Welcome Andy Mösch aka AM Khamsaa, an adventurous Swiss DJ and record collector, to the top-5 series. He’s having a debut EP on Light Of Other Days this month, three original pieces plus remix from Phillip Otterbach, you can pre-order it here.
Various – Ein Dokument – Music Of Die Ind. (Out Of Depression, 1989)
This is a compilation that came out in 1989 on the German label Out Of Depression. I discovered it in Zurich’s record store RecRec – a great place! Until 1997 RecRec used to be a label too, operating from Zurich and releasing avant-garde things such as UnknownMix or After Dinner. I believe nowadays RecRec is down to a one-man operation by the sometimes a bit moody store owner Veit Stauffer. He curates the store very thoroughly and aware of its musical past, so it seems just like a logical thing to discover this kind of rockfish, avant-garde sounding compilation there. Monochrome Bleu was the only band on that record that I’d heard of before, but almost every track on it turned out to be my taste.
Macromassa – Macromissa (Discos Esplendor Geometrico, 1987)
When this record was released in 1987, the concept of Macromassa had already existed for more than a decade. Until today it’s been a constantly changing formation of over 140 collaborators, preeminently musicians from around Barcelona. The only steady members have been Juan Crek and Victor Nubla, who releases great music on his own by the way. I learned about the existence of Macromassa when I found this record in a record store in Mallorca a while back; its raw, experimental and industrial-leaning character pulled me right in. It was the track Baston De Utilicien which stood out to me – it sounds a bit different than the others; more minimalistic and repetitive and without drumming. It could be some sort of tape machine experimentation. These are all live recordings by the way and the sound quality might be off-putting to some, but I love it.
Abraham – Come Live With Me (JBO, 2000)
I picked this record randomly out of a shelf in probably the largest record shop in Switzerland, the Oldies Shop in Berne. The A-side features a female voice singing blues lines accompanied by a quite conservative instrumentation and well-behaved Trip-Hop beats – nothing that picked my interest. But then I flipped the record over and played the track Planet Dole. This tune is alien on this record. No blues scales, no singing, just mostly rythm-based, repetitive weirdness that sounds like a defunctional motorcycle, which makes me ask myself how they generated those sounds. The stereo panning is a bit unusual for the dancefloor, but it can work very well in that setting.
Manuel Troller – Vanishing Points (Three:four Records, 2018)
Manuel Troller is an extraordinary guitarist from Switzerland who is involved in a bunch of different cool projects, one example is his band Schnellertollermeier. The minimalistic and experimental way he plays his instrument on his solo project is the most intriguing to me tough, especially when experienced live (which I did last summer, when I booked him for a venue I work for). His first and only solo record is apart from the beautiful music on it mixed and mastered pleasantly dynamic and quiet, which seems almost like a brave act in those modern times. I don’t know what Manuel Troller is up to nowadays, except for touring in South America with Belia Winnewisser – another great Swiss artist – but I certainly wish he’d release another solo record sometime.
Various – Schwarze Schweiz (Lux Rec, 2019)
My friendship with Lux Rec head honcho Daniele Cosmo goes back quite a few years, we started organising partys together at Kraftfeld in 2013, as far as I remember. I’ve always loved how stringent he and his partner Faber shaped their label, musically and graphically. Their latest release „Schwarze Schweiz“ is a double compilation which features tracks by Swiss artists only. I am happy to be part of this project with one track, it feels like closing the circle.
Texts Andy Mösch