In these trying times, where intimacy and closeness are fraught with danger, Dans Dans (Dance Dance) brings you the sound of connection, communication, passion and togetherness.
Dans Dans unites the talents of three of Belgium’s most prolific music makers in Bert Dockx (Flying Horseman), Fred ‘Lyenn’ Jacques (Lyenn, Lanegan band) and Steven Cassiers (Dez Mona, DAAU). An utterly unique musical collective, the trio are set to release new album ‘Zink’ on the 23rd April via Ghent based independent, Unday Records.
From jazz, psychedelic blues and ecstatic noir soundtracks to spacey rock ‘n’ roll, Dans Dans cut their teeth on the cool jazz café scene in Flanders, Brussels with their sensational live performances and have since gone on to become a mainstay on the flourishing Belgian musical landscape.
Releasing their self-produced, eponymous debut album back in 2012, their highly distinctive, intuitive mix of musical styles and their ever-imaginative live shows caught the attention of discerning music lovers, journalists and promoters. A relatively unknown tour de force outside the Benelux region, Dans Dans have built a solid fan base since their inception with limited edition runs of early releases becoming collector’s items among vinyl enthusiasts.
Well-received appearances at Cactus Festival, North Sea Jazz and Pukkelpop, as well as Gent Jazz, Ljubljana Jazz and Jazz Middelheim have confirmed their reputation as one of the most unique and exciting bands to come out of Belgium. In recent years, the group has been touring throughout Europe, garnering enthusiastic reactions beyond the Belgian borders as well. There’s a case to be made that Dans Dans even played a key role in breaking down the wall between the Belgian jazz scene and the pop/rock circuit (years before pop journalists began referring to a New Wave of Belgian Jazz).
Opening with the moody noir rhythms of ‘Cinder Bay’, Dans Dans look to construct their own musical universe across ‘Zink’. ‘Naiad’ unfolds into a devastating explosion of heavy feedback and wild, crashing drums before subtle electronica and baroque art-rock collide on ‘Anemone’ giving a good indication of Dans Dans’ eclecticism. There’s unquestionably a deep, underlying filmic beauty to the music, an evolving darkness and a perpetual sense of dread and paranoia. Elsewhere, ‘Ravine’ is intoxicating, provocative and uncompromising while the beatific ‘Shell Star’ is an infectious exploration of hypnotic grooves, atmospheric sounds and mind-bending melodies.
Producer Christine Verschorren
(Philippe Catherine, Ivan Paduart) accentuates the music’s wondrous fluidity
throughout ‘Zink’; the intriguing interplay; the subtle ties; the deep
layering. Musical styles and influences are being blended organically and
sublimated into what can only be called Dans Dans-music. “This is no fusion, no
rock or jazz or ambient. This is the sound of the searching, intuitive human;
of a timeless, mysterious dream; of the heart, the gut and the soul,” says
Listen to ‘Cinder Bay’.
Unday Records will release Zink on April 23th, 2021.
The album is inspired by the popularity of clairvoyants following WW1 and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, with Mills believing such figures could offer the possibility of hope and closure.
Mills has provided specific listening instructions for the record:
“The album plays in the way of a metaphysical seance and should be listened to in a darkened, candle lit room. A silent space, free of outside noise, chatter or talking and other visual distractions. The album should be listened in full – from beginning to end”
The track “The Feeling Anything Is Possible” from “The Clairvoyant”.
A1. The Séance A2. Psuedoscience B1. Second Sight B2. Someone Who Feels Things B3. Calling All Loved Ones C1. Shadow With A Golden Aurra C2. I Feel A Presence C3. Three Signs From The Other Side_ Sign 1 D1. Three Signs From The Other Side_ Sign 2 D2. Three Signs From The Other Side_ Sign 3 E1. Questions Decisions And Consequences E2. The Feeling Anything Is Possible F1. Dancing Shadows F2. Ganzfeld Experiments F3. The Spirit World *16. From The Mind’s Eye
16 is a bonus track for digital only
Axis will release The Clairvoyant on February 26th, 2021
Created in Brussels in 2015, Azmari is a weaving musical odyssey that expertly fuses ethiogroovee, dub, psychfunk and eastern sounds.
Their debut on Sdban Ultra, ‘Samā’ī’ is described as “a deeply hypnotic experience where mesmerizing rhythms and winding improvisations send the listener into a higher state of consciousness, taking inspiration from artists such as Okay Temiz, Mulatu Astatke, Cymande, Fela Kuti and The Heliocentrics.”
We are very excited to announce 2 new releases, each highlighting a distinctive musical style from the rich musical heritage of Greece. The music on these recordings is almost completely unknown outside of Greece and relatively unexplored by non-Greek listeners. A few years ago, when we got attracted by these sounds, a new and exciting musical universe revealed itself to us. These albums serve as an introduction to these unexplored sounds.
Ena Tefariki is a compilation with various artists from the Greek pop movement of the 60s and early 70s called ‘laika’. Divine Reeds by Tassos Chalkias are some of the most outstanding ‘epirotika’ recordings, psychedelic folk which might please both folk and jazz aficionados.
Booklets with illustrated liner notes will take you back to Greece in the 60s and 70s, a time when the Greek music industry achieved creative and commercial heights. The liner notes are the result of extended research over the past few years.
Radio Martiko will release Ena Tefariki (1961-1973) and Divine Reeds (Athens 1966-1967) on February 1, 2021
Having gotten down and dirty with the X-rated Belgian club tunes of Erotique New Beats, Musique Pour La Danse stick with the late 1980s and jump from the continental mainland to Sheffield for a quick dip in the city’s bustling early bleep scene. Ozone compiles the stellar recordings of local legends Ozone Recordings, each track a vintage coalescence of rave, acid and techno sure to whet any DJ and electronic music historian’s appetite.
We begin with the laser-focused rave atmospherics of
Count Zero’s ‘Silent Prayer #1’, which reverberate throughout the minimal acid
hits of Success’ ‘Tripwire (Deep Bass Strip Down Acid)’ and New Age
Technology’s bleep classic ‘New Age Technology II’
A1. Count Zero – Silent Prayer #1 A2. Zone – Eternal #2 A3. Success – Tripwire (Deep Bass Strip Down Acid) B1. New Age Technology – New Age Technology II B2. Trak 1 – For This II B3. Count Zero – Positive Nuisance #1
Musique Pour La Danse will release Ozone Recordings on January 22, 2021
Mills and Dary began working together while the former was working with Tony Allen on their collaborative album Tomorrow Comes The Harvest, with the duo recording new album Counter Active over the course of a year in studios across Paris.
Their aim for Counter Active was to record as spontaneously as possible, with no MIDI connection or computers used during the album’s production process.
Keyboards/ Synthesizer: Jean-Phi Dary Drum Machine /Synthesizer: Jeff Mills Guitar (on track A): Herve Samb Recorded at Studio Ferber, One Two Pass It, Midilive Studios, MKD Studio, Paris Studio Engineers: Guillaume DuJardin (Studio Ferber), Laurent de Boisgisson (One two pass it), Hugo Bracchi (Midilive), Mixing Engineer: Steve Kovacs Co-Mixing Engineer: Jeff Mills Produced by Axis Records and Many Kind Designs All compositions are written by Jeff Mills and Jean-Philippe Dary.
Axis Records will release Counter Active on February 12th, 2021.