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.


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.

"Hudson", the first video from the new album by Amatorski "from clay to figures"

is premiered by Les Inrockuptibles in France, Noisey/Vice in The Netherlands and Nothing But Hope And Passion in Germany.

Amatorski have associated with renowned, London-based Belgian artists Gus & Stella, who worked to create the visual environment for the album including artwork, a short film documenting the recordings, and the first music video, "Hudson"

The video, an elegant and delicate mix of films, pictures and collages, was shot during Amatorski’s Spanish tour last December. 

Amatorski’s new album "from clay to figures"  came out on April 14 on CD and double vinyl LP (limited edition incl. download codes) on Crammed Discs.

Amatorski announce a special guest slot with Girls in Hawaii and release a teaser for their upcoming album !

Amatorski announce a special guest slot with Girls in Hawaii and release a teaser for their upcoming album !

Their new album 'from clay to figures' is scheduled for release in April. Watch the teaser here

Here are their upcoming dates featuring two sold out concerts with Girls in Hawaii.

30/01/2014 BE Namur Theatre de Namur SUPPORT FOR GIRLS IN HAWAII
05/02/2014 BE Mons Le Manege SUPPORT FOR GIRLS IN HAWAII
28/02/2014 CH Basel Bscene Festival

18/04/2014 BE Brugge More Music Festival  

24/04/2014 DE Berlin Kantine am Berghain

25/04/2014 DE Hamburg Turmzimmer

19/05/2014 GB London The Old Blue Last

20/05/2014 NL Amsterdam Paradiso

21/05/2014 BE Brussels Botanique

YASMINE HAMDAN to play special screenings of Jim Jarmusch's new film

YASMINE HAMDAN to play special screenings of Jim Jarmusch's new film

Yasmine and other musicians from the "Only Lovers Left Alive" soundtrack to perform at launch parties.

To launch the new Jim Jarmusch film "Only Lovers Left Alive" (starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) two special events will take place in Cologne and Berlin, at which the film screening will be followed by a live show by artists who wrote and recorded music for the film's soundtrack, including YASMINE HAMDAN, Zola Jesus, Jim Jarmusch's band, SQÜRL, White Hills and Jozef Van Wissem.

The first event in Cologne takes place with screenings at Cinenova/Off Broadway followed by a live show at Herbrands  on December 10th.
The second event in Berlin takes place with screenings at Kino International and Filmtheater am Friedrichshain followed by a live show at Tresor on December 12th.

Both events are put together by ATP and Cinema Paradiso.

Tickets for the events are €27.50 and are available here. Both shows are 18+ only. Please bring sunglasses and gloves.

P.S. Yasmine appears onscreen in the film, singing her song "HAL" (which is featured in her debut solo album "Ya Nass").

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