In mid-2004, the first “official” album by Konono N°1 inaugurated the “ Congotronics ” series, a collection brought about by Belgian label Crammed and curated by producer Vincent Kanis. The project was born with the aim of giving visibility to a number of musicians from Congo, who one day decided to electrify their instruments and, consequently, to open a wide range of new possibilities to reinterpret their musical roots. Since then, the series has produced six albums that have introduced us to such alluring bands as Kasai Allstars, Staff Benda Bilili, Sobanza Mimanisa, Kisanzi Congo, Masanka Sankayi, Basokin and the aforementioned Konono N°1.
Following up the recent “ Congotronics Vinyl Box Set”, Crammed now presents a new collective album gathering 26 tracks which demonstrate how fertile the collision of two a priori different worlds can be. The bosses of the Belgian label have offered the cuts of the “Congotronics” series to luminaries of techno (Mark Ernestus, Moritz von Oswald), a-typical dubstep (Shackleton, Bassclef), new psychedelia (Animal Collective, Skeletons), cubist indie-pop (Micachu, Deerhoof), folk-pop (Megafaun, Juana Molina) and ambient with neoclassic overtones (Sylvain Chauveau). The most notable results of those polymorph mixes have been included on Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics”, a double compilation album to be released on 9th November. Far away, yet so close…
Var.- Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics:CD1:01. Deerhoof vs. Kasai Allstars - "Travels Broaden the Mind" 02. Animal Collective vs. Kasai Allstars - "Quick as White" 03. Andrew Bird vs. Konono N°1 & Sobanza Mimanisa - "Ohnono/Kiwembo" 04. Tussle vs. Konono N°1 - "Soft Crush" 05. Glenn Kotche vs. Konono N°1 - "Traducteur de Transmission" 06. Lonely Drifter Karen vs. Kasai Allstars - "Hunting on the Moon" 07. Jherek Bischoff vs. Konono N°1 - "Kule Kule (Orchestral Version)" 08. Woom vs. Kasai Allstars - "Enter the Chief" 09. Juana Molina vs. Kasai Allstars - "Hoy Aupe Que Viajas" 10. Mark Ernestus vs. Konono N°1 - "Masikulu Dub" 11. Skeletons vs. Sobansa Mimanisa - "Kiwembo/Unstuck" 12. Jolie Holland & Joel Hamilton vs. Kasai Allstars - "Nyeka Nyeka" 13. Aksak Maboul vs. Kasai Allstars - "Land Dispute"
CD2: 01. Shackleton vs. Kasai Allstars - "Mukuba Special" 02. Hoquets vs. Konono N°1 - "Likembes" 03. Micachu & the Shapes vs. Konono N°1 - "NO.K" 04. Megafaun vs. Kisanzi Kongo - "Conjugal Mirage" 05. AU vs. Masanka Sankayi - "Two Labors" 06. Allá vs. Basokin - "Mulu(me)" 07. Bear Bones, Lay Low vs. Konono N°1 - "Kuletronics" 08. Burnt Friedman vs. Konono N°1 - "Rubaczech" 09. Oneida vs. Konono N°1 - "Nombre 1!" 10. Optimo vs. Konono N°1 - "Wumbanzanga" 11. Bass Clef vs. Kasai Allstars - "The Incident At Mbuji-Mayi" 12. Eye vs. Konono N°1 - "Konono Wa Wa Wa" 13. Sylvain Chauveau vs. Konono N°1 - "Makembe"