Yearly compilation album RADAR by KEROXEN returns with its fourth volume in the ongoing series of themed based albums showcasing the talents and misfortunes of carefully selected musical projects based or connected with the Canary Islands.
With its first volume released in 2020 aiming to promote and divulge adventurous Island based music, the Keroxen imprint now presents Vol.4 with another showcase of the various insular musical scenes made in the outermost regions – in this case, a very rare incursion outside the Canary Archipelago by way of handpicking friends and colleagues working in the further most regions we can think of. A very special showcase then, featuring the Azores Islands, Reunion Island, Canary Islands and French Guiana - a true connection of likeminded minds whom demonstrate once again that you do not need to be in an western hipster mecca to make interesting work.
The presentation format sticks to its breakable rules, with each artist offering one track per side and the full thing of course wrapped up in Pura Marquez dizzying post- tropical art.
The album opens with instrumental hip hop style track by Akane, Carolina Machado's solo project from Tenerife, where mysterious soundscapes and occasional melodies with oriental touch blend perfectly with her L.A. inspired beats, setting the tone for Reunion Island’s Jako Maron and his unique take on local Maloya music by way of electrifying it into a trance like looping beat. Enter French Guyana’s Daryanna Jean unique sound artistry with sampling, cutting and pasting local(?) sounds into a disorientating needle jump glitch fest. Side A eventually closes with a very Azorean take on the very English hauntological sound by borrowing those
pastoral melodies and synth riffs of yesterday and transposing it to the remote Sub- Tropical fields of São Miguel island, in the Azores, courtesy of Flipping Candy.
Side B emphatically reinforces the compilation’s original concept that no matter where you are, in this post internet, post everything world, outsider music thrives and keeps raising the invisible bar, true that!
This is part of Archipel.EU
project funded by European Union and coordinated by Institut Français, Octa and Apca.
*This document has been produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of Keroxen and can in no way be taken to reflect the position of the European Union.
released November 10, 2023
Mastering: Daniel Báez
Artwork: Pura Márquez
Layout: Claudia Luque