Congotronics International announced last month the release of a new collaborative album called Where’s The One?, featuring 21 concert recordings and studio tracks. The mighty supergroup comprising members of Konono Nº1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, and Skeletons’ Matthew Mehlan, had previously whetted our appetite with two thrilling singles, ‘Banza Banza’ and ‘Beyond The 7th Bend’. Ahead of the album’s release on April 29th through Crammed Discs, they give us today a new taste from the album with the title track, an exhilarating song featuring vocals in Songye language by Kasai Allstars and in English by Matt Mehlan [Skeletons], and also additional vocals by Molina, Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki and Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ Mariam Wallentin. The single is offered with a fittingly thrilling live video filmed at Roskilde Festival in 2011. Check it out below.
In other related news, Kasai Allstars will perform a one-off collaborative live show with Hot Chip titled ‘Hot Congotronics’ as part of this year’s Grace Jones-curated Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre on June 14th.
With a phenomenonal cast of musicians that includes members of Konono Nº1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, and Skeletons’ Matthew Mehlan, Congotronics International are nothing short of a mighty supergroup. April 29th will see the release of their new collaborative album, Where’s The One?, through Crammed Discs. In the works for eleven years, the album brings together 19 stellar musicians from four continents, who first recorded and played together for their 2011 Congotronics vs. Rockers tour. Featuring 21 concert recordings and studio tracks, Where’s The One? finds the multicultural ensemble explore and develop new idioms out of traditional Congolese music and experimental forms of rock and electronic music.
Ahead of the album’s release, Congotronics International are whetting our appetite with two thrilling singles, ‘Banza Banza’ and ‘Beyond The 7th Bend’. Take a listen now.
The wonderful multi-talented and multi-faceted artist Juana Molina is releasing ANRMAL, her first-ever live album. Just before lockdown, when much like everything else her European tour was cancelled, Molina performed at Mexico’s NRMAL Festival in early March. Luckily for us, that performance was recorded and arrives as a live album on October 23rd through Crammed Discs. ANRMAL features rearranged renditions of tracks from Molina’s previous albums, Halo, Wed 21 and Un día as well as from the Forfun EP. A staggering live version of ‘Eras’, lifted from 2013’s Wed 21, is now streaming. If you haven’t had a chance to see her live, this song will give an idea of what you’re missing out. Watch the accompanying live video made by Rarara below.
Juana Molina‘s wonderful album Halo, released in 2017, still has a total and timeless hold on us. Now that her upcoming European tour is sadly unlikely to go ahead for obvious reasons, the multi-talented and inventive artist is spreading a little joy with a surprise rendition of ‘Cara de Espejo’, lifted from Halo. The new version was recorded and filmed at her home studio near Buenos Aires, and directed by Alejo Moguillansky. Watch it below.
Released nearly a year ago, Juana Molina‘s wonderful album Halo has a total and timeless hold on us. The bewitching ‘Cosoco’, which served as the album’s first single, is now being offered with a wildly amusing video. Directed by herself, Alejandro Ros and Ian Kornfeld, the video has the usual dose of charming and comical weirdness she got us used to over the years. A multi-talented and multi-faceted artist, Molina can just about do anything and the video saw her revisit her 90’s popular sketch comedy show Juana y Sus Hermanas, where she played a bunch of sister characters, based on Argentinian stereotypes. Molina brings back to life her character Gladys the Beautician, and creates a new wacky one, Bigóteta, the fashion designer. In the works for months, the result is something you’ll want to watch more than once.
There’s less than two weeks to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.
Performing Sunday 12th November at TivoliVredenburg
Tune-Yards always screams fun. The duo of Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner hadn’t released an album in three years but we can rejoice, for they have a new record on the way. I can feel you creep into my private life is due out in January and they have already teased it with a sparkling single. Bringing their dance-inducing music to TivoliVredenburg on the last day of Le Guess Who?, the festival will undoubtedly close on an explosive high note. We’ve asked Nate what other bands he is looking forward to. Find out his recommendations below!
Performing Friday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart
Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.