My pick for the week is VoizNoiz: Urban Sound Scapes, an adventurous sound collage from sound artisan Michel Banabila and his Rotterdam collaborative in Holland. This wet, funky electronica-based watercolor is simply dripping with melodic tones, samples and snippets, reminiscent of Jean Michel Jarre's Zoolook masterpiece from 1977. Just as Jarre sampled animal noises and 25 spoken languages for the Cubist threads of his electric growl, Banabila has similarly collected found sounds recorded on the streets and inside the stations of Yemen and Holland. The treated languages and calliope circles roll and undulate into a mesmerizing Trip Hop listening experience that's rather cinematic, tipping its European hat fondly to Brian Eno and David Byrne's My Life In The Bush of Ghosts and Yellow Magic Orchestra, Laurie Anderson, and Little Wolf. This new release, from the wonderfully quirky Tone Casualties label, is worth searching for and highly recommended (John M. James)


VoizNoiz UrbanSoundScapes

Music composer & sound artist. Michel Banabila releases music since 1983 and has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, video art, theatre plays & choreographies. His music varies from minimal loop-based electronica, 4th world and neoclassical pieces, to drones, experimental ambient, and punk-as-fuck tape music. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and internet.

Bureau B, Eilean Rec, Séance Centre, Pork Recordings, Tone Casualties, Challenge Records, Steamin' Soundworks, Knekelhuis, Tapu Records.