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Jos Smolders – Bagatellen
Visual arts have always been very inspirational to Jos Smolders. “I can really be knocked out by a painting, a sculpture when I first encounter it.” The same happened when he first set eyes on Jeroen Diepenmaat’s ‘co//age co//py’: black and white collaged images that are xeroxed and compiled into a booklet. “So, I saw the book. Online. Ordered it. And the minute I opened it when it had arrived I felt a connection to it. I know it sounds a bit exuberant but it pulled me right in, into an experience of feeling the paper surface, smelling the ink, interacting with the images. After leafing through the book I decided that it would be an interesting experiment to translate to music that first experience, complete with the almost meditative concentration that I had just experienced.”
This release is available in a digital format, as a limited edition cassette, and as an even more limited edition cassette + book. Pre-orders are up. To be released on February 16th.
SNACKBAR the Ambassador – Iedere Dag Vakantie
SNACKBAR the Ambassador is a moniker of transdisciplinary artist Matthias König, based in The Hague (NL), interweaving music, performance- and visual arts. The sound of SNACKBAR the Ambassador is best described as a toxic concoction of deconstructed folklore, electronic beat and space explorations, otherworldly sounds, dub, cumbia, schlager, humpa and experimental electronics. Endearing, ugly, attractive, abrasive, compelling and taunting at the same time.
This limited edition 7″ turquoise coloured vinyl is packaged in a printed brown paper inner sleeve, a high quality reproduction of König’s drawing ‘Iedere Dag Vakantie’ and a transparent PVC outer sleeve. The original drawing was made in 2020 with color pencil and acrylic marker on silkscreen-print, 78,5 x 50 cm on paper. The single will also be available as a download. Released on December 15th.
Some other recent Esc.rec. releases were ‘Sweet Surprise’ by Toxic Chicken, ‘Time Is A Spider’ by Monday W., ‘Always There, Somewhere’ by Frond, ‘Sluimer’ by Diepenmaat/Sallaerts, ‘Prosopagnosia’ by Daniel Vujanic, ‘Bentillse Berber’ by Karen Willems and ‘Untitled 2019’ by Francisco López.
Even more releases anticipated by the likes of Frond (remixes), Pels, Machinefabriek, OTONN, Monday W., Martijn Comes & Lukas Simonis, Wouter van Veldhoven & Jeroen Diepenmaat and Jared Sagar.
In yet another attempt to revive the Esc.rec. backcatalogue, there’s this monthly curated Spotify playlist of selected top tracks.