Eclectic, trip-hop and jazzy experiments: VoizNoiz: Urban Soundscapes is an eclectic and unusual collection of twenty grooving experimental songs. Leader and visionary, Michel Banabila, is joined by an eight piece Rotterdam musicians collective who collaborate on many of the tracks. The foundation for the songs are voices recorded from the streets and buildings in Rotterdam, Holland and Yemen. Then the samples are warped, compartmentalized, and united with unusual sounds, random rhythms, and laid back beats and melodies. The results are exotic ethnic sounds merged with modern urbanism in unexpected and pleasing ways. Never settling in one defined style, VoizNoiz: Urban Soundscapes takes many twists and turns, as on the experimental drum & bass on "Streets of SAM City," the slinky hip-hop beats with cool jazzy live attitude on "Adventures of Bob Baddoubah," and the Art of Noise-esque "Voiz Ill." Despite the wide variation of sounds explored, all the tracks work together to paint an interesting mosaic of warped vocals, pulsing beats, and warm grooves. Also, since most of the tracks clock in at under three minutes, the soundscapes never drag on beyond their welcome. At times quirky and others ultra hip, Banabila will take you on a completely enthralling trip that is worth revisiting on many occasions. (Octavia)

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.