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Independent labels have always been risky ventures, marred by uncertainty; you never know how long they'll last for.
Yet, for more than 15 years, Cosmo Vitelli has kept I'm a Cliché going. During this time, his label, its releases, and the artists behind them have found their place in the musical landscape, standing proudly and defiantly in the margins, a place where music is always more interesting and fluid than right in the middle of the spotlight.
After countless EPs, several albums and a compilation, a new chapter in I’m a Cliché’s story begins, one with a greatly reduced release schedule. To mark this turning point, the label releases Bongo Beats & Bankruptcy, its second compilation ever. Aesthetically coherent and simultaneously diverse in its expressions, Bongo Beats & Bankruptcy is a celebration of the label (and the label manager’s) quirks and eccentricities and a tongue-in-cheek snapshot that brilliantly captures the label’s DNA, featuring friends and allies along with newer faces on 13 exclusive tracks scattered over 3 LPs.
Whether they are downtempo, uptempo or ambient like Orestt's contribution, each tune on this compilation distills in its own idiosyncratic way I’m a Cliché’s essence: electronic music influenced by club culture but in no way constrained to the dancefloor. Ivan Smagghe & Marc Collin’s analog synth track by their acclaimed Volga Select project, June’s dreamy tune at the crossroads between wave and kraut influences, Coy’s mutant synth arpeggios, and an old-school wave cut by Oliver Decrow mixed by Dunkeltier are all tracks boldly standing on the dancefloor's margins.
For those looking for club-ready tracks that with I’m a Cliché’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere will surely find what they are after in an downtempo edit of Awkward Corners, a bouncy and melodic IDM not IDM number by Rouge Mécanique, a bleeps & pan-pipes affair by Benoît B, an esoteric dance-rock number with stated Lynch influences by Fantastic Twins, a freaky electro cut by Linja, a melancholic 707 driven banger by Krikor and finally an anxious and forward-thinking half-stepper by label head Cosmo Vitelli.
Digital Track List
- 1 Luddisme Orestt 3:33
- 2 In Slow Motion (Sunju Hargun Edit) Awkward Corners 5:59
- 3 Spione Volga Select 5:07
- 4 Perspective 4000 June 6:15
- 5 La Cantine du Vatican Coy 5:22
- 6 Skate & Distort Rouge Mécanique 6:04
- 7 Cosmic Music Style Benoit B 4:49
- 8 Read My Palmer, Laura Fantastic Twins 6:08
- 9 Opus Pistorum (Dunkeltier Mix) Oliver Decrow 4:21
- 10 The Horse Incident Cosmo Vitelli feat. Andrew Claristidge 6:57
- 11 Annpala Odopt 6:50
- 12 We As One In The S.D.T. Krikor 7:12
- 13 Xanadu Linja 5:52
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