Jaune Toujours' latest has been a labour of love for the band. They worked with focus and determination. Again, they continue to push at musical boarders: from lazy and groovy to intensively nervous, contagiously cheery and exuberantly etnic. Music with a clear message, that can only put you in a good mood.
Along for the ride are the “compagnons de ROUTES”, musical friends who have helped bring variation to the album. All are musicians with whom Jaune Toujours has a sound relation after years of collaborations: the Roma-women of Mec Yek, the hypnotic percussion of LKMTIV, the krar (a 5-string Eritrean instrument) from Radio Transit revelation Samson Okbo and the powerful horns and percussion of the Gangbé Brass Band from Benin.
That said, ROUTES is still very much a Jaune Toujours album. “We only play the music we like” says frontman Piet Maris, “and our lyrics say what they have to say, without compromise. We want to kick ourselves and the rest of the world into having a necessary social conscience. C’est parti!"
Piet Maris vocals & accordeon
Théophane Raballand drums & percussion
Mathieu Verkaeren upright bass
Mattias Laga sax soprano & clarinets
Bart Maris trumpet
Dirk Timmermans trumpet
Yves Fernandez-Solino trumpet & flügelhorn
Martial Ahouandjinou trombone on C’est Parti
Katia & Mielka Pohlodkova vocals on Petit Château
LKMTIV percussion on Azadi
Samson Okbo krar on Si J’étais Toi
Gangbé Brass Band percussion & horns on Ciel Orange
Werner Pensaert at studio Choux de Bruxelles
AudioWorkx Hogeloon & Synsound Brussels
Ted Masseurs at gc Nekkersdal Brussels (percussion Azadi)
Floris Bogaert at De Bijloke Gent (Ciel Orange)
Werner Pensaert at Synsound Brussels & AudioWorkx Hogeloon
Uwe Teichert at Elektropolis