An excellent debut Album JoJoNi, by the ENSEMBLE O, the French Trio , which had been around for over a decade now, hits the world on April, the 28th via famous Belgian Crammed Discs Label. The stables which are famous and well recognised for bringing to the World and promoting the best of what had happened in an Avant Garde music since middle of the 80ies. If you asked usual guy what he knows that the Belgium is famous for the ultimate answer would be: The Belgian Waffles & The Crammed Discs Made 2 Measure recordings. Period 😉
release date: 03.03.2023 on Crammed Discs, Made to Measure Vol.48
In the wake of their acclaimed comeback album Figures (2020), Aksak Maboul took a playful sideways step to create this total work, a 63-minute, conti- nuous suite of fifteen pieces, which could be described as an experimental audio play.The thread running through Une aventure de VV (Songspiel) is Véronique Vincent’s text, an enigmatic philosophical-poetical tale unfolding through monologues and dialogues, spoken and sung by a series of characters. The music was written & arranged by Marc Hollander and features his characteristic genre-hopping tendencies: strands of electronica, pop, jazz, collage, techno, ambient, improv, krautrock, contemporary classical & systems music are merrily woven together, in the inimitable Aksak Maboul style.
release date: 14.10.2022 on Crammed Dics, Made to Measure series
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH , CHRISTINA VANTZOU, STUBBLEMAN, LUCRECIA DALT, CAMILLE MANDOKI, MATIAS AGUAYO, MARY LATTIMORE, INNE EYSERMANS, FÉLICIA ATKINSON, BENJAMIN LEW, STEVEN BROWN: Eight distinguished artists wrote and recorded original pieces for this album which joins the dots between vintage, experimental and neo-classical ambient, and pays tribute to the relaunched Made To Measure composers’ series.
release date: 24.o6.2022
The digital release features three remixes of the tracks off the duo’s new ambient record Xpujil plus a new presentation of the original album
Following “Warning”, the first single off his gorgeous, upcoming album, Tuxedomoon co-frontman Steven Brown now drops a music video for a song whose chorus resounds all the more ominously right now: Steven Brown’ album El Hombre Invisible, out on 15th of April 2022, a hypnotic song cycle with remarkable sparse, elegant arrangements, was recorded in Steven’s adopted hometown of Oaxaca, and mixed in Berlin
release date: 22.10.2021 via Crammed Discs
Following the release of Aksak Maboul’s acclaimed Figures double album (in mid-2020), fifteen artists have revisited songs from the legendary experimental pop band’s ‘comeback’ opus (mini-biography below).
These diverse, colorful interpretations range from simple remixes to reconstructions and cover versions, or a combination of all of these. They’re now ready to be released on two separate, limited-edition vinyl LPs, as well as on two digital albums.
release date: 15.10.2021 via Crammed Discs
Always ready to expand their scope and blur the genre borders, the inventive, revered French avant-rock band Aquaserge have decided to tackle the field of contemporary classical music from the mid-20th century, in a special project which pays tribute to four major atypical figures: Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), György Ligeti (1923-2006), Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) and Morton Feldman (1926-1987).
release date: 25.06.2021 via Crammed Discs
Xpujil (pronounced “ex-poo-khil”) is a single, 40-minute immersive piece which takes the listener on a sonic journey through an organic and shifting world. An album which blurs the limits between music, field recording and psycho-acoustic trance. NOVA MATERIA XPUJIL (MTM Vol. 45 vinyl, digital & CD) out June 25, 2021 on Crammed Discs.
release date: 28.05.2021 via Crammed Discs
Hector Zazou – Geographies – remastered edition – vinyl , CD & digital – out 28 May 2021 on Crammed Discs
Hector Zazou is known for many groundbreaking albums and collaborations, including the Zazou Bikaye LPs. Yet this orchestral suite originally released in 1985 showcases some of Zazou’s most exquisite compositional work, fusing a chamber ensemble, some classical and pop vocals, unorthodox production, and an ironical, affectionate take on early 20th century classics (think Satie et al). With evocative song titles such as Cine Cittá & Sidi Bel Abbès, and even a catchy folk-like tune (Vera C.), this album is a playful voyage in time and space.
The cover is adorned with a reproduction of a painting by Gérard Garouste who, at the time, was viewed as a vanguard of the neoclassical/postmodernist movement. More about that below.
release date: 30.04.2021 via Crammed Discs
Crammed Discs‘ legendary Composers’ Series is reactivated in 2021, with the release of new albums remastered vinyl reissues of several classics starting with: MADE TO MEASURE Vol.1 : Minimal Compact, Benjamin Lew, Aksak Maboul and Tuxedomoon (April 30th – further details below) and MADE TO MEASURE Vol.5: Hector Zazou‘s Geographies (May 28th)