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Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul - 16 Visions of Ex-Futur (Crammed Discs)

Add Date: 10/11
Focus Tracks: 4, 14, 1, 12, & 5
FCC: Clean
Format: College & RPM

Artist Info: In the spring of 1977, two young Belgian musicians who called themselves Aksak Maboul (aka Marc Hollander & Vincent Kenis) set out to record an album, Onze danses pour combattre la migraine (Eleven Dances for Fighting Migraines), in which they playfully fused and deconstructed all kinds of genres to create their own musical world. Three years later, Hollander founded the Crammed Discs label. Aksak Maboul would release one further record, Un peu de l’âme des bandits (A Little of the Bandit Spirit), and begin work on a third before dissolving in the mid-80s.

What was originally intended to become the third album by Aksak Maboul had gradually evolved into a strange artifact, closely mingling iconic Honeymoon Killers chanteuse Véronique Vincent’s dreamy vocals and deceptively bubbly lyrics with Hollander’s musical ramblings. Electronic pop music with genre-wrecking leanings. But the project (too pop to be experimental, too quirky for early ‘80s pop) was dropped at some point, and life went on.

The lost record was rediscovered some three decades later, and 2014 saw the release of the mythical, 3rd Aksak Maboul album, originally announced in Crammed Discs' first catalogue, back in ‘81. The avant-electropop opus now known as Ex-Futur Album was assembled from partly retrieved demos & rough mixes, and released in late 2014, with a slight delay of... 30 years.

Impressed and charmed by Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul's acclaimed lost avant-pop opus, a host of artists from all over the place launched into reinterpretations of the songs from Ex-Futur Album. The result is 16 Visions of Ex-Futur: a full album containing 16 reinterpretations of songs from Ex-Futur Album.