Amsterdam five piece The Mauskovic Dance Band fuse no-wave dance punk, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and space disco on their eponymous debut album, out on Soundway now. The Mauskovic Dance Band reiterate their favourite elements of the 70s-80s legacy of the Afro-Latin psychedelic music of Colombia and Peru, interpreting it through the context of modern day Amsterdam.
‘Ambitions’ is Prins Thomas’ 6th album and his second solo album for Smalltown Supersound (plus two duo albums with Bjørn Torske and Bugge Wesseltoft). ‘Ambitions’ picks up from where he left off with ‘Principe Del Norte’ – still ambitious, but the tracks are shorter, more melodic and more concise.
“The sun rises, the sun sets. This collection of new songs wasn’t intended as an album at first. It gathers up loose ideas sketched down on my computer or hummed into my handheld recorder in the last 2 years with a shifting work environment, from hotel rooms in San Francisco, backstage in Osaka, on a plane from Miami to Chicago, my garden patio, and finally my B15 Studios in Asker.
The common thread was found later during overdubbing and reworking these sketches under the critical ears of label boss Joakim Haugland. Most of the tracks were finalized in the studio at the same time as my previous collaborative album with Bugge Wesseltoft. Bugge even kindly joins in on the album’s closing track “Sakral”.
Ambitions is my 6th album and I would like to thank the following people for their direct inspiration: Jon Christensen, Jaki Liebezeit, Haroumi Hosono, Daniel Lanois, Eberhard Weber, Shinichi Atobe and Ricardo Villalobos.”
Prins Thomas, February 2019
Conceived with a strong jazz-funk, fusion and boogie approach, the ‘Other Fantasy’ is the result of many recording sessions that took place in different places around Europe with an array of musicians. The record is conceptualised around the quest for Otherness in the schizophrenia of the digital age, and the resulting exotic dystopias which we are confronted with every day.
Gaijin Blues is Naphta and band mate Playstation Yoga Music’s tribute to Japanese pop culture, manga and video games. A blend between Japanese and Western music with live studio instruments; the EP is the result of tours to different regions of Japan and spending time in record shops, as well as playing classic RPGs.
‘La Cadenza’ is the third EP by Rudy’s Midnight Machine (aka Robin Lee from Faze Action) of slinky jazz, funk, disco and Balearic moves.