Alif Tree

2009/02/21

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This French music alchemist is a self-pronounced DJ and cook, who sings, writes, plays guitars, pianos, percs and scratch samples, then records, mixes, remixes again and again and often speaks to himself as a fervent defender of acoustic sounds, from philharmonic music to pop via smoky nu-jazz, blues, melancholy emotions, that combine simple acoustic jazz elements with spacious, multi-dimensional, synthesized ambience and very mellow beats to world music. 

Alif Tree has navigated through the universe or recording-studios, sound-stages and television, as much as record-labels, for the past fifteen years. Sailing the seven seas of space in zero gravity, between trip-hop under classical influence, instrumental hip-hop and jazzy electronica.

Alif is today signed to the Munich based record label Compost, established by Michael Reinboth in 1994. In the words of the inimitable Gilles Peterson Compost is “the most consistent and forward thinking record label of continental Europe.

Alif Tree – Aurevoir from the album “Clockwork”

Alif Tree – Mai  from the album “Clockwork”

Alif Tree – Forgotten Places from the album “French Cuisine”

Alif Tree – Deadly Species from the album “French Cuisine”

Alif Tree – Duo Impropable from the album “Spaced”

Alif Tree – Hold Me Down from the album “Spaced”

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Black Ox Orkestar

2009/01/15

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Black Ox Orkestar is a European Jewish folk quartet of musicians from Montreal, Canada that formed in the summer of 2000 to explore their common Jewish heritage for sounds that could speak to them in the present. They are linked with so-called “New Jewish music”, resetting European Jewish folk ballads traditionally sung a cappella, by writing and performing new, political texts in Yiddish.

In so doing, the group celebrates Yiddish diasporic art as a living alternative to state culture in every form and as an alternative to holding Israel as the cultural and ideological Jewish center. They use Yiddish as a code meant for deciphering, a message from the recent past that, in their view, cautions against the separation of peoples. As a hybrid tongue, the group feels that Yiddish has never stood for disengagement and enclosure, but always thrived on contact and exchange. Indeed, much of the group’s music revolves around political statements. Singing in Yiddish becomes a celebration of their heritage and a rejection of the assimilation undergone by the Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants who spoke Yiddish, resulting in the language’s virtual extinction as a spoken or daily language outside Hassidic Jewish communities.

They’re the darkest, densest folk group around, but also they have blowed my mind and ears totally. This is for sure the best music i heard in a long long time!

Black Ox Orkestar – Papir Iz Dokh Vays from the album “Ver Tanzt?”

Black Ox Orkestar – Toyte Goyes In Shineln from the album “Ver Tanzt?”

Black Ox Orkestar – Shvartze Flamen, Vayser Fayer from the album “Ver Tanzt?”

Black Ox Orkestar – Bukharian from the album “Nisht Azoy”

Black Ox Orkestar – Ikh Ken Tsvey Zayn from the album “Nisht Azoy”

Black Ox Orkestar – Ratsekr Grec from the album “Nisht Azoy”