In the spring of 1977, two young Belgian musicians who call themselves Aksak Maboul (aka Marc Hollander & Vincent Kenis) set out to record an album, Onze danses pour combattre la migraine, in which they playfully fused and deconstructed all kinds of genres to create their own musical world. Three years later, Hollander founded the Crammed label. Many ingredients came in and out of the Aksak blender : fake jazz, electronics, imaginary African & Balkan music, minimalism… there were even pre-techno aspects such in as Saure Gurke and its characteristic keyboard stab pattern which will mysteriously find its way into many classic Detroit techno tracks some ten years later. Onze Danses became a cult album, and seems retrospectively to have mapped out the way for the various directions which have been explored by Crammed during the next two decades.
The album has been described as an assortment of musical sushis, which exudes peculiar charm and takes the listener through an wide scope of atmospheres, with mischievous winks to Thelonious Monk, Robert Wyatt, Satie, Ellington, Nino Rota, Eric Dolphy, Kraftwerk, Ravel and the American Minimalists; tributes to Pygmy, Berber and Romanian Gypsy music; primitive drum machines and demented “human sequencer” organ lines, along with assorted snatches of fake ethnic, fake jazz or fake classical music.
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