During the last “Proton Drive” by Dublab I discovered an artist named Ssaliva. They played a few cuts that sounded like a production from the 80’s, but the tapes were marinated in cocain & haze and were released in 2011. That is how I picked it up. It’s unbelievable how Lo-Fi a recording from 2011 can be. I fell in love with his album “Thought Has Wings” and to my suprise the record was released on Cassette Tape. But it didn’t suprise me that the 200 limited copies of the tape were all sold out on matthewdavid’s “Leaving Records” (you need to check this label, great stuff!).
Ssaliva is the moniker of Francois Boulanger, a young music maker from Belgium. He’s also known as Cupp Cave, representing another side of his love for electronical music. His Cupp Cave projects don’t appeal that much to me, but his work with Ssaliva is unbeatable in its own way. A strange Lo-Fi sound aesthetic is drifting through the music, but always on point and never so harsh that you’re asking yourself what this crap should be. His music has a good portion of electronic Kraut-Pioneers like Klaus Schulze or Cluster in it.
Today is the worldwide release of his new EP called “RZA”. The 9-track EP takes his work from “Thought Has Wings” to another level and is a fine mix of Electronica and Ambient. My favourite is the opener “Black Soul”, a nice vocal-chopped loop that doesn’t need anything else. The record is out on Vlek Records and there is also a Special Vinyl Edition, limited to 300 copies. The vinyl is golden and the sleeves are handprinted and embossed by hand.
I hope to hear a lot more from this guy! If you like to get more details about Ssaliva check his links below. But hey, there is not much about him in the net. More like a mysterious man!