Mario Batkovic set to release new album, Introspectio, in December

There’s exciting news from Bosnian-born and Swiss-based musician and composer Mario Batkovic, who is set to release a new album, following his eponymous album which was one of our Album Picks of 2017. Entitled Introspectio, the album arrives on December 3rd through Invada Records and features a stellar cast of collaborators, including electronic maverick James Holden, former BEAK> member Matthew Williams aka MXLX, sax super hero Colin Stetson, drummer Clive Deamer (Radiohead/Portishead/Robert Plant/Roni Size) and concert choir Cantus Domus.

A virtuoso accordion player, Batkovic continues to explore the sonic possibilities of his instrument in an adventurous and unconventional way. The album “is a self-questioning, self-examination of society and the meaning of sound”, describes the press release. “Batkovic questions the place of sound, clichés and prejudices, taking the listener on a journey through infinite universes of sound.”

Ahead of the album release, Batkovic has shared the first spellbinding single, ‘Chorea Duplex’, featuring James Holden. It comes with a video by Lukas Meier. Here it is.

Mixtape #91

The year is off to a wonderful start with our first mixtape coming from Bosnian-born and Swiss-based musician and composer Mario Batkovic, a virtuoso and adventurous accordion player. Mario dazzled us with his recent eponymous album, a beguiling, powerful and emotional work that ended up being one of our album picks for 2017. So we're ecstatic to unveil his mixtape, mirroring his array of influences, from classical and jazz to Balkan and experimental music. Press play and enjoy.

  1. Kaos – Plavo-sivo [Ne! Records]
  2. Rom Schaerer Eberle – Après nous le déluge
  3. Reverend Beat-Man – Don’t Stop To Dance [Voodoo Rhythm]
  4. Beak – Wulfstan II [Invada]
  5. Karlheinz Stockhausen – Studie II [Deutsche Grammophon]
  6. Ligeti – Atmospheres [WERGO]
  7. Ludwig Van Beethoven – Egmont Overture
  8. Paul Barton: Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in D minor
  9. Bijelo Dugme – Lipe cvatu, Sve Je Isto K’o I Lani [Diskoton /Kamarad]
  10. Prljavo kazaliste – Crno bijeli svijet [Suzy]