Mixtape #154

We love Don Kapot, the explosive and exhilarating Brussels-based trio of Giotis Damianidis (bass), Viktor Perdieus (baritone saxophone) and Jakob Warmenbol (drums), all three key players in the vibrant Belgian jazz scene. They have crushed it again this year, spiraling skywards with their fourth album, I Love Tempo, an intoxicating opus blending elements of free jazz, afrobeat, and krautrock, fizzing with both groove and virtuosity and driven by an unabashed punk spirit. What a better way to go out this year than with this rad mix Don Kapot put together for us. Press play and get into their headspace!

  1. Don Cherry – Brown Rice [EMI]
  2. Micachu & The Shapes – Golden Phone [Rough Trade]
  3. Jaimie Branch – Take Over The World [International Anthem]
  4. Duke Ellington – The Mooche [OKeh Records]
  5. Deerhoof – The Japanese Monster Mash [Joyful Noise Recordings]
  6. Satanique Samba Trio – Badtriptronics #8 [Rebel Up Records]
  7. Chico Buarque – Construção [Philips]
  8. Steve Reich – Piano Phase (excerpt) [WERGO]
  9. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra – Movement 1 [Luaka Bop]
  10. Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia [Rykodisc]
  11. Satanique Samba Trio – Badtriptronics #45 [Rebel Up Records]
  12. Ennio Morricone – La classe operaia va in paradiso [RCA]
  13. Naked City – Batman [Nonesuch / Elektra]
  14. Fela Kuti – Shakara [EMI]

Don Kapot tease upcoming album with new single and title track ‘I Love Tempo’

Photo: Davide Belotti

There’s just over a week to go until Don Kapot release their much-anticipated fourth album I Love Tempo. After sharing the album’s opening track, ‘Me Pig’, and the ecstatic ‘Macarona’, the Brussels based threesome are ramping up the excitement with the third single and title track ‘I Love Tempo’. Strap yourself in for a wild ride.

I Love Tempo is out on September 15th through W.E.R.F. Records

Listen to Don Kapot’s second single, ‘Macarona’, off forthcoming LP I Love Tempo

Don Kapot are back with a new proof of their infectious and buoyant sounds and rhythms, with their fourth album. Entitled I Love Tempo, it arrives on September 15th through W.E.R.F. Records. For their new opus, with nods to free jazz, afrobeat and krautrock served with an unabashed punk spirit, the Brussels based power trio of Giotis Damianidis (bass), Viktor Perdieus (baritone saxophone) and Jakob Warmenbol (drums) enlisted Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) for mixing and production duties. The upcoming I Love Tempo saw Don Kapot expand their sound palette and add new instruments including keyboards and sampling, with groove remaining at the core of it all.

Following the album’s opening track ‘Me Pig’, Don Kapot have shared a new ecstatic single from the album called ‘Macarona’. Speaking about the track, the trio comments:

“Our New single, Macarona, came to life during one of the strangest times in all of our lives, the pandemic. Kind of in secret, we wrote Macarona together amidst isolation, cancelled concerts and uncertain perspectives. The song starts blasting out a rush of anger and frustration, but as it progresses, it attempts to zoom out an put things into perspective.”

Listen to both tracks below.