Mixtape #93

Based in Brussels, the mysteriously masked quartet that is Why The Eye? craft themselves unconventional instruments out of apparently random objects, then use them to perform their music. And what music! A trance inducing combination of relentless polyrhythmic grooves, frenetic analogue glitches and distorted squeals, the band's eponymous first album which came out last year immediately turned us into avid fans. So in a bid to uncover what inspires this tribal and celebratory feel, we had Why The Eye? summon this month's mixtape and out of thin air, here it is!

  1. The Residents – The moles are coming [Ralph Records]
  2. Erika Sulzmann (1959) – Percussions and vocals from Maï Ndombe Lake (Congo)
  3. Plasticman – Kriket [NovaMute]
  4. Esplendor Geométrico – Es Inaudito [Linea Alternativa / Geometrik]
  5. Francis Bebey – Di Saegi [Born Bad Records]
  6. Aphex Twin – Fz Pseudotimestretch+e+3 [Warp]
  7. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – Help i’m a Rock [Verve Records]
  8. Badawi – Dance of the Centipedes [Reachout International Records]
  9. Gede Manik – Bereta Yuda [Disjuncta]
  10. Miles Davis – Rated-X [Columbia / CBS]
  11. James Brown – Since You’ve Been Gone [Polydor]
  12. T.K. Ramamoorthy – Rasikapriya [The Gramophone Company Of India Ltd. / EM Records]
  13. The Junkman (Donald Knaack) – Abracadabra
  14. Liquid Liquid – Cavern [99 Records]

Why The Eye? release self titled debut album

We came across the tribal, propulsive and hypnotic sounds of Brussels’ Why The Eye? at the tail end of last year and we’re picking their eponymous album to start 2018 on a high. An unconventional and quirky band known for their musically and visually ecstatic live shows, Why The Eye?’s music brims with mystery and celebration, with its four masked members playing only home-made instruments, like the microdrukit, the lamellophone or the likembe. For a taste of their paleo-futuristic techno, take a listen to ‘Plastique’ and ‘Free Gluten’ now.

Why The Eye?’s self-titled debut album is out now through Angstrom and Plynt on all usual formats and also in the form of a specially brewed ale with a download code, available only at their shows. If you’re near Brussels, don’t miss them at Brass on February 15th.