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  • Release Date 2017-09-24
  • Label Outtakes
  • Catalog OUT012
Cord Labuhn / Yangon State Of Mind / Outtakes OUT012

'Goethe Institut and the Berlin Club Commission invited me for a show, talks, studio and DJ workshops to Yangon, capital of Myanmar - the country formerly known as Burma. Lucky me could travel with Lutz Leichsenring, Sascha Disselkamp and Lola Luc, get inspired and meet local talent through musician and social worker Darko C.
One day my mission was to find the 'D.I.Y Studio' run by Logn Logne with only a little piece of paper with an address in Burmese signs. Adventure time.
I met a bunch of local musicians, young producers and writers like i2, Hein Htet (MJN), Right D and T-Zin for a little session. I basically started to cut up a beat out of the field recordings I've made the days before and showed the guys how I make use of found sound sometimes to weave aural memories into music.
They jumped on the groove and came up with different ideas on their instruments and computers. From this jam I took a bunch of loops and sounds home, where I also checked through all my recorded mobile phone video bits. I thought of a piece, that works as a little self-explanatory report what happened on the whole impressive journey where I could learn a lot about high life, low life and freedom - as I basically do all the time making a living with music I love.
Many thanks to everyone I met over there in Myanmar, the crew from the Berlin homebase, Max H. Raeder for the video editing and the Punchi towelscarf to prove useful in tropical heat. Yangon State is the finale of OUTTAKES season one. To be continued. 1love ' C:

Primarily OUTTAKES is a series of musical compositions - songs, beats, tools, recordings and sonic fragments designed to encapsulate a time, vibe and feeling. These collections will see Cord Labuhn open up a selection of his personal folders and archives to give listeners an intimate insight into his mindset and creative processes whilst simultaneously showcasing the talents of some his closest friends and supporters. After a lifetime of crate digging and absorbing music, OUTTAKES sees a rejuvenated Cord go back to his roots and follows a rekindling of his love affair with Hip Hop that saw him hit the studio with iconic names such as KRS-One, Masta Ace and Jeru The Damaja. Coupled with the recent geographical displacement of Robosonic - fate and the Atlantic Ocean have separated the pairing, with Sacha now residing in Los Angeles whilst Cord continues to live and work in Berlin - the time was right to think outside of the box with the creation of an outlet for these evolutionary 'works in progress'.

Aiming to channel the spirit of the memories that helped him form his cultural and musical identity, OUTTAKES won't be limited to sonic offerings and will include photographs and video footage in its bid to tackle 'real life matters'. What Cord means by this is open for interpretation but one meaning he attributes to the phrase is it being a metaphor for physical products you can touch, trade and give-away. Known for his affection for towels - stick with us here - he's also applied his mind to the invention of a towel/scarf hybrid which he calls PUNCHI and uses and distributes around the necks of likeminded people and wet cats.

In the tradition of creating physical product to enhance the musical experience, further opportunity for fans and followers to show some love and support for the free floating digital content on offer will follow with the opportunity to purchase items from his soon to be launched OUTTAKES category on the PUNCHI store:

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