Belgium based label, Crammed Discs HAVE SIGNED French experimental pop band, Aquaserge to their eclectic roster. Aquaserge will release their new Guerre EP (“War…Read More
Crammed Discs is an independent record label whose output blends world music, rock, pop, and electronica. Based in Brussels, Belgium, Crammed was founded in 1980 by Marc Hollander of Aksak Maboul and has since released over 300 albums and 250 singles, working with artists from all over the world (from Western Europe and the US to the Balkans and North & Central Africa, from South America to the Middle East and Japan). Crammed Discs is run by Marc Hollander (A&R) with Hanna Gorjaczkowska (marketing, distribution & art direction) and Vincent Kenis (producer, director of the Congotronics Series).
Marc Hollander and Crammed Discs received the WOMEX award in 2004 at the World Music Expo international music trade fair, for being “one of the seminal players on the world music field.”. However, the label has always systematically worked with electronic music, indie pop and rock artists, and “doesn’t see itself as a world music label: it just happens to enjoy working with artists from around the world, some of whom sing in languages other than English” (as stated in the label’s manifesto). Crammed has been described as “one of the most boldly eclectic independent labels around” (Pitchfork), as “innovative and groundbreaking”  and “visionary” a.o. for steadily avoiding to confine its roster “to one, potentially homogeneous category” and encouraging artists with plural identities to create new forms of music.
Crammed Discs’ latest signings include Chicago band Allá, indie pop act Lonely Drifter Karen (from Vienna and Barcelona), London-based Moroccan electronic artist U-cef, Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, musician/composer/producer Mocky, Belgian band Hoquets, Belgo-Congolese rapper Baloji, Belgian-Colombian band La Chiva Gantiva, French-American artist Maïa Vidal, US bands Skeletons & Megafaun (which are both handled by Crammed in Europe) and, most recently, South African/Dutch duet SKIP&DIE and Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan.
In 2011, Crammed Discs celebrated its 30th anniversary by setting up the Congotronics vs Rockers project, a “superband” including ten Congolese and ten indie rock musicians (including members of Konono No1, Deerhoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Kasai Allstars, Skeletons, Juana Molina and Vincent Kenis), who collaborated to create a common repertoire and performed at 15 major festivals and venues in ten countries.
Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment. Her father, a revered tango singer/composer and her mother a talented actress. Molina took up guitar at age five and was exposed to her parent’s extensive record collection. Following,Read More
Born in Argentina, Juana Molina grew up in a musical environment. Her father, a revered tango singer/composer and her mother a talented actress. Molina took up guitar at age five and was exposed to her parents’ extensive record collection.Read More