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Mitxelena - Caravan Tapes

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The Antwerp rapper drops a poetic EP made entirely in his caravan during self-isolation.

An old caravan in your parent’s backyard is not a bad place to spend the lockdown, Simon Mitxelena thought. Since he was now unable to go to the studio, the Roedel-member had to stall the preparations for his debut solo album. Fortunately, he had still plenty of beats to play around with. The output of that time in isolation is a brand new 5-track EP.

“I wanted to continue to work on my debut album”, Mitxelena says. “But being in this different environment made it so difficult to find inspiration and motivation. Around that time, a friend of mine in Chile sent me some music to play some saxophone lines on. Instead, I sent him a demo recording with my voice. That song eventually became ‘Briesje’. A few days later, Alois (a rapper-producer from Ghent) sent me a folder with some of his beats. Suddenly I found myself with five potential songs, and that’s how I got the idea to bundle them in a small project”.

The Caravan Tapes will be out on a limited run of 50 cassette tapes, available from Friday onwards on Sanseveria's webshop. Gaia Lufrano made the artwork. Every track of the EP will get a short video, directed by Achiel de Vlerk.