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Optimo, Shackleton & more feature on Congotronics remix project

Crammed Discs have announced details of an Congrotronics remix project entitled Tradi- Mods Vs Rockers which  features 26 specially commissioned reworks from a variety of musicians including Optimo, Shackleton and Micachu & The Shapes.

The Congotronic series curated by Vincent Kenis was launched by Crammed  in 2004 with the intention of spreading the word on the strange and spectacular electro-traditional music borne out of Kinshasa, Congo. The majority of Congotronics releases have focused on the band Konono N°1 (pictured above) who have contributed three albums to the series though other Congolese acts such as the Kaisai Allstars, Sobanza Mimanisa and Kisanzi Congo featured on Congotronics 2: Buzz’n’Rumble In The Urb’n’Jungle.

For the Tradi- Mods Vs Rockers double CD album, Crammed asked a carefully selected list of musicians to deliver their own personal take on the Congotronics sound with the 26 resultant efforts blurring the lines between reinventions and covers, reworks and homages. In line with previous Congotronics releases, Konono N°1 feature heavily amongst the remixes across the two CDs and this should be one of the more intriguing listens upon release on November 22.

FOr full details on Tradi- Mods Vs Rockers, head to the Crammed Discs website.

1. Deerhoof vs Kasai Allstars – Travel Broadens The Mind
2. Animal Collective vs Kasai Allstars – Quick As White
3. Andrew Bird vs Konono N°1 & Sobanza Mimanisa – Ohnono/Kiwembo
4. Tussle vs Konono N°1 – Soft Crush
5. Glenn Kotche vs Konono N°1 – Traducteur de transmission
6. Lonely Drifer Karen vs Kasai Allstars – Hunting On The Moon
7. Jherek Bischoff vs Konono N°1 – Kule Kule (Orchestral Version)
8. Woom vs Kasai Allstars – Enter The Chief
9. Juana Molina vs Kasai Allstars – Hoy supe que viajas
10. Mark Ernestus vs Konono N°1 – Masikulu Dub
11. Skeletons vs Sobanza Mimanisa – Kiwembo/Unstuck
12. Jolie Holland & Joel Hamilton vs Kasai Allstars
13. Aksak Maboul vs Kasai Allstars – Land Dispute

1. Shackleton vs Kasai Allstars – Mukuba Special
2. Hoquets vs Konono N°1 – Likembes
3. Micachu & The Shapes vs Konono N°1- No.K
4. Megafaun vs Kisanzi Kongo – Conjugal Mirage
5. AU vs Masanka Sankayi – Two Labors
6. Alla vs Basokin – Mulu(me)
7. Bear Bones, Lay Low vs Konono N°1 – Kuletronics
8. Burnt Friedman vs Konono N°1 – Rubaczech
9. Oneida vs Konono N° – Nombre 1!
10. Optimo vs Konono N°1 – Wumbanzanga
11. Bass Clef vs Kasai Allstars – The Incident at Mbuji-Mayi
12. Eye vs Konono N°1 – Konono Wa Wa Wa
13. Sylvain Chauveau vs Konono N°1 – Makembe