opa loka records

label for electronic,psychedelic,dark wave, industrial, ambient, experimental, neokraut and freestyle music —————————– distributed worldwide on any portals ————-

Out December 1st 2017 (CD digipack and download): Cut Worms -"Cable Mounds"

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After his well received debut album "Lumbar Fist" (see review sheet), Richard van Kruysdijk returns with his second output under the moniker CUT WORMS. "Cable Mounds" was created in an equally intuïtive manner as his first CD. Again, Van Kruysdijk used an array of ingeniously cross-connected effects to manipulate simple electronic sources, mainly a monophonic synth and a circuit-bent Omnichord, and some Baritone Guitar. He builds his compositions improvising from scratch without any prefab sounds, beats or loops and recording them straight to 2-track in his studio without any overdubs. Although CUT WORMS' sound palette often tends towards the lower frequencies, it's dark sounds rather present a more open, pastoral quality, reminiscent of Krautrock works by Cluster or Harmonia, than the opaque atmospheres usually evoked by most dark ambient acts, while easily steering free of any hollow new-age babble.

About Richard van Kruysdijk Since his first solo release in 1993, drummer / multi-instrumentalist / producer / composer Richard van Kruysdijk (NL) has released many albums and 12"s with other group-projects as well as solo-projects. Most notable are his works with German eclectic industrial band Phallus Dei, "trip noir" duo Sonar Lodge, downtempo trio Strange Attractor and new wave duo Palais Ideal. These bands and other musical projects brought him on many stages throughout Europe playing drums and electronics, and in studios with many famous musicians from different musical realms: Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (Coil, Psychic TV), Edward Ka-Spel & Niels van Hoorn (The Legendary Pink Dots), Graham Lewis (Wire), Jarboe (Swans), Gitane Demone, Daniel Johnston, Blaine L. Reininger & Winston Tong (Tuxedomoon), Richard Sinclair (Hatfield & The North), David J. (Bauhaus), Markus Stockhausen and many more.

Richard is nowadays an experienced producer with a distinct handwriting, known for his electronica / sound design skills who also creates music for films, documentaries and modern dance pieces. He works intensively with choreographers Jens van Daele for Jens' company Burning Bridges and Itamar Serussi for companies around the world: Scapino Ballet (NL), Edge (UK), Ballet de Lorraine (F), Balletto di Roma (I), Hessisches Staats Ballett (D), Pennsylvania Ballet (USA), Fanclub (DK), Oper Ballett Graz (A).

In 2000, Richard co-founded the record labelMusic for Speakers. Since then, Music for Speakers has reached a cult status amongst lovers of adventurous electronic music with a hint of melancholy and lust for genre defying experiment.

www.richardvankruysdijk.com |

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Out October 20th 2017 (CD digipack and download): Ze-Ka -"Ghost Planet"

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Jean-Philippe Feiss is a french musician, who plays cello and electronics. He plays in Sibiel, and is the main composer of this band. Sibiel released 3 albums, and did several projects involving video, dance and visuel arts. Besides that, he plays with famous french jazzmen like Emmanuel Bex, or Louis Sclavis. He also wrote music for several short films, and he works since 2016 with the israelian artist Sigalit Landau.
Out June 17th, 2017 (CD digipack and download): Kraft -"Harvest Of Despair"

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The person behind KRAFT is Rotterdam based Robert Hofman. After release of debut album ''Gelag van Zwartgeklede kraaien'' of his band Osewoudt which was received very well in the Neo-folk scene he found himself with a gap as live shows don't happen very often in the small scene. One night he attempted to ruin and rebuild a friends jazz demo which later became the very first song of this album called '' The Dreadful hours ''. At first it was all about personal trouble and difficulties of life. Later the love for Muslimgauze became an influence and being friends with musicians from Ukraine the protests and conflict and even a war in that country became one of the main topics of the story told in this album. Various instruments were bought and used and new friends were made. Osewoudt member Stefan Hayes (also black metal band ''Terzij de Horde''/Lanterns slide past a.o) decided to add music and later Rotterdam based Ukrainian singer/musician Kate Orange, Varunna guitarist Dennis Lamb and Richard Leviathan (Ostara/Strength through Joy/Death in june) joined to add to the whole. As it was quite hard to fit this project in a genre it was even more difficult to find a label for but in 2017 KRAFT found a home with Michael Schaffer's OPA LOKA records. We sincerely hope you like and appreciate
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May, 26th, 2017 (CD digipack and download): Orphax -"Warschauer Straße"

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Orphax is a musical project with the focus on minimal ambient and drone music. In the music there is a development towards microtonal sounds, where time and spatiality are important factors. In this form of working the eventual result can be a static form of sound where development in the music becomes subordinate to the listener losing any sense of time. ________________________________________ Orphax bio----------- Amsterdam based musician and trained drummer Sietse van Erve was introduced to electronic music in the early nineties. He started researching new sounds and new ways of working – always with an organic touch, often incorporating sounds that would be regarded by others as errors or mistakes. Considering life isn’t without errors either. During this search he found his way into drone and microtonal music. As a result his most recent work time and spatiality become more important factors. Live this is combined is loads of room for improvisation. This way of working results often an organic form of drone and minimal music. He has released over 30 releases, as download, CD-R, Tapes and CD’s, since he started working on music and contributed to many remix project including work for Kenneth Kirschner, TVO and Chris Dooks among others. In the past he has shared the stage with various musicians including Jos Smolders, Frans de Waard (Modelbau), Zeno van den Broek, TVO, BJ Nilsen, Edgars Rubenis and Sindre Bjerga. Some musical influences are Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Catherine Christer Hennix and Kassel Jaeger as well as folk and classical music from India and Tibet, mainly throat and overtone singing. Besides making music, Sietse van Erve runs Moving Furniture Records and has curated concerts at home, at Amsterdam institute STEIM, De Ruimte, OCCII and more. ______________________________ www.orphax.com
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March, 10th 2017 (CD digipack and download): My Silent Wake -"Invitation to imperfection"

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Over the past decade My Silent Wake have carved their name into the annals of music history. They have become one of the most admired bands in the doom/death metal scene with incredible albums of unsurpassed depth, like the revered A Garland Of Tears and 2015s stunning Damnatio Memoriae opus. However, alongside their formidable melancholy metal releases the band have a whole other side to their musical character. They have stripped their music down to its acoustic essentials both live and on album, and with releases like the acclaimed Eye Of The Needle they have ventured into the world of dark ambience. My Silent Wake have proved themselves as adept with undulating waves of sound as with spirit crushing riffs. After drawing a line under the first ten years of their existence with the successful collection, An Unbroken Threnody 2005 – 2015, My Silent Wake have begun the next chapter of their career with perhaps their most intriguing and adventurous album to date. To create the unique sounds of Invitations to Imperfection the band used over thirty different instruments – from zithers to mandolins, pump organs to karimbas...plus quite literally parts of the kitchen sink. They recorded in a variety of locations, harvesting the sounds that resonated with the vision in their hearts and added the final deft touches by utilising the synth skills of Attrition’s Martin Bowes. Anything that was needed to create the perfect sound, the perfect ambience, the perfect atmosphere. The result is a very special album – deeply affecting, quietly powerful; something that can draw the listener into themselves, inspiring reflection and revelation.
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May, 16th 2017 (CD digipack and download) MENSIMONIS  - clone fever

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Mensimonis is the coming together of two counterfigures in counterculture; Radboud Mens and Lukas Simonis. Although the two gentlemen liked and knew eachother for some time now, this teaming up was not the most obvious thing to do. Radboud coming from electronic/industrial/noise music, being a sort of whiz-kid in the studio and in general a controlfreak who doesn't like things to slip out of his hands, and Lukas, with a background in noise and improv and ecclecticism in general (all projects he does seem to come from a totally different source...). Lukas and Radboud met up musically a few years back when they were doing recording & improv workshops for Secondary Schools (VMBO mostly) and in the end found themselves together on the stage where they played noisy improv music for teenagers that would rather watch a stupid game on their iphones... (well, the teachers that accompanied them were not much better). So this must have been the starting point that lead to the project (or is it a band) Mensimonis. Mensimonis try to do a 'musical' thing with the idea of droning away at it. It seems a very simple and basic concept but it always leads to quite different results. Radboud takes care of the lower parts of the sound, using oscillators and effects, Lukas is allowed to stay on top with an accumulation of looped guitarattacks that slowly evolve into drones as the overtones take over. That's only the description of HOW to make these sounds. We'll leave it at that, just have a short listen and it will all become clear... https://z6records.bandcamp.com/ - http://www.z6records.nl/ - https://worm.org/ - https://worm.org/studios/sound-studio/ - https://soundcloud.com/z6records - http://klangendum.nl/

Out on February, 17th 2017 CORIUM "Ba #56"(CD digipack and download)

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The project CORIUM is presenting now a lava-like mixture of industrial, musique concrète and ambient atmospheres.. The heterogenous nature of the CORIUM is based on a tension field which is generated by the two founding members Michael Schaffer and Matt Weigand. The musical roots of ambient and studio artist and guitarist M.Schaffer are located in projects such as Birdmachine, Indian Tree Pie or Monoflow and vary from experimental abstraction to a clear harmonic form. Nearly standing opposite to his rather musical approach is the intonation of non-musician M. Weigand. His early musical education ocurred via 7 Minutes of Nausea, End of Silence and XQM. While Schaffer is co-running the label for ambient and free sounds named opa loka records, Weigand is the owner of ecocentric records, well known for its harsh and noisy obsessions. Common to both members of CORIUM is a gift to fill the room with sculptures made of tones and frequencies - this room is simply shining in the blaze of the CORIUM ! The structures are yielding in an unique complexion of constructing/desconstructing euphony and -due to their will for transcendency- are interferring with entchanting additives to put the listener onto a magic journey alongside the dreamtime. So please be prepared to get melt down - and listen to the Corium!
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August 11, 2016 "first" by Escape (digital album)

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Escape are -- Stanley Carr - sequencers and synthesizers Michael Schaffer - guitars and samples

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July 22, 2016 "low" by Gintas K (CD digipack )

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Low is a third and last album from an album trilogy by Gintas K. The first one was Lovely Banalities (Crónica, 2009), second – Slow (Bascaru, 2013). In Low Gintas K continues to explore microgranulated textures, deconstruction of melodic elements, and sonic plasticities that are altogether melted into blurred colors of acidulous tonalities and dynamic mixtures of metallic sonic palettes. Eleven short melancholic reminiscent pieces are presented in the album.

July 29, 2016 -Lumbar Fist by Cut Worms (CD digipack special edition)

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On the debut album Lumbar Fist, Richard van Kruysdijk’s solo Project Cut Worms playfully builds compositions from scratch without any prefab beats or loops, exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody. Cut Worms’s long, dark chords are dragged through gravel while sounds are reversed, mangled, chopped, and regenerated into new musical entities, fostering a stillness in harmony that slowly evolves through interacting layers of sound. The result is highly atmospheric, cinematic, intuitive drone music. Cut Worms is clearly not another ambient laptop act, but distinguishes itself by utilising only live generated and processed sounds, both acoustic and electronic. During concerts, the musical performance is underlined by sparse,atmospheric black & white imagery projected on a video installation. Musical references: Stephan Mathieu, Tim Hecker, Oren Ambarchi, Glenn Branca, Will Guthrie, Jim O’Rourke.Since his first solo release in 1993, Richard van Kruysdijk (NL) has released many albums with group-projects as well as solo-projects. Most notable are his works with German eclectic industrial band Phallus Dei, “trip noir” duo Sonar Lodge and downtempo trio Strange Attractor. These bands and other musical projects brought him on many stages throughout Europe playing drums and electronics, and in studios with many famous musicians from different musical realms: Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson (Coil, Psychic TV), Edward Ka-Spel & Niels van Hoorn (The Legendary Pink Dots), Graham Lewis (Wire), Jarboe (Swans), Gitane Demone, Daniel Johnston, Blaine L. Reininger & Winston Tong (Tuxedomoon), Richard Sinclair (Hatfield & The North), David J. (Bauhaus), Markus Stockhausen and many more. He is a founding member of Daisy Bell, an indietronics group with Dyane Donck and Evelien van den Broek. Since 2010, Richard also creates music for modern dance pieces, working intensively and internationally with choreographers Jens van Daele and Itamar Serussi. In 2000, Richard co-founded the record label Music for Speakers. Since then, Music for Speakers has reached a cult status amongst lovers of adventurous electronic music with a hint of melancholy and lust for genre defying experiment. Cut Worms previewed in the Netherlands at the World Minimal Music Festival in Muziekgebouw a/h IJ, Amsterdam and premiered at November Music festival,‘s-Hertogenbosch.contact & information:www.richardvankruysdijk.com

June 2016:  Arab tapes Vol.1 by KAMALARABIN  3 CD (Double CD digipak with booklet , Bonus CD- R and gadgets!

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The end of a world never is and never can be anything but the end of an illusion." The second Kamalarabin album offers ritual trance occult esoteric lo fi  religious arab folk power electronics ambient dub terror horror music and field recordings.  
March 18, 2016--Release of the 4 track digital album "I bow to all ascetics" by CHI MACHINE

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The first Chi Machine album "I bow to all ascetics" varies from esoteric ambient beats and sampling of jain chants to psychedelic soundscapes. "Namo Arihantanam -- I bow down to all Arihantas. Namo Siddhanam -- I bow down to all Siddhas. Namo Ayariyanam -- I bow down to all Acharyas. Namo Uvajjhayanam -- I bow down to Upadhyayas. Namo Loe Savvasahunam -- I bow down to all the Sadhus and Sadhvis.I bow down to him whose all passions like attachment and malice, which sow the seeds of birth and rebirth, have been destroyed. " All instruments by Michael Schaffer. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael Schaffer at Machina Elektrika.
FEBRUARY 12, 2016--Release of the 4 track digital album "This Is" by MONOFLOW.

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The sixth Monoflow Album varies from vast ambient and dark gestures to Rock/Kraut and sessionlike Psychedelia. This time the commonly instrumental project is enriched by the vocals of Phallus Dei's member Oliver St. Lingam. Play loud! Listen and levitate!
FEBRUARY 19, 2016--Release of the album  Subterraneanact & Machinefabriek "Persistent Objects" (CD and Download).

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Bass-clarinet and electronics player Henk Bakker (a.k.a. Subterraneanact) is a mainstay in the Rotterdam improv scene, and co-runs the famous Worm studio. Knob twiddler Rutger Zuydervelt (a.k.a. Machinefabriek) is mainly known for being ridiculously prolific. For a gig at Worm, organizer Lukas Simonis came up with the idea to pair Henk and Rutger for a live performance, their first as a duo. They happily accepted the challenge, but not without planning a improv session to rehearse. With Henk on bass clarinet and live manipulation, and Rutger using his analogue tone generator, contact mics, tapes and effects, the two hit it off like a pressure-cooker. Without wasting time to discuss any plans, they simply communicated through their unrestrained, boisterous sounds. In the two hours they spend together, 90 minute of music was recorded. After some editing, the album ‘Persistent Objects’ took shape, and is now released on CD by Opa Loka Records. _______________________________  
NOVEMBER 2015---Daisy Bell --Debut Album "London" out on November 23, 2015 , CD, LP and Download!

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Dutch trio Daisy Bell’s music varies from indietronics to atmospheric soundscapes. With a collection of acoustic and electronic instruments, live sampling, live sound manipulation and harmony vocals, Daisy Bell switches from soft and intimate to a raw and vibrant wall of Sound. On stage, the band is lit up by large projections of poems by William Blake (1757-1827), which they use as their lyrics. Daisy Bell debuted with a concert for VPRO radio (NL), broadcast live via satellite in 25 countries. Shortly after that they released their first songs on pink vinyl on WORM Records, were the support act for CocoRosie and played several gigs including Faust's prestigious Avantgarde Festival (Germany). In July 2014, they have finished their debut album, which was recorded at the Hilvaria Studios with engineer Sandor Caron (Knalpot), after which it was mixed and produced by Darren Allison (producer of Efterklang, Amatorski, Belle & Sebastian, Spiritualized a.m.m.) in London. It was mastered by Uwe Teichert at Elektropolis in Brussels. Dyane, Evelien and Richard share a background in performing, producing and composing for the stage, installation and multidisciplinary art, film, theatre and dance and share a passion for genre-transcending music Projects. The name ‘Daisy Bell’ is derived from the first song that was ‘sung’ by a computer in 1961.
OKTOBER  2015--- Re-Release of the album Clara Engel - "Secret Beasts" out! Available as CD and Download

Based in Toronto, Canada, Clara Engel is an independent, multi-faceted artist and musician. She has independently recorded and released eleven albums, and has collaborated with musicians and artists from the UK, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Iran, and the US. Engel's music has been played on Italian National Radio, as well as BBC Radio 2, making it onto Tom Robinson's show "BBC Introducing" on several occasions. Her music has been described as "folk noir," "minimalist holy blues from another galaxy," and "sung poetry." Her voice and guitar stylings place her singularly on the genre-map, somewhere between avant-garde torch singer and gothic-blues artist. Her influences span genres and media, amongst them are Vasko Popa, Virginia Woolf, Theodore Roethke, Jim Jarmusch, Arvo Part, Meredith Monk, Robert Johnson, Gillian Welch, and Jacques Brel.
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