It’s already clear that Israeli duo Red Axes think outside of the box when it comes to music production. After making a name with unique dance cuts on progressive labels such as Life & Death, Hivern Discs, and their own Garzen Records, the forward-thinking artists are stepping it up a notch of their latest works delivered through !K7. While navigating a stacked gig schedule Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi took a journey to Africa where they discovered new grounds and sounds, recorded with local musicians, and hosted workshops in music schools. Lucky for us they recorded the whole thing and will showcase in a new documentary series titled ‘Trips’.
Dubbed ‘a multi media venture combining music, film and traveling across the globe in pursuit of extraordinary collaborations’, the unique sounds are quickly evident in the accompanying !K7 EP. Originally recorded in early 2017, Red Axes and seven-piece Ivorian band, Yakomin, intertwine mechanical drum-machine passages with breathing, live percussion, and recordings of instruments indigenous to the West African coastal region. Amuse’s dusty, afrofunk-leaning synths pair excellently with the celebratory singing and rhythms by students from Abidjan’s Insaac Music School. Addis Sababa’s overdriven, analog electronics escort lesser-known wind and plucked instruments to the sunny finish line in trademark Red Axes style. All in all, this unique take on electronic production is a multi-cultural experience you simply can’t miss.
This Trips documentary is still to come, but a first look in the teasers shows just how exciting the journey is. Produced by regular Red Axes collaborator and filmmaker Nimrod Von Keren, the series sets out to explore ‘transcontinental, nonstandard collaborative experiences’. A unique vantage point on artists willing to go the extra mile, we’re excited to see more tales from the road.
A1 Abidjan feat. Yakomin
B2 Musica Electronique feat. Insaac Students