second album on the Off-Matonge series by Didan & Petit Pierre.

At the end of 2017, after composing the music of Quentin Noirfalisse's film / documentary "Le Ministre des Poubelles" (see OMT001), Didan & Petit Pierre brought together a bunch of eminent musicians to record five songs that they dedicate to their country of origin: the DRC.

Established in Belgium not far from Matongé (the Brussels African neighborhood that adjoins the European institutions), the group is composed of renowned artists who played in some legendary big bands in the history of Congolese rumba (Franco and the TPOK Jazz, Vévé of Verckys, Zaiko Langa Langa, Dizzy Mandjeku, etc.).

Didan Dibwidi (tenor saxophone), Pierre Monongi Mopia (rhythm guitar), Malage de Lugendo (vocals), Muki Muindila (trumpet), Alonzo Nzau (percussion) and Toms Ntale (guitars and musical direction) have concocted a small wonder that brings together different musical styles that established this famous rumba born between Kinshasa and Brazzaville after the second world war.

Between bakolo miziki and soukous passing by the song of charm or the bolero, these musicians of great talent tell us the fate of "mikili", those who are supposed to have reached the Eldorado, in other words Europe for those who remained in the country. This fabulously rich Congo, which has gone through colonization, independence, dictatorship and wars, is now at the heart of international geopolitics. The resources of the DRC arouse all the envy of a crazy planet launched in an absurd race subject to dictates of financial returns.

But here's the good news: Ata Ndele!
"Ata Ndele Mokili Ekobaluka!"
"Sooner or later the world will change!"

Push the volume: it is still allowed to dance irresistibly or to dream tenderly.

5 songs dedicated to Congo DRC :

- Mon Congo (Rendez-moi Mon Congo!) :
Created in 2013 by the talented Jean Mikili (his punk / soukous album is worth to investigate). This version multiplies the interpretations probably because the world is complicated. Not enough to pull the mouth, you can check it through the clip available on You Tube.

- Ata Ndele :
Composed by Adou Elenga in 1955 this "protest song" addressed to the Belgian colonial power of the time remains surprisingly modern and has even gained international relevance.

- Motema Ya Nkolo :
The superb tenor saxophone by Didan Dibwidi unfolds an instrumental bolero that balances spirituality with invigorating lyricism.

- Le Temps Des Cerises :
It seems that there are no cherries in Congo. But this ballad that was written at the end of the 19th century seems cut for Malage de Lugendo, singer of irresistible charm to many expert ears. The disturbing and bloody text also owes its fame to the legendary fate of its author (Jean-Baptiste Clément) who participated in the insurrection of the Paris Commune in 1871.

- Monga Mweku :
Pierre Monongi Mopia is the author of a melancholic text that illustrates the existential tearing of the "Mikili" cut off from their family by emigration. He mentions the death of his father and his dismay at being at this moment 8000 km from his family.

Didan Dibwidi & Pierre Monongi Mopia 
featuring Malage de Lugendo, Toms Ntale, Muki Muindila, Alonzo Nzau.

Musical direction : Toms Ntale
Production : DJeromebosch

Physical and digital release on the 18th of April 2018.

Track listing:

1: Mon Congo (Rendez-moi mon Congo!)
2: Ata Ndele
3: Motema Ya Nkolo
4: Le temps des cerises
5: Monga Mweku


Friday, 13 April 2018

ODG079 : Nimzo-Indian / B

Cover art by Andrew Spackman

ODG079 : Nimzo-Indian / B

Nimzo-Indian are electronic music project of musician and artist Andrew Spackman (see the fabulous compilation and remixes on ODG052 or one of his another name darker noisier   and powerful EDM project Sad Man on ODG072).

Nimzo-Indian music has been featured on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction and BBC 6 Music and reviewed in music blogs such as Monolith Cocktail, the Wire magazine and Mojo Magazine. 

No explanation, just listen!


Digital release on the 13th of April 2018.

Track Listing:

1: The Nutcracker
2: Up
3: The Magician
4: Spitfire
5: Friday
6: Bushes and Briars

Thursday, 5 April 2018

OJP026 : Yuichi Onoue 尾上祐一 / Early Days 1983-1997- Collection of Bizarre Homemade Pop Songs

Cover art by Yuchi Onoue

OJP026 : Yuichi Onoue 尾上祐一 / Early Days 1983-1997- Collection of Bizarre Homemade Pop Songs

Yuichi Onoue (see OJP003OJP017 and OJP019) is one of the most busy artist on the alternative rock scene in Tokyo. 
From the late 80ties until now, he has played solo or with a lot of bands from many different genres, from rock to electronic pop to post rock to avant folk... 
He is also a very atypic musician as he always performs with self made instruments he created and invented such as the ribbon or the one chord electric viola... 
This album consists of home made songs that were recorded between 1983 and 1997 and eventually released on separates cassette tapes. All the music was composed and played by Yuichi and is typical of what he does and loves to play. 
The album has been re mastered slightly by Pierre Vervloesem.

All tracks are written by Yuichi Onoue

Yuichi Onoue plays
Guitars, Bass Guitar, Synthesizers, Rhythm Programming
Pitch to Voltage guitar synth(track 01)
Onoue Co-Q - One String Fiddle(track 01, 09)
Kazoo(track 01), Vocal(track 05)
Fender Bass processed by Korg G5 Synth-bass processor(track 02, 03, 07)
Handmade sine wave generator(track 02)
Handmade original guitar synthesizer(track 04)
Handmade synth drum(track 10)
Algorithmic composition by using 'MAX' - a visual programming language
for music(track 06, 07, 08, 09)

Guest Musicians:
Keita Egusa - Piano(track 06)
Michio Karimata - Soprano Sax(track 06)

recorded by using
Sony monoral casette recorder(track 10)
Fostex X-15 4ch casette multi tracker(track 04, 05)
Yamaha CMX100 4ch casette multi tracker(track 01, 02, 03)
Yamaha MD4 4ch MD multi tracker(track 06, 07, 08, 09)

Digital release on the 6th of April 2018.

Track listing:

1: Junk Village Festival (1993)
2: Club Nebla (1994)
3: Carnivorous Plant (1994)
4: Arumi H Sin (1991)
5: Heavy Metal (1988) 
6: Free Electron (1997)
7: Dragon Factory (1997)
8: Musical Pollution Trilogy (1997)
9: Virtual Country (1997)
10: Tokyo Electric Ahoudori (1983)

Friday, 30 March 2018

ODG083 : Goudron et Plume / Burned Heart on a Sunny Beach

Cover art by Lucio Cavallari

ODG083 : Goudron et Plume / Burned Heart on a Sunny Beach

The visionary sound of Goudron et Plume can take different shapes, from cinematic experiments, to classical improvisation through psychedelia, jazz, electro-funky-rock-blues-dancefloor.

The duo is composed by Lorenzo Dalla Barba - aka Professeur Plume: (Voice - Piano - Synth) and Lucio Cavallari - aka Docteur Goudron: (Machine Operator, Strings, Harmonica, see also OUC006). 

Lorenzo was trained at the Orazio Vecchi conservatory in Modena and Lucio at the Central Saint Martin and Ravensbourne College in London.

Digital release on the 30th of March 2018.

Track listing:

1) Burned Heart on a Sunny Beach
2) Black Friday
3) Long Night Blues
4) Red Earth and Pouring Rain
5) Franky
6) Long Gone Lover
7) Space

And on Bandcamp:

Friday, 23 March 2018

OJP027 : Tetsuroh Konishi / Breathing of the Wind

Cover art by Ai Kisaragi

OJP027 : Tetsuroh Konishi / Breathing of the Wind

The return of one of the best Japanese trumpet master Tetsuroh Konishi! (seeOJP001OJP002OJP021 and OCD027)

This time, he's using also tibetan horns and ceramic handmade trumpet in his continual search for new sounds and new experimentation. Aways playing with the breath in new ways also to produce some of the most beautiful ambient music!

Tetsuroh, pic by Ai Kisaragi

Digital release on the 23rd of March 2018.

Track listing:

1: Air
2: Before Dawn
3: Calm Days
4: The Port Song
5: Talk to Me
6: Shinobi Song
7: Bird Song (2017 Version)
8: A Passion
9: Cera
10: Harukaze (2017 Version)

Saturday, 17 March 2018

ODG077 : Deadman Orchestra / Mix Tape for Film

Cover art by Erik Vermeulen

ODG077 : Deadman Orchestra / Mix Tape for Film

Since 1996 Youri Van Uffelen (Antwerp) makes music and soundscapes for theater, comic novels, art installations, film, ... Thanks to his studies in audiovisual arts, he is inclined to think in images, resulting in atmospheric music that tells its own story.
This time, it's another type of music than his 'Drawings In Sound' (see ODG062patronyme, as he composed 12 tracks for imaginary movies. The music mixes classical piano, guitars, sounds and at times some beats or drums. 
It's subtle and brings you quickly in another dimension!

Music by Youri Van Uffelen 
Keys & vocals on 'daughters' by Liesje & Yanna Van Uffelen 

Mastering by Uwe Teichert

Available as a limited edition tape released by Zesde Kolonne records , with custom artwork by Erik Vermeulen & concept by Luk Sponselee. Write to

Digital release on the 19th of March 2018.

Track listing:

1: 5 Am
2: Fuse
3: We Think
4: Shallow
5: For Aiko
6: Daughters
7: Too Much
8: The Machine
9: Pictures
10: And Feel
11: Lost Day
12: Too Little

Friday, 16 March 2018

Exclusive Pierre Vervloesem USB card release!

Exclusive Pierre Vervloesem release, The Art of Going Nowhere! 10 customized USB card only with 4x40 minutes tracks in wav, mp3 and pics. 15€ via paypal at:

OMT002 : Didan & Petit Pierre / MON CONGO ( Rendez-Moi Mon Congo!)

Cover art by DJeromebosch

OMT002 : Didan & Petit Pierre / MON CONGO ( Rendez-Moi Mon Congo!)

'MON CONGO' is a song about the RDC (République Démocratique du Congo)
It is not a nostalgic song asking to go back in time, but more asking about a bright future for this amazing country! 
Originally written by a Belgian Congo lover of the rumba music and re arranged by Didan & Petit Pierre for the occasion. 
The single will be followed by an album in May 2018.

Didan Dibwidi and Pierre Monongi Mopia featuring Malage de Lugendo, Toms Ntale, Muki Muindila, Alonzo Nzau. "Mon Congo" is a song by Jean Mikili. Musical direction : Toms Ntale. Video direction : Marco Zagaglia. Dancers : Furaya (Aniche, Jeremie, Tister, Joseph). Thanks to Kuumba (Matonge Elsene) Production : DJeromebosch.

The video:

Digital release on the 16th of March 2018.

Track listing:

1: MON CONGO ( Rendez-Moi Mon Congo!)

Thursday, 8 March 2018

OCD038 : James Brandon Lewis - Chad Taylor / Radiant Imprints

Covert art by Kiekebiche, paint by Anne Maizia

OCD038 : James Brandon Lewis - Chad Taylor / Radiant Imprints

Nothing as beautiful as following the course of an interesting, young musician, especially if he has planned not to sit with the suits. Tenor James Brandon Lewis made a furore with his trio in 2017.
On "radiant imprints" he is heard with master drummer Chad Edward Taylor. The result is free and soulful, and sometimes surprisingly catchy.
Radiant Imprints is a strong, soulful statement by musicians who possess baggage and technology, but also instinct, emotion and character. And with that you not only address the head, but also the heart.

James and Chad, pic by Laurent Poiget

James Brandon Lewis (b.1983) is a saxophonist, composer , and critically Acclaimed Artist that has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in 2013. Lewis has shared stages with Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett , Hamid Drake , Ravi Coltrane , Jimmy Heath Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others.
James Brandon Lewis has been endorsed by Jazz legend Saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
"Promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders”. – Jazz Magazine (France). 
Lewis attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

James Brandon Lewis, pic by Diane Allford

Chad Taylor, pic by Rob Miller

Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder ofthe Chicago Underground ensembles. 
Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. 
Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. 
Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music.

4 out of 5 stars in All About Jazz! Read the review here, in Italian in Tracce di Jazz here and in Dutch in Volkskrant here!

A video of their live European tour late January 2018 (here in Charleroi), courtesy of Point Culture and Jérôme Henry:

About the paint on the cover, please visit the amazing site of Anne Maizia to see more of her great paintings here.

Physical and digital release on the 9th of March 2018.

Track listing:

1: Twenty Four
2: Loved One
3:With Sorrow Lonnie
4: Imprints
5: First Born
6: Radiant
7: Improve I