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Contrasting directions from techno to modern tribal, the Rob(u)rang project deals in experimentation, repetition, and the use of rhythm boxes. Gabriel Séverin initiated Rob(u)rang in 2000, but has only released handful of albums since. Here, Séverin draws his inspiration from yorùbá spells (collected in Nigeria and Benin) initially designed to cure diseases or solve problems. The results resemble raw Afro-rock full of lively percussion (warming up the chill of drum machines) led by a possessed, trance-inducing voice. Now and then, lighter moments and dub-like surprises pop up, pleasantly cooling things down before entering the next entranced state. On this recording Séverin is assisted by a few multi-instrumentalist friends: Xavier Klaine (Winter Family) on organs, Alain Lefebvre (Digital Dance, The Durutti Column, Tuxedomoon) on percussion, Quentin Hanon (aka Johnny Superglu, Fan Club Orchestra) on bass and guitar, Gil Mortio (Joy As A Toy, collaborator of Pierre Vervloesem) on bass and guitar, Laurène Laroche (Babelouze) on flute, and Céline Mouffe on clarinet. The booklet contains all the texts in yorùbá with their English translations.

Gabriel Séverin (born 1963) is a founder and member of a string of bands including Ultraphonist, Babils, Dead Hollywood Stars, Jardin d'Usure, Logatomistes, Moonsanto, Silk Saw, and more. Séverin explores several musical styles and various artistic disciplines. He is fascinated by obscure avant-gardes (in 2009 he released an album of his own interpretations of raw literature and writers like Henri Michaux). He works as a mastering engineer for several labels and records, mixes, and produces many artists.

Rob(u)rang: Ofo

Le lion et la gazelle Rob(u)rang 9' 25''
Oogun ero Rob(u)rang 5' 14''
Begin to understand Rob(u)rang 3' 54''
Ajidewe Rob(u)rang 10' 01''
Les puisatiers Rob(u)rang 4' 50''
Ose ti omode ki fi sunkun loru Rob(u)rang 5' 53''
Oogun eti didi Rob(u)rang 6' 19''
Idaabobo oba lowo iku Rob(u)rang 10' 00''
Oogun efori Rob(u)rang 5' 09''

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