last year saw casablanca-based cosmo records launch its most ambitious project todate. celebrating five years of cross-cultural collaboration. the three vinyl releasesfeatured producers such as san proper. radiq. pier bucci and dandy jack working with moroccan musicians to create a true fusion between modern electronics and ancient traditions. the purpose of cosmo has always been to find a natural meeting place between thesedistinct musical forms. bringing out the best strengths of each practice through real time spent together in the studio. where each artist can truly understand the other in a shared quest for sonic harmony. as such. this latest release marks a step forward in exploring this idea through a new series entitled cosmo jam. as the title suggests. the focus here is on live improvisation. in late 2014 parisian producers masomenos and vadim svoboda travelled to morocco and set up their equipment at the coda casablanca music center. they were joined by mĺhamed el menjra playing bass. abdessamad boussahfa on violin and sanhaji on darbuka. and the ensuing jam sessions between these musicians now make their way on to vinyl. no editing or post-production took place ľ the music you hear on the record was created entirely in the moment. each track highlights the magic of a different instrument ľ on ôbeö menjraĺs double bass comes twisting through effects processing and subtle distortion. meeting with a low-slung broken beat groove from the visiting french producers. sanhajiĺs thrilling percussive flair on the darbuka flirts perfectly with the crisp programming of drums and bass on the uptempo ôkaledö and the more laid-back ôpetitö. boussahfaĺs violin makes for some of the most arresting moments on the release. meeting with intricate minimalist rhythms on ômonö and shining in the heart-rending ambience of ôfrereö. presented across two 12ös. this collection of six tracks tells a most honest account of how gifted artists from entirely different disciplines can find a common ground and create something truly unique. without any studio trickery to hide behind. this is the concept of cosmo records laid bare. and the results prove it is a concept worth exploring further.
wtm038 is definitely an outstanding release. something between house and real love to technoid sounds. the long a side comes with a classical intro and turns into a p erfect groovy but still monumental house track. the b starts with the track * call me a cap* and is the third collaboration with dop . great melodic atmospheric sounds with a perfect arrangement between vocals and all the typical addicted masomenos style. the second one on the b side has a featuring with tobi neumann who releases also his third ep with the french duo. * pushpush* is more trippy with a great step sequencer arrangement. all together. great release again from masomenos and this will be a special one which you surely wont forget
lele magicien. derived from ancient iranian mager. referred to the assignment of certain forces on objects. events or creatures that do not possess normally. masomenos are already known in exercising of magic with their sets and music. the 37th catalgue number shows again the magical spectrum of the french duo. we hope you enjoy!
few labels could claim to share the creative purpose and pool of talent that cosmo records does. operating out of casablanca. morocco. the imprint has made its purpose clear. to fuse experimental house and techno with traditional african musicianship in a cultural dialogue that spans generations and continents in search of thrilling new musical forms. over the past five years. cosmo has called upon some of the finest producers in the most adventurous corners of 4/4 dance music to collaborate with players of the kora. guembri. lute and many more forms of percussion and melodic instrumentation. the chosen artists congregate at the cosmo recording studios in casablanca. which acts as a hub for these disparate musical energies to come together in a fusion of seasoned. learned performances and hyper-modern electronic processes. amongst the most notorious artists that have contributed to the label so far are masomenos. radiq. argenis brito and ricardo villalobos. while moroccan producer adil hiani provides a local focus to the electronic side of the creative process. as well as conducting the a&r for the label.
permanently being busy performing. the so funky duo masomenos nevertheless take their time to produce. such as the artwork basically already is announcing it. things go in cycles in masomenosville (s/s). so. this ep is the start of a new series. and a delicious example on how to effectively create different moods.. st jacut (with lemos. feat. jaw (dop) is the charming vocal opener... go on my son (with lemos) is the classic housey lift-up. tomorrow (feat jaw (dop) got that reflective vibe. finally tofidi (with lemos) is an ohhh so effective masterpiece...yeppa.!!
ELEMENTAL REMIXES EP 1 (INCL RICARDO VILLALOBOS / MASOMENOS RMXS)
12" Vinyl D10.07.12
after a seven years release break. mambotur take you on a quality journey of airiness. except for the stunning result. there is nothing magical about it. because berlin-based venezuelan argenis brito and chilean pier bucci take nonchalance seriously.
masomenos team up with the karat crew.. pure french connection.. made with love in paris. cabanne. ark. and laetitia and masomenos: thats musicians you can always rely on.. we like! very solid 4-tracker giving an impressive overview of the current french definition of killer tracks!
the connaisseur family welcomes its youngest member: ava myra flitsch. the daughter of hilary and alex flitsch was born november 15th. 2011 and both the parents and good friends of the label celebrate this miracle with this release. all participating artists were asked to produce a very personal piece of music. the style was left up to the artists. resulting in a beautifully mixed batch of great tracks. the intro track hello! by dop & masomenos features a little vocal snippet as a salutation by masomenos adriens son and it is an atmospheric. soundscapish and beatless tool.
nice collabos with argenis brito and pier bucci on the a-side and getting spiritual with damien vandesande (former dop member) on b2. pepe got those teasing latino vocals ... otra could deliver the soundtrack for a shaman session ... made for parties that last a lil longer. hope: classic floating electro. finally. sidharta: pentatonic electronic. ethio-bass-style. enjoy!
4th & last release for the masomenos third eye projectů 3 tracks. 3 different collabatorsů curro savoy. who was already introduced on the previous ep. lemos & sis. who dont need anymore to be presentedůlets listen..
third release for the third eye project of masomenos. with 3 tracks by themselves. including a great featuring by curro savoy on ningessera. a vocal pumping & deep house track. you ve probably heard curro savoy before. as he is the amous whistler from all ennio morricone soundtracks for sergio leone movies! he brings here an amazing melancholic vibes with his whistle & guitarů percute his a funkier track. but still quite trippy. as for sambatic. we get more into percussive groove with some great vocals too. thats sound like in ningessera to be some unknown universal language
the well respected masomenos team lauchens their next big project ! after closing the masomenos livemix project with funky cochon ep. masomenos comes back with new project : the third eye. on this ifirst release. out of 4. 3 tracks from masomenos. as always quite trippy. no more blabla. lets listen!
big with : loco dice. luciano. sis. reboot !!! the release is the last of the masomenos live mix project... and close the serie of 8 eps that were released for this... a sided les 3 petits cochons is a real dancefloor tune. heavy and funky. as in the tale. you can feel the wolf blowing and the little pigs running... on b side. loco is an old - school sound track. deep and moody. with some crazy vocal asking for some bass... b2 . turtle is back. is a dubby re-do of one of the first masomenos production...turtle trip... same mood. heavier groove....slowly but surely the melody gets in your head to mesmerise you...
big with: loco dice. luciano. sis. reboot... on this seventh release. 1 more collaboration with great greek producers: kreon & lemos. a side hands up is the result of this collaboration. a raw funky track with darkishn and heavy vocal & with big synth rise... 1 beat. 1 groove ... as simple as this!on b1 . ny is an atmospheric odyssey. that make you feel like flying over city @ night. b2 is a deep techno ballad. a musical bedtime story for those who dont want to go to sleep
played by: luciano. anthony collins. nekes. minimono. shinedoe. kabale & liebe. lemos. sis. reboot and meat and mesteno and many more.... bobby ep is the 5th release of the masomenos live mix project with 3 tracks by masomenos
played by meat. 2000 and one. anthony collins. nick curly. ray okpara. reboot. dop. alex flitsch... back to school! the fourth release of the masomenos live mix project. this time with another collaboration with chris carrier (adult only. catwash. chronobrain) on a-sided oahoo. a percusive uptlifting track with some hypnotizing & tribal vocals: run the race in the jungle till youre catch by the funky guitar! captain japan on b1. is a totally different trip. as says its name in japan. and also in a fantasy world with vocals from a famous manga captain! deep & moody technoů b2 smooch is a more minimalist & atmospheric track with deep groove & light vocals enjoy
played by vera. nekes. raresh. tassilo ippenberg (pan pot). anthony collins. italoboyz. dop. kabuto&koji. federico molinari. reboot. markus fix . sis. lemos . kreon... 3rd instalment of the hyped label. big with all the new school house heads ! here we are for the 3rd release of the masomenos livemix project. croco ep. a-sided >apache-moi< is a tribal yet happy track with nice flutes and big drums. you can picture there desert & dust as for a musical ceremony to pray the gods to let rain fallů on b-side. >pierre & le loup< starts as a journey into the woods on a sunny and nice day. till you can feel the wolf approaching and the pressure risingůnice rolling bass. pumping groove. perfect summer sunrise track. >cherie< is a more laidback and atmospheric b2 track that would fit perfectly for any summer sun-set.
played by: italoboyz. audiofly. audio werner. chris titjen. anthony collins. kreon & lemos. chris carrier. alexander flitsch. mathias kaden... here is the second release of the masomenos live mix project. snaky ep this time. three tracks by masomenos. that all evokes space & time travelů asided >aftermamas< is a housy & paddy track. as in a space odyssey. the tracks starts with a rhythmical countdown. as if the rocket was about to leave. and then gets you into a trip through the glittering starsůenjoy the trip! on b-side >space flamenco< is a percusiv track that will swing every track it is played with. a great combination with >aftermamas<. for example. >travel master< is a deep & smooth invitation to >take a ride<. perfect to warm up a crowd with a pumping & happy groove
played by: cassy. karotte. audiofly. ricardo villalobos. audio werner. anthony collins. jerome pacman. panpot. alexander flitsch. ray okpara..... cot cot is an uplifting house track. that should suite any big dancefloor. and fill it with a happy & funky mood. giving is the result of the first collaboration between masomenos & chris carrier.giving is a happy & groovy piece of track that suddenly dives into a deep vocal & paddy break!!!
joan costes and adrien de maublanc. are a new pair of very hot parisian producers who have worked their musical experiences during 3 years. they are now ready to share with the world their so special musical universe. plouf ep is their first delivery. an original three tracker between minimalism and balearisme. with the right dose of subtle percussion. shining and friendly melodies. a ideal production for dreaming elegantly on the dancefloor