Having just come out with his first vinyl, Race at Neon Club, on Vlek, time seemed right to ask Lowcommittee to record an exclusive mix for us. Bearing all the hallmarks of what the Brussels-based imprint has come to symbolise – pared down and minimalist productions augmented by intricate layers of soundscape beauties – the mix, in the words of the man himself, “is not an easy one, a bit challenging.” And that really is understating matters a little. Listen to the mix below and make sure to read Vlek founder Julien Fournier’s insightful piece about record labels’ fights against Belgian postal charges and his innovative solution in our latest issue.
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Can you describe yourself in a few words?
Building stuff since my first box of Lego.
Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment?
No, and I think it will never be. I draw too much interest from other stuff, and I’d feel really empty if I were to only make music.
Can you describe the mix in a few words?
I think that it’s not an easy one, but I like it like that, a bit challenging.
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix?
It’s from Fissures, a one man project from my region but honestly I don’t have too much information about it. I got this track from Young Girls Records who’s going to release it under one of its numerous sub-label, he’s one of the most active guy here in Liège, he’s making it by pleasure and without compromise, which is great!
When and where did you record it?
In front of a window, with two turntables and a mixer, in company of some plants and shutted down machines, sometimes a cat went through. I did that small painting too, to represent myself at that moment.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
Without any doubt: Twilight Ritual – Tears On The Wall. This album is a pure jewel, minimalist in the arrangement but so heavy emotionally. Each time I come back to it, it’s kind of deliverance. And they have tons of other interesting projects.
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
I won’t make a list because next week it’ll different and because I come across a lot of older records, which impress me as much as new stuff. Actually I’m listening to Renato Rinaldi, who released nice stuff lately on Entr’acte and Senufo, Mark Fell kinda grab my balls too, digging the UL8 actually. I also really liked the two last CD-R’s from Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell, which are mixture of acoustic recordings and nice computerism.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
“Race At Club Neon” was released on 1st December on Vlek and on the 19th December I will open at Vooruit for Lee Gamble and Dopplereffekt!Stream Lowcommittee‘s album over on The Drone.
Order Lowcommittee’s Race at Neon Light over on Vlek.