Murcof‘s Martes has become one of the greatest electronic music albums of the last ten years. Martes has become a landmark by which many modern electronic artists aspire to. It has little to do that Murcof (Fernando Corona) is a Mexican from Tijuana and raised in Ensenada in BC. The later fills us with pride but is irrelevant in the sense that his music has transcended borders and music genres. As an archetype of both modern electronic and classical musics, Martesstill sounds as mysterious and innovative as it did ten years ago when it was first released by our label in México on February 14 of 2002.
Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist. Olatunji was born in the village of Ajido, a small town near Badagry, Lagos State, in southwestern Nigeria. A member of the Yoruba people, Olatunji was introduced to traditional African music at an early age. He read in Reader’s Digest magazine about the Rotary International Foundation’s scholarship program, and applied for it. He came to the United States of America in 1950. Olatunji won a following among jazz musicians, notably creating a strong relationship with John Coltrane and Columbia Records A&R man John Hammond who signed him to the Columbia label in 1957. With Coltrane’s help, he founded the Olatunji Center for African Culture in Harlem. This was the site of Coltrane’s final performance.
Sébastien Tellier is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Paris, France. He is currently signed to Record Makers.
Tellier’s first album, L’incroyable vérité (The Incredible Truth), was released in 2001. Tellier went on tour with Air in support of the album. The track ” Fantino” off the album was chosen by Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to her 2003 film “Lost in Translation”. Tellier followed L’incroyable Vérité with his second studio album Politics (2005). A particularly popular song from Politics was “La ritournelle”, a string-led tune, which featured Nigerian drummer, Tony Allen of Fela Kuti fame. “La Ritournelle” was remixed by various artists, notably in Britain by Metronomy.
Surtek Collective is the explosive german/chilean duet composed by electronic music legend Atom™ and grammy award winning musician, producer and DJ Vicente Sanfuentes.
Frequent collaborators since long ago, they decided to create Surtek Collective as their full on dancefloor moniker. During 2005 they started playing incendiary live shows and crafted a unique album called “The Birth of Aciton”.
Now they’re back on track and with a handful of new tracks ready to be released and shows to be performed. Gold!
Wim Mertens (b. Neerpelt, Belgium, May 14, 1953) is a Belgian composer, countertenor vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and musicologist.
Mertens studied social and political science at the University of Leuven (graduating in 1975) and musicology at Ghent University; he also studied music theory and piano at the Royal Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels.
In 1978, he became a producer at the then BRT (Belgian Radio and Television). For Radio 2 (Radio Brabant) he produced concerts by Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Urban Sax, and others, and hosted a program called Funky Town together with Gust De Meyer (with whom he recorded the experimental CD For Amusement Only).
Known primarily as a composer since the late 1970s, Mertens is best known for his opus “Struggle for Pleasure”, which was chosen as an anthem in advertisements for the Belgian mobile phone operator Proximus. He is also well known for his piece “Maximizing the Audience”, which was composed for Jan Fabre’s play The Power of Theatrical Madness, which premiered in 1984 in Venice, Italy.
Mertens’ style, while continually evolving during the course his prolific output, touches veins of minimalist, ambient and avant-garde, usually however preserving a melodic fundament to the forays that he makes into the worlds that he is exploring.