Let’s take a fresh look at the Global Soundclash series, fifteen years down the line. Back in 2003, we selected twelve key albums released by the label between 1980 and 1989, and reissued them along with a double compilation mixed by Marc Hollander. With no less than 57 tracks and fragments by artists from Belgium, Norway, the UK, Japan, Ethiopia, France, Iraq, Congo, the US & more, the Crammed Global Soundclash comp gave an overview of the label’s own strange 1980s, with its broad blend of genres and styles, from rock to electronic to global to classical to experimental. A blend which made even the most jaded British music writers gape in amazement: “Crammed make geography irrelevant… this is trans-generic, supranational, uprooted music… not so much ‘foreign’ as alien and unidentifiable” (Melody Maker, UK, 1987). “I don’t know, we export our music in good faith, and look how it gets sent back to us, all twisted and bent !” (NME, UK, 1984). 30 years later, we’re still at it…

This Episode 10 of our series includes most of that mix and is thus a double refraction of that period: we’re in 2018, listening to a 2003 mix, made from music recorded another two decades earlier… Enjoy!

Róbert Gregor


Zazou Bikaye CY1 – Munipe Wa Kati
Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown – Dans les jardins
Hector Zazou- L’Apparition
Foreign Affair- Jounieh
Zazou Bikaye CY1 – Mangungu
Benjamin Lew – Hommes assis devant un mur chaulé
Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz – Ishtar
Hector Zazou – Vera C.
People In Control – When It’s War
Mahmond Ahmed – Sidetegnash Negn
Peter Principle – Sub-Lunar Folly
Bel Canto – The Glassmaker
Peter Principle – Le Maka
Aksak Maboul – Milano Per Caso
Zazou Bikaye Mama Lenvo
Nadjma + Adrian Sherwood – Ravishments In The Seraglio
Hector Zazou – Cine Citta`
Family Fodder – The Big Dig
Foreign Affair – Bonus B/Ea/S/T
Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz – Desert Equations
Tuxedomoon – In A Manner Of Speaking
Peter Principle – Tippi Rider
Aksak Maboul – Retour chez les Futuristes
Daniel Schell – Un Celte
Minimal Compact – Hole Version
The Honeymoon Killers – Décollage
Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown – Bamako ou ailleurs
Tuxedomoon – Volo Vivace
Sonoko – Sunny Day
Poto Doudongo – Bolingo
Aksak Maboul – Scratch Holiday
Minimal Compact – Low Flight
Tuxedomoon – The Waltz
Sonoko – Romeo Sama
Hermine – Blue Angel
Aksak Maboul – Saure Gurke
Minimal Compact – Next One is Real
The Honeymoon Killers – Wait & See
Band Apart – Marseille
Minimal Compact – Take Me Away
Karl Biscuit – La Morte
Sonoko – Marienbad
Bel Canto – Blank Sheets
Zazou Bikaye CY1 – M’Pasi Ya M’Pamba remix
Peter Principle – The Observatory
Colin Newman – Better Later Than Never
Des Airs – Lovely Lady Of The Roses
Telex – I Don’t Like Music
Karen Finley – Tales Of Taboo
Zazou Bikaye CY1 – Guilty
Tuxedomoon – Some Guys
The Honeymoon Killers – Fonce à mort
Band Apart – O My Beautiful Song