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"New polyrhythmic and psychedelic incarnation. Sounding like the music of forgotten people from Venus." (IRM)
It all began with Raz Ohara: His album 'Moksha' in February 2014 was the first release on Albumlabel, the new label from the Shitkatapult house at the time. Moksha, which blew away its audience and was so absolutely spot on, was never meant to dictate the direction of the new imprint in terms of content. In the end, the intention was and still is to impose as few ground rules as possible as to what is good for the ALB catalogue, now and always. Despite this, the album could be heard as a kind of label manifesto. Moksha demands attention and time. And this is precisely what the makers of Albumlabel are about: listening to records and having the composure and powers of concentration required to do so in these times of Internet-induced hyper-anxiety.
One year later, this is where Oliver Doerell aka Cummi Flu drops 'Z'. It is an entirely different kind of music from Moksha, less volatile and blurred, percussive and transparent instead. Yet it is an album that belongs right here on this label, one that demands time from its listener. Cummi Flu, who likes to generate percussion loops from the twangs of various rubber bands, creates loops with the help of all possible and impossible tone generators. What happens now when these complex, gyroscopic sounds are deflected and distorted, when you send them through the Raz Ohara grinder, so to speak? Gnawing tracks emerge from field recordings, acoustic instruments, synthesizers and kitchen utensils. Bizarre and fleeting.
The sound of CUMMI FLU/RAZ OHARA.
It appears that not only do Ohara and Doerell get along well, but they complement each other splendidly. Together they create an extremely fine psychedelia, a kind of dark psychedelic classicism or urban voodoo music. 'Y' is a jungle album for listeners to lose themselves in. For instance, we hear something that sounds like polyphonic, distorted whistling, but can't exactly be placed. And the fact is, it doesn't really matter. The longer you listen, the less you are interested in determining the origins of individual sounds. It's as if the sum of the music and its psychedelic effect mask all rational thought, as if the music takes over control.
Soul fragments, sung by Raz Ohara in his broken yet commanding style, waft around the extraterrestrial sound loops. Again comes the dark voodoo tapping, Ohara's sharp inhale, after which we immediately hear his voice creaking and scratching, maniacally, as if it were part of a cultish act. Various time signatures are intertwined, generating polyrhythmic infinity. And before the extremely filtered flute loops regain the upper hand, the music suddenly grabs your heart and moves you in the same way the soundtrack of your youth perhaps once did – the consequence of having taken the time, who knows.
CUMMI FLU is the latest incarnation of the ever-changing multimedia illusionist Oliver Doerell. Born in Brussels, he was the driving force behind the electronica projects Dictaphone and SWOD, and a sound box in Raz Ohara's Odd Orchestra. RAZ OHARA's dub-infused productions develop a distinctive sound flow. Ohara has already worked with countless artists and released on just as many labels. His tracks have been remixed by Pantha Du Prince, Noze & DOP, Apparat, NU, Acid Pauli and others.