V​/​A - Bongo Beats & Bankruptcy: The Sound of I'm a Cliché

by I'm a Cliché

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    A1. Orestt - Luddisme
    A2. Awkward Corners - In Slow Motion (Sunju Hargun Edit)
    A3. Volga Select - Spione
    B1. June - Perspective 4000
    B2. Coy - La Cantine Du Vatican
    C1. Rouge Mécanique - Skate & Distort
    C2. Benoit B - Cosmic Music Style
    D1. Fantastic Twins - Read My Palmer, Laura
    D2. Oliver Decrow - Opus Pistorum (Dunkeltier Mix)
    E1. Cosmo Vitelli - The Horse Incident (Ft. Andrew Claristidge)
    E2. Odopt - Annpala
    F1. Krikor - We as one in the S.D.T
    F2. Linja - Xanadu

    Independent labels have always been risky ventures, marred by uncertainty; you never know how long they'll last for. Yet, for more than 15 years, Cosmo Vitelli has kept I'm a Cliché going. During this time, his label, its releases, and the artists behind them have found their place in the musical landscape, standing proudly and defiantly in the margins, a place where music is always more interesting and fluid than right in the middle of the spotlight.

    After countless EPs, several albums and a compilation, a new chapter in I’m a Cliché’s story begins, one with a greatly reduced release schedule. To mark this turning point, the label releases Bongo Beats & Bankruptcy, its second compilation ever.

    Aesthetically coherent and simultaneously diverse in its expressions, Bongo Beats & Bankruptcy is a celebration of the label (and the label manager’s) quirks and eccentricities and a tongue-in-cheek snapshot that brilliantly captures the label’s DNA, featuring friends and allies along with newer faces on 13 exclusive tracks scattered over 3 LPs.

    Whether they are downtempo, uptempo or ambient like Orestt's contribution, each tune on this compilation distills in its own idiosyncratic way I’m a Cliché’s essence: electronic music influenced by club culture but in no way constrained to the dancefloor. Ivan Smagghe & Marc Collin’s analog synth track by their acclaimed Volga Select project, June’s dreamy tune at the crossroads between wave and kraut influences, Coy’s mutant synth arpeggios, and an old-school wave cut by Oliver Decrow mixed by Dunkeltier are all tracks boldly standing on the dancefloor's margins.

    For those looking for club-ready tracks that with I’m a Cliché’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere will surely find what they are after in an downtempo edit of Awkward Corners, a bouncy and melodic IDM not IDM number by Rouge Mécanique, a bleeps & pan-pipes affair by Benoît B, an esoteric dance-rock number with stated Lynch influences by Fantastic Twins, a freaky electro cut by Linja, a melancholic 707 driven banger by Krikor and finally an anxious and forward-thinking half-stepper by label head Cosmo Vitelli.

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released March 27, 2020

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