Collectif Mental & Le BRASS Proudly Present
Exploded View (Sacred Bones Records)
Exploded View is a new collaborative project helmed by the UK-born, Berlin-based political-journalist-turnedmusicianAnika (Invada Records / Stones Throw). After playing a string of 2014 solo shows in Mexico with a backing lineup composed of local producers Martin Thulin, Hugo Quezada and Amon Melgarejo, Anika and her new bandmates discovered a chemistry that they simply had to capture on tape.
During their rehearsals in Mexico City, the four musicians discovered a new sound, several steps removed from the krautrock-isms of Anika’s previous work. The straight to tape sessions that followed in the San Rafael neighborhood, ventured somewhere new; a lighter place, unguarded, veering from any script. Improvisation was the guiding principle and the source of the band’s inspiration. The studio itself was outftted so that every sound produced in the room would be recorded. A Tascam 388 8-track captured everything – fully live, fully improvised, frst-takes only. Produced by Thulin and Quezada and mastered by Josh Bonati in NYC, the long player is due out in August 2016.
‘No More Parties In The Attic’ is a song that fnds power in its confict; a demented collage of noisy perplexing tones and ominous drones backed with distorted guitars, a devastating bass line and fractured rhythms. While Anika’s jarring vocal display may appear softer than her previous works, the song is laced with her unmistakable icy & nonchalant vocals delivered in ruinous calm.
Collectif Mental has worked on the Anika Brussels return for a moment now, it's done now thanks to the BRASS — Centre Culturel de Forest collaboration and supports.
Public Psyche (be — Hypertension Records)
Finally given in to the dark side or not afraid of a bold career move? To the surprise of many, Rape Blossoms have decided to change their name to Public Psyche while finishing the follow-up of 'Starving Vultures at 7-Eleven' (2011) and 'Ruinenlust' (2014). Recorded in their rehearsal space by the notorious Beyt Al Tapes, the third LP 'No New Violence' once again offers six tracks, but not exactly more of the same. A strong emphasis on synthesizers, tape delay, and repetition creates a genuine lo-fi mood that connoisseurs might describe as 'slurry dub/cesspool punk'. 'No New Violence' was released in September 2017 on Hypertension Records. You will find them in da club, bottle full of bub'.
Luminance (Bxl solo)
Born in Brussels in 2012, Luminance never ceased to explore unknown fields and new ways of conceiving dark synth music.
Modelling poignant melodies dancing on sharp electronic beats, the tone is sometimes harsh and straight, sometimes soft and cold,
exploring melancholy through electricity to bring the listener as far as possible from reality.
Constantly pushing the codes and limits of the genres away, LUMINANCE progressively draws an infinite cartography of synthetic music and etheral worlds.
Price at door: 12€