One of the great things about Vlek is that you can never be sure what to expect next from them. The small Belgian imprint continuously released little gems from artists mostly unknown to me, but then again, ignorance has never been a good excuse for anything and exploring new music is often so fruitful. So here is Vlek number 16, a 4-tracker from Lawrence Le Doux. The tracks that really made an impression on me are Astre and Terre, go check them out.
Terrestre is available from Vlek, Bleep, or as stream on Spotify. Recommended!
When it comes to Belgian label Vlek, I really got to do my homework. They pretty much embody everything I like about a label, starting with the visual side of their records with their beautifully handcrafted artworks, even their logo, and of course an exciting roster of artists. Well, you can ask my teachers about me when it comes to homework.
Seriously though, the latest EP on the label is nothing but a stunner. It’s already their 13th release and the second by Sagat, a Brussels-based DJ and producer. The four tracks on Satellite couldn’t be more different: two heavy experimental tracks exercising “in sound design and abstraction”, and two more dancefloor-oriented tracks, a rudimentary 2-step beat (think Burial, but only if you must) and a brute techno stomper.
The record is out since yesterday, you best pick up your copy directly from the label, or by the digital tracks from Boomkat or Bleep.
Here’s a compilation you can’t buy or steal, but since we’ve been short on Vlek releases we’d like to take this opportunity and make up for that. Fifteen tracks from names you should have heard before: Cupp Cave, Wanda Group aka Dem Hunger, Ssaliva, Herrmutt Lobby and others.
You can stream this in full below, just hit play and sit back!
01. Cupp Cave – Thoughtograph
02. Sagat – ESC
03. Ssaliva – Hobo4030
04. Dem Hunger – Squint Fucker
05. Squeaky Lobster – Flying Rupees
06. Richard Colvaen – Polimetria
07. Cupp Cave – Hypersport
08. Sagat – Few Mysteries Solved in a Year of Contact
09. Cupp Cave – Mind Bones
10. Squeaky Lobster – Killing Eleven (Tailor Made for Dublab)
11. Herrmutt Lobby – Cosmonautes Funk for 2 Joysticks (Live Take)
12. Squeaky Lobster – Aarnivalkea
13. Ssaliva – SPA82 3.06 2161 plays
14. Cupp Cave – Pear Pressure (DICE POOL EP outtake)
15. WANDA GROUP – NO C NEVER EVER
While you can’t buy this, there is an option of getting the entire Vlek back-catalogue: 41 tracks for unbeatable €14.99, available on their Bandcamp page.