Last month saw the release of VUURWERK’s ‘G.R.I.P’ EP. To accompany it the band recorded an extended version of the title track and their friend and fellow Run Tell Secrecy member Tobi Jonson filmed a very special video for it.
Sadly shortly after filming took place one of the actors involved, Sander Vangansbeke, passed away and as both the song and video are focussed on death and coming to terms with grief there has been much debate about whether to shelve it entirely.
Having talked amongst the collective and with the families involved though the decision was finally made to go ahead with publishing the video and letting it stand as a tribute to Sander and to the collective of friends, artists, musicians, film makers and more that VUURWERK are part of.
“We dedicate G.R.I.P. in its entirety to S., and his loved ones” – VUURWERK, June 2015
Having won fans around the world in 2014 with their acclaimed live A/V show and remixes for the likes of Bon Iver, Arsenal and School Is Cool, Flemish trio VUURWERK have signed to UK independent Lo Recordings and in February release the G.R.I.P. EP, featuring the vocals of Climb X.
With previous releases on labels such as US indie Mush under the name Jealov, and a critically acclaimed EP on Belgian label Dandelion Lotus that saw the band pick up a Breakthrough Artist award at the Red Bull Elektropedia Awards, the shadowy collective have spent much of the past twelve months working on their debut album, refining their sound whilst working with a wide range of new vocalists.
Opening with the ominous ‘Black Aerial’, VUURWERK introduce us to their new work via a soundscape of claustrophobic Industrial Hip-Hop beats, rattling Techno percussion before the track bursts into life taking its cue as much from the Chicago Footwork scene as it does from the Post-Dubstep Electronica the band have mined on previous releases.
If ‘Black Aerial’ bridged the old and new then ‘G.R.I.P.’ itself is a clear indication of what is to come. Minor key pop that is stained with tears of regret, the music’s late night smudged and bleary textures are contrasted with a beat that tips its hat to the syncopated rhythms of UK Garage providing a fitting setting for Belgian singer Climb X’s weary, lovelorn vocals to bury themselves in.
Providing alternative mixes are hotly tipped Swedish trio DNKL, whose epic cinematic reinterpretation transports the track from a Brussels bedsit to the wide open and majestic Scandinavian fjords and Houndstooth recording artist House of Black Lanterns, who injects more than a hint of his hometown Berlin into the track with a dark and claustrophobic, sludge filled techno rework.
Stream in full below. Get it here.
Following a massively successful 12 months that saw them remix Bon Iver, Arsenal and School Is Cool, Flemish electronica trio Vuurwerk have signed to UK independent Lo Recordings, home to the likes of Luke Vibert, Black Devil Disco Club, The Proper Ornaments and the first British label to work with acclaimed US artist Grimes.
The band have spent much of the past 12 months working with a close circle of vocalists on their debut album and to mark the signing are giving away a new song ‘Wakening’, featuring the vocals of Belgian singer Climb X, who also guests on the band’s debut for Lo, the ‘GRIP EP’ due for release on blue 10” vinyl and digital in March this year (and featuring remixes from Houndstooth artist House of Black Lanterns and hotly tipped Swedish trio DNKL).
A busy month for the band, March also sees Vuurwerk make their Paris debut, playing live at the David Lynch designed Silencio club in Paris, where they will also premiere a new video the band have been working on in collaboration with up and coming Belgian fashion designers STUDIO KRJST. Following their Paris show the band will then head off to the United States where they have been invited to perform at the prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
With the band’s debut album due later in 2015 Vuurwerk are fast establishing themselves as one of their countries most exciting new acts and in the words of leading US electronic music website Thump, “on a fast-track to becoming one of their nation’s notable exports”.
Watch the video for “Wakening” and download it for free below. Video directed by Tobi Jonson.