Independent New York/Hamburg based imprint ObliqSound teams up with famed industrial designer Karim Rashid to re-envision the CD design for the 2nd installment of label's remix compilation series 'The ObliqSound Remixes Vol. 2.' The set features stand-out selections from the label's eclectic roster of artists (including Renovation Unlimited, Tama Waipara, Grand Pianoramax and Gilfema - featuring emerging West-African guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke) brilliantly re-worked by a world class collection of contemporary music innovators such as Osunlade, Mark de Clive Lowe, Matthew Herbert, Nuspirit Helsinki, Truby Trio, Atjazz and more.
"For the second installment of our remix series, we wanted to present the release as a unique package," explains ObliqSound co-founder Tobias Tanner. "As a brand, our philosophy is focused on creating a sensual experience - both audibly and visually - for our fans. To launch the second edition of our remix series, we wanted to partner with a designer whose philosophy and artistic aesthetics best complimented our own. Karim Rashid was the most obvious and fitting choice. Karim had not yet designed a CD and being such a music lover and DJ in his own right, it turned out to be a perfect match. Needless to say, he more than met our expectations. He conceived a bold new design for the CD and limited edition carrier that was modern yet classic, sleek and subtle, efficient and portable...something that true music collectors, as well as fashion, design and art lovers could appreciate."
The CD marks ObliqSound's first in a series of collaborative projects pairing the label (and their musical output) with world class designers, creating the perfect opportunity for the burgeoning imprint to expand their audience.
"Art, design and music are so intertwined and intrinsic to one another... they are conduits and modes of self-expression. So when the elegant, bombastic label ObliqSound approached me to design their special remix CD, I was jazzed to say the least," opines Karim Rashid. "I have loved jazz all my life, and my favorite most influential period was in the seventies when jazz got conceptual and funky (dazz, fazz and acid jazz sounds). I love their really contemporary new jazz sound. It has the nuances and flavors of my favorite jazz periods, but takes us to a new level, offering a new axiom in jazz. I wanted to create a techno-visual package that speaks about this new age of digital jazz, of jazz that has been remixed to move our spirits, our lives and touch our modicum and aural landscape."
Where I Go (Mark De Clive Lowe Remix) - Tama Waipara
Percussion Suite (Osunlade Yoruba Peoples Remix) - Tony Devivo