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Jori Collignon's New COLLIGNON Project Debut - 'Pontcha ku Lua' EP | The  Nocturnal Times

Pontcha ku Lua – the captivating EP debut from Jori Collignon’s newly established ‘COLLIGNON’ project – is out now via esteemed Dutch imprint, Reflektor Records.

A unique and creative blend of acoustic world instruments and forward-thinking electronic elements, Jori balances a diverse array of global music traditions and futuristic soundscapes across the impressive three-part EP, to deliver a vivacious and spirited instrumental record that dazzles from the off.

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“Travelling plays a big role in my music,” says the multifaceted Dutch artist from his studio in Portugal. “When I’m at home, or working in the studio, I continue to travel through music. It brings me perspective, it teaches me about the connection between people, the value of diversity in culture…and perhaps on a deeper level the interdependence of humanity and environment.”

With strong influences taken from traditional Western African music, the title track is a high-energy, feel good record, underpinned by the rhythm and melody of five carefully tuned conga drums, played by band mate and chief collaborator Gino Bombrini. Senor Nelson Costa – a celebrated musician from Guinea Bissau – plays guitar, while techno-head Sjam Sjamsoedin crushes a mbira with his modular synthesizer.

Drawing on the sounds of North Africa and Latin America across the remainder of the player (with I Left My Wallet in Essaouira and Noetic), it’s clear that Jori’s inspiration is truly international. A pioneering electronic musician with a penchant for global stimuli, each track positively shimmers with originality and vitality, as he creatively combines motifs and styles in new and interesting ways.

Purposefully shunning lyrics and vocals, Jori Collignon wants the music – and the moods he creates – to speak for itself. “There are so many voices everywhere, so much talk,” he explains. “For now, what I want to say is best expressed just by sound and instruments.”

Such a dynamic approach also extends to his new live show – a loud and loose affair using driven up guitar-amps and live improvisation to push sound and composition to new levels. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Gino Bombrini (former bandmate from SKIP&DIE), their performances are, unsurprisingly, both engaging and passionate.

COLLIGNON – Pontcha ku Lua EP is out now via Reflektor Records.

COLLIGNON – Pontcha ku Lua EP tracklist:

  1. Pontcha ku Lua
  2. I Left My Wallet In Essaouira
  3. Noetic


A life spent on the road has provided endless inspiration for Jori Collignon. But after 15 years criss-crossing the globe with former bands SKIP&DIE, Nobody Beats The Drum, and C-Mon & Kypski, the Dutch producer has settled into a house in Palmela, Portugal, complete with guesthouse, garden, and studio, turning it into a place of inspiration, activity and creativity where many artists pass through, leaving their stories and ideas. And it’s here that Collignon has deepened and expanded his sound, pouring his extensive musical and travel experiences into the rich, diverse, and colourful productions. Jori likes to describe COLLIGNON as his new band: “I’m on the wheel of this bus, but as interaction between musicians often is the thing that makes music come alive, I use this alias to collaborate with different artists from a variety of backgrounds”.

About Reflektor Records:

Combining the decades-long legacy of forward-thinking Dutch electronic music with
fresh new influences from all over the world, Reflektor Records’ mission is to release
music that is not confined to genres and subcultures.

Founders Joris van Welsen and Floor Schiphorst have been mates since high school
and both ended up in very different corners of the music industry. Joris started
Radar Agency and is involved in the careers of acts like Weval, Klangstof and Colin
Benders. Floor on the other hand ended up as a film producer and is, amongst a lot
of things, responsible for the production of the worldwide after-movie content of
Ultra Music Festival. At the start of 2020 Guillaume Warmerdam joined the Reflektor team bringing in experience on the label and distribution side from his time at companies like Fuga, LAB Music and Grandmono Records (Caro Emerald) and from managing artists such as OIJ and Littlekings.