The first solo album from Michel Banabila is an interesting one to say the least. Taking samples from the streets and buildings of Rotterdam and integrating them into his own diverse musical soundscapes he delivers a personal voyage deserving of quite some merit. 'Milos Came By' provides a curiously skilfull corssbreeding of sampled voice snaps and funky trip-hop style beats while the metal beat of 'Voiz III' provides a solid backdrop for the stylised synth tones that effectively lead the listener into a variety of hallucinatory destinations. Elsewhere, 'Streets Of SAM City' provides a bustling, sample-smacking commentary through sound on urban life. Despite having 20 tracks, none lasting much more than three minutes the album curiously manages to remain both cohesive and varied but not consistently enjoyable enough to reach out and really grab you. I am often left wondering exactly where 'Urban Sound Scapes' will find it's audience. For all it's divergent vocal experimentalism it doesn't seem to fit in anywhere, which could be construed as the highest testament you could make to an undoubted highly creative individual like Banabila.

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.