Spanish musician, composer, and producer Suso Saiz needs no introduction in the world of minimal and experimental electronic music. Since the late 1970’s, Suso has been guided by an insatiable curiosity for the (sonic) world around him, engendering an ever-evolving and ever-expansive sound palette. While his inspirations and techniques may have changed over the years, this exploratory sensibility has been the benchmark throughout his musical career.
Lieven Martens is an Antwerp-based composer with a knack for storytelling. He greatly enjoys weaving narratives into field recordings, transforming the most mundane sounds into full-fledged pieces of music. Bringing scenes to life with a focus on nature and remote cultures, Lieven’s music invites you to rethink everyday sounds and open yourself to deep listening in places you would least expect.
Razen is the playground of Brussels-based Brecht Ameel and Kim Delcour.
Together with an ever-shifting ensemble of musicians, they employ a wide array of ancient and sometimes unusual instruments to create emotive music that can’t easily be put into scores. Deviating from the comfortable confines of notes and rhythms, they turn to colors, texture and composition like painters do.
Engrossed with their latest album, we recently met the duo in an old and charming café in the heart of Brussels to get a glimpse of their universe.
Squama is a Munich-based label run by Martin Brugger, producer and founder of jazz quintet Fazer, and Maximilian Schachtner, head of design and founder of Daily Dialogue. Together, they have distilled a unique identity for Squama that carries over across their musical production and visual communication.
Fabienne and Claudio are the founders of Kikubari and they recently started a new chapter for the project, moving to Switzerland under the new name, KIKU KIKU. Inspired by the magic that unfolds from attentive presence, the store is named after the Japanese word for “to listen.” In the spirit of listening and exchange, we are happy to collaborate with Fabienne and Claudio for their first collection titled ‘Unfolding’, selecting music for their store that fits with the theme. We are also happy to carry a handpicked selection of their favorite rituals in store.
Happy to have their botanical infusions and teas in store, we invited Anna Morton of Leaves and Flowers to share with us her journey into botanicals, the process of developing the infusions, and the humble sanctity of everyday tea rituals. Anna offers a rich perspective on the world of teas, and as a natural extension, mindfulness and presence.
‘The Side I Never See’ is a shimmering suite of ten compositions for piano, saxophone, synthesizer and guitar by Hugh Small and Brian Allen Simon.
An improvised recording of Brian playing over the Vazz piece ‘Kazimierz’ kickstarted this long-distance collaboration.
Curious to dive deeper into this intriguing backstory, we spoke with Hugh and Brian about their collaboration. More than just learning about the making of this beautiful album, what we were heartwarmingly delighted to discover is a mutual respect between two musicians who just recently met online and live 6,000 miles apart.
Baal & Mortimer is more than just a project by Alexandra Grübler. It’s an unbounded universe. A probe into the concrete possibilities between tone and image, language and body, research and movement. In 2020, Baal & Mortimer released their debut album ‘Deixis’, followed up with an EP called ‘Torso Tapes’ released on Italic early this year. Both albums combine sensible atmospheric synthesizer sounds with downtempo rhythms and choir-like voices. Although there’s more to the music than how it sounds. These sonic explorations do not only wrestle with themes of autonomy, language, and identity; they also form an arresting, ever-evolving narrative teeming with equal bouts of expression and resistance. Yet, sound is just one outlet for Alexandra Grübler. Movement, poetry and dance also inform the universe of Baal & Mortimer. Like different parts forming one whole, they’re also German, English, machine, human, male, female, ancient and now.
Noémi Büchi stumbled upon her parents’ ancient, unused and out-of-tune piano at a very young age, and it was clear from her first keystroke that music would always be a part of her. Intrigued to learn more about her creation process, we spoke with Noémi about her triggers, inspirations and what’s next.
Pak Yan Lau is a Brussels-based artist with a relentless curiosity for sound in all its different forms and possibilities. In the recent years, Pak Yan grew particularly fond of toy pianos and the rich harmonic overtones they produce. This led to the creation of the Book of Toy, which is part of a wooden object trilogy she released on Silent Water in 2015. Taking her fascination for these unconventional instruments to the next level, Pak Yan recently started a fresh new ensemble where they delve and dig deep into the sound spectrum of detuned toy pianos, secondhand gong rods, metal tubes and ring modulators. The result of their sonic exploration is Bakunawa, a spellbinding album released on Belgian label Cortizona.