Based in Munich, the multidimensional Karl Hector & the Malcouns play a wildly hybridized meld of Krautrock, neo-psychedelia, jazz-funk, and Afro-beat. The brainchild of visionary guitarist, producer, and songwriter JJ Whitefield and drummer Zdenko Curulija, the band has functioned in lineups ranging from a quartet to a big band. Whitefield also founded Poets Of Rhythm and Whitefield Brothers — two bands whose raw approach to analog recording and retro-funk revivalism opened the door for labels like Daptone and Truth & Soul.
In early 2019, Karl Hector & the Malcouns issued Non Ex-Orbis, an album that went deeper into the myth and legend of Krautrock history and built on the innovation of three of the most influential bands from the 1970s experimental German rock scene: Amon Düül 2, Popol Vuh and Embryo. The set was previewed by the limited-edition single “Mother Seletta.”
Smag På Dig Selv
SMAG PÅ DIG SELV (literal translation: ”taste yourself”) is a three-man, two-saxophone, one-drummer-extraordinaire from the Freetown of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their uniquely primal tenor sax/drums/baritone sax setup and brash stage presence which often includes ski masks and feral screams make them a hedonistic firebrand for analog music, as they instigate instrumental euphoria that audiences of their generation have only ever experienced electronically.