• Feeling free with Baal & Mortimer

    Mood Talk

    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.

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  • 9 albums for finding a new clarity by Sean Conrad

    Mood List

    Sean Conrad is an artist and musician based in Oakland, California. He predominantly records as Channelers and Ashan. He also recently started a collaborative duo with Michael Henning recording together as Skyminds. Next to making sounds for as long as he can remember, he also runs the Inner Islands label since 2014. Both as a creator and a curator, Sean is drawn to sharing honest and heartfelt sounds that are often peaceful, positive and inward-looking. They mostly find inspiration from the natural world and are rooted in improvisation which he once shared as “a pathway and a tool for delving into and revealing the inner world.”

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  • music as a form of meditation and healing with Noémi Büchi

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    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.

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  • delving into the rich world of overtones with Pak Yan Lau

    Mood Talk

    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.

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  • Lisa Lerkenfeldt’s 10 nightlife companions

    Mood List

    Lisa Lerkenfeldt is an Australian composer and multidisciplinary artist working in sound and performance. In this mood list, she revisits the long play albums that have moved and informed her in the lead up to producing her albums Collagen, A Liquor Of Daisies and A Garden Dissolves Into Black Silk. Each reveal a dedication to analogue manipulations, field work, the cinematic and long form minimal composition.

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  • bringing characters to life with park pardon

    Mood Talk

    Park Pardon is the whimsical world and creative playground of Bloeme van Bon and Geran Knol. Born out of their shared fascination for bringing characters to life, it is a collaborative project that brings their individual styles together to form a new narrative across drawing, publication and sculpture. Drawn to their vibrant and moody world, we teamed up with Park Pardon for a limited-edition series of 8 handmade papier-mâché masks inspired by the 8 moods we have in store. Titled ‘Stemmingswisselen’ which means ‘mood swings’ in Dutch, we feel it perfectly encapsulates the abstract expressions of their characters and the fleeting nature of our moods.

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  • elevating the everyday with alex chan of the shophouse

    Mood Talk

    THE SHOPHOUSE in Hong Kong is not your typical gallery. It’s a blank canvas. A vibrant hub that celebrates the prolific and exciting overlap between art, culture and the mundanities of everyday life. Intrigued by their unconventional approach, we spoke with THE SHOPHOUSE's founder Alex Chan to learn more about his inspirations and visions for the space. We couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with THE SHOPHOUSE for a series of playlists inspired by their upcoming exhibitions and a cherry-picked selection of records on display in their mezzanine study.

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  • 10 albums for flowing in the glow by Mark “Frosty” McNeill

    Mood List

    Mark “Frosty” McNeill is a DJ, radio producer, lecturer, sonic curator, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. At the heart of his sonic explorations is a resounding passion for sharing transcendent experiences with one another. Curious what mood and albums would speak to him, we asked Frosty to contribute to our mood list series. What he shares with us is a true glimpse of what his sonic explorations tend to be: grounded as they are otherworldly, connecting as they are personal.

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  • 12 earthy, organic and blissful record picks by e/tape

    Mood List

    As a DJ and musician, Eli has spent the last decade working on the sound archive of ambient music. Born in Slovenia but a true citizen of the world, he started the e/tape project out of his desire to expand his inner self and invite others to join him on these expanded states of consciousness. He strongly gravitates towards an electronic sound space that lies somewhere between the heavenly and the blissful. As Eli is equally passionate about using sound as a powerful tool to set the mood, we were naturally curious about what albums would float his boat.

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  • 7 albums for domestic hibernation by Jamison Isaak

    Mood List

    Since 2010, Jamison Isaak has been creating music under a multitude of different aliases. Whether it's the ambient-leaning synth pop sounds of Teen Daze, sun-drenched dance tracks of Pacific Coliseum, or the quiet and meditative folk songs as Two Bicycles, Jamison just never fails to set the mood with his melodic and atmospheric tracks. In this mood list, Jamison gravitates towards a sentiment that hits close to home.

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  • expressing one’s self through lines and symbols with Beatrice Gasca Queirazza

    Mood Board

    Our first mood board comes all the way from the capital city of Piedmont in Northern Italy. Beatrice Gasca Queirazza is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Turin. From an early age, she describes things that excite her with figures and lines. She shares: "symbols and music don't need words" and we couldn't agree more.

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  • reliving a long lost youth with pablo’s eye

    Mood Talk

    The 90s was undoubtedly a prolific decade for Pablo’s Eye. Aside from releasing six albums between 1989 and 1999, they were also heavily involved in many artistic projects where music meets architecture, video, theatre, dance and design. Curious to know more about the people behind the collective, we met Axel Libeert and Marie Mandi in their lovely apartment in the heart of Brussels for an inspiring evening filled with ruminations and insights into the unique world of Pablo’s Eye.

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  • 10 albums for a mild & placid evening by Daniel Jahn

    Mood List

    For our next mood list, we've invited one of our earliest supporters Daniel Jahn from the Hamburg-based label Bureau B. Aside from curating for Bureau B, Daniel is also a member of the unhappybirthday band. The trio revels in a deep sense of melancholy in their arsenal of dreamy, melodic yet ultimately upbeat and uplifting songs.

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  • taking snapshots of time with Celia Hollander

    Mood Talk

    Celia Hollander is a Los Angeles based artist and composer working with audio, scores, performance, installation and text. Intrigued by her fascination for space and time and also her ongoing list of questions, we set out to have a chat with her to have a glimpse into her unique approach to music making.

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  • playing exquisite corpse with Cucina Povera

    Mood Talk

    Our next mood talk brings us all the way to Finland where we spoke with Maria Rossi about how she found inspiration in the simplicity of Italian cooking and the joys of playing exquisite corpses with artists that have seemingly different approaches.

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  • Kong’s 7 record picks for gentle mornings

    Mood List

    Passionately spreading the real house sound for longer than anyone can remember, Koen Galle is one of the most industrious tastemakers of Belgium’s scene. Aside from his close relationship with the capital’s paramount underground club C12, he's been relentlessly busy unearthing many stories about the rich Belgian electronic music and vinyl culture scene. As a thriving creature of the night, we're mostly curious about how Koen spends his mornings.

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  • ruminating about the meaning of music with Roméo Poirier

    Mood Talk

    Hailing from Strasbourg, Roméo Poirier had always been making music as long as he can remember. He currently lives in Brussels, so we met up with him for a chat where we talked about his fascination for water, his love for languages, and his never-ending quest for music. Though much of the conversation was dominated by buzzing wasps, it didn’t stop Roméo from sharing what’s on his mind.

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  • a juggling act with Jeroen De Wandel

    Mood Talk

    For Jeroen De Wandel, the juggle is real. On top of his 9-5 corporate job, he also does a weekly radio show for Urgent.fm, runs a label called Icarus, programs concerts for Democrazy, all while slowly building his art career. It’s a handful, isn’t it? But Jeroen makes it all look so easy.

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  • spreading the love for vinyl with Tessa Pals and Marlein Parlevliet

    Mood Talk

    What started out as a record store that combined art, design and music in Utrecht has now grown into a strong network of over 800 retailers in 28 European countries. With their wide portfolio of record players, record accessories and record storage, all Tessa and Marlein want to do really is to make it fun, affordable and easy to play analog music & start a vinyl collection.

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  • proudly waving the genre-free flag with Matthewdavid

    Mood Talk

    Inspired by the quirky and magical universe Leaving Records has created, we couldn’t be happier to have a chat with Leaving founder Matthew David McQueen to learn more about the strong LA music community, the magic of sample-based music, and the joys and rigors of running a genre-free label.

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  • Jeffrey Silverstein’s top 10 albums for recentering

    Mood List

    Jeffrey Silverstein is a musician, writer, and special education teacher living and working in Portland, Oregon. He recently put out his debut album inspired by the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, mindfulness meditation, long-distance running and his work as a teacher. We asked Jeffrey to share with us a mood list that captures the mood he was in when he recorded the album.

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  • take off your cool: herb sundays with Ghostly

    Mood List

    We invited Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV to share with us a mood list. Inspired by his ongoing #HerbSundays playlist featuring music he’s collected under the simple intention of deep enjoyment — “dedicated to post-ironic listening habits for deep enjoyment. Complete albums enjoyed without fear of reproach or judgment, often obvious or in plain sight.” — Sam shares with us a sampler that is undeniably a reflection of Ghostly’s genre-less philosophy. Enjoy!

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  • navigating the in-betweens with Karl Henkell of Record Culture Magazine

    Mood Talk

    As we constantly find ourselves dabbling in the space between music, design, culture and lifestyle, we feel a strong pull towards concepts and endeavors that resonate with this mindset. Record is an independent music publication that highlights unique music subcultures and communities around the world - but it's more than that. Music is just a starting point for Record and simply a lens to see the world.

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  • floating between sips and sounds with Griet Priem

    Mood Talk

    After experiencing the wonderful art of wine making during harvest season, where Griet got absorbed by the microcosmos between her and the vines, she started SIP - a natural wine shop with selections that suit all emotions. As we have a soft spot of working together with likeminded locals who share our love for good music and mood setting, we couldn’t resist working together.

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  • moving on and feeling good with Michael Hentz

    Mood List

    Hailing from Los Angeles, Michael Hentz is an all-round creative. He's an avid collage maker, he runs the limited tape label auasca out of Brooklyn & Los Angeles, he is guitarist and vocalist for the Secret Flowers Band and he also airs a monthly radio show called Quietudes with George Jensen on Dublab. With the year coming to an end, we asked Michael to capture his current mood in to a mood list.

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  • finding beauty in impermanence with Ann Vincent

    Mood Talk

    As we love to set the mood, we teamed up with Ghent-based multidisciplinary artist Ann Vincent to complement a few of our favorite records with her handmade candles. With their organic shapes and soft earthy tones, they almost look too perfect to burn. But the magic is in the burning.

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  • embracing brokenness with Dauw and Skrew Studio

    Mood Talk

    Dauw is a Ghent-based label that draws its main inspirations from nature and imperfection. This seeps in through the music as well as the visual elements of the label — forming a strong marriage between different art forms. The result: unique handmade pieces of art that flatter both the ear and the eye.

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  • using music to express a strong fascination for nature with r beny

    Mood Talk

    Our next mood talk takes us all the way to San Jose in California. We spoke with Austin Cairns who releases music under the pseudonym r beny. After his first encounter with a synthesizer a few years ago, he started a YouTube channel focused on gear tutorials. That gave him the platform to share the music he makes and loves, which is greatly inspired by the surrounding forests and the nearby ocean.

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  • reinterpreting music for a new generation with Nosedrip

    Mood Talk

    Long before the rise of online multimedia radio platforms as we know it, Ziggy Devriendt, aka Nosedrip, already dabbled with an experimental radio show that combined visual art with music that falls between the cracks. It was an innovation at that time, the first of its kind in Belgium and a foretaste of what was yet to come.

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  • leading parallel lives with Gigi Masin

    Mood Talk

    Our next mood talk takes us all the way to floating city of Venice, home of well-respected Italian composer Gigi Masin. In the last five years, Gigi has been making waves in the ambient music scene touring the world both as solo musician and as a member of Gaussian Curve, a trio with Jonny Nash and Young Marco. Yet Gigi is no stranger to making music.

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  • Grykë Pyje on building a mystical world through email

    Mood Talk

    We sat together with Johannes (Baldruin) and Jani (Uton) to get an insight on their collaborative project Grykë Pyje. With their latest joint album Collision And Coalescence released on the Slovenian label mappa, they've created an intriguing set of recordings that go way beyond typical song structures and sound more akin to vibrant field recordings made on a mystical, otherworldly world.

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  • tearing down musical borders with Hidden Harmony Recordings

    Mood Talk

    This mood talk takes us all the way to Tallinn, Estonia. We spoke with Valentin, a dedicated record collector, globetrotter and driving force behind the recently-launched Hidden Harmony Recordings. The artists featured in the label’s roster so far hail from Canada, Russia and Argentina. A proof that music knows no borders.

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  • lifting the spirits with Maria Teriaeva

    Mood Talk

    For our next mood talk, we spoke with Siberian-born, Moscow-based musician and composer Maria Teriaeva. This summer, she has released her second album called Conservatory of Flowers. The album is the culmination of a three-year-long period of experimentation with the revered Buchla instrument. We talk about her inspirations for the album and got a sneak peek to her record collection.

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  • Le Motel’s top 10 all-time favorite contemplative albums

    Mood List

    Hailing from Brussels, Fabien Leclercq – a.k.a. Le Motel – has been a driving force of the Belgian underground scene. He put together a mood list of his top 10 all-time favorite contemplative albums.

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  • navigating the musical panorama with Stefan Schneider

    Mood Talk

    Our next mood talk takes us all the way to Düsseldorf. We spoke with Stefan Schneider, the driving force behind multi-faceted label TAL who also makes music himself as Mapstation. With TAL, Stefan has literally travelled all around the world in search for sound.

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  • living the garage band dream with Suzanne Kraft

    Mood Talk

    We spoke with Diego Herrera about his dreams of being in a band and how much of the music he makes is driven simply by his desire to experiment and try new things. We have much to thank dublab for paving the path. Since then, it’s been surely a hell of a ride.

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  • talking about memories and landscapes with Mary Lattimore

    Mood Talk

    Making music out of landscapes and memories, Mary expresses all sorts of moods with her harp, almost making it sound like a language of its own. Her dream is to score a full-length film and one day we’re already looking forward to her collaboration with William Basinski.

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  • stealing conversations with Richard Greenan

    Mood Talk

    Meet Richard Greenan, passionate radio host and driving force behind Kit Records, an eclectic and playful label hailing from London. We talk about his undying love for radio and community, seagulls wrecking chaos in town and stealing conversations.

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  • exploring the space between the dancefloor and the living room with Ruben Verkuylen

    Mood Talk

    Meet Ruben Verkuylen of BAKK, the Dutch label behind the intriguing Plafond series. We talked about rain, music and seroendeng among others.

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