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OUT  NOW: MAUGLI  Alba Remixes
(YNFND 022 – digital)

MAUGLI made loads of friends during his past travels, outputs & thoughts on global beat music. Arguing about cultural reconstruction is something we do not leave in the comment areas, we prefer to deal with it in our studios. So did MAUGLI with his genre-bending “Alba” release of the year 2021. Six ambitious musicians were hired to reconsider the organic sounds of “Alba” from yet another background.

The english producer and one half Shika Shika founder El Búho accepted the challenge, followed by a bunch of swiss underground statements like the bouncy vibes of Twerking Class Heroes, another diverse Lokke funk mark or the sedative attitude of Ali Dada. Finally balanced by the label mates Soček & Kundan Lal.

The outernational roundtrip goes into extension, keep the spirit & upgrade your ticket now on all digital providers.

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MAUGLI  Alba“  – REPRESS out soon
(YNFND 021 – 12″vinyl & digital)

MAUGLI blends vibrant sounds and driving rhythms from all over the globe. With a background as a drummer and of various styles, his genre-bending music blends sampling and recording into a lively collage. His crisp arrangements balance an electronic yet organic feeling.

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His debut album “Alba” (translated from Italian as “sunrise“) is inspired by traditional music and the dance rituals of various Afro cultures and their diaspora such as capoeira, work songs or gnawa.
While seeking to translate their spirit into the present day, MAUGLI combines these elements with electronic music, wobbling synthesizers and stomping beats.


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Abagore Barashoboye
(YNFND 020 – 7″vinyl & digital)

Andi Otto & Sophie Nzayisenga met in Kigali in January 2020. The recordings took place during the research for the theatre performance “Learning Feminism from Rwanda”, which has been created by the Flinnworks collective from Berlin together with artists from Rwanda in 2020.
Sophia Nzayisenga is the first female master of the Inanga, a traditional stringed music instrument, currently a favourite of young Rwandan musicians. Her father, Thomas Kirusu, one of the most renowned Inanga players, began to teach Sophia at a very young age. At the tender age of nine, Nzayisenga started performing at different concerts amidst the great opposition that was based on her gender and cultural norms: “Many people used to tell my father to stop me from what I was doing with the argument that I won’t get married because I was doing a man’s job” she recalls, “thinking that some particular activities should be done by a particular gender can block you from your potential. But with today’s gender equality advocacy, people should know that what a man can do a woman can do. Musical talent runs in my family, as far back as my maternal and paternal grand fathers.” Nzayisenga says.
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African feminists see Rwanda as role model and success story for high female representation in politics, education and workplace. Males tend to outnumber females in most parliaments around the world, but not in Rwanda. Rwanda was the first country in the world to have more than half of its government run by women. “If I die today, I would die a happy woman because I have achieved my dream of keeping our traditional culture booming and inspiring many youth to learn it” she discloses.
Learning feminism from Rwanda!

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Daniel Holmes “U still hit my phone up”
ynFree015 – OUT NOW

Daniel Holmes returns to YNFND with an heartfelt edit and rounds up our ynFree serie to the 15th release. While looking back at the last year, his new contribution appropriately signs the picture most of our fellow artists felt and still feeling right now. Somehow dark with little hope hidden somewhere. This is not just a autotune remake of an mainstream hit (which is a premiere in our realms), it is also a dedication to a lost friend.

In memory of James le Roux.
Rest in peace brother.



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El Mago “Ikare/Deadale”
ynFree014 – OUT NOW

Following up the 7″ split with Mettabbana, we are finally releasing the digital version of “Ikare” alongside an second jam from El Mago “Deadale”. If you missed El Mago’s debut “Kanénas” (YNFND019), this ep might be a good start to get hooked.

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Romanski “Mystics and men”
ynFree013 – OUT NOW

We welcome the persistent producer ROMANSKI under the umbrella.
With some continuous escort service into the blue.
A mystery tour along decent motion & controlled emotion.

Something gets me started, something holds me down, 
a voice is calling, liquid drops are falling.
Tuned percussions respond on synthetic questions about:
who are we supposed to be – who´s my saviour on this free
part of programmed symmetry?

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EL MAGO “Kanénas” – YNFND019
12″ silver vinyl & digital – OUT NOW

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Singer and producer El Mago, based half in Thessaloniki and half in Berlin, ties between two identities as greek and german. Transfusing the roots of urban Greek music `Rembetiko ́ with modern electronica, he symbolises his personal journey with the connection of his two cultural identities. In this way, Rembetiko meets Trap, poetic folk vocalism meets HipHop and the old powers of ambient seas meet the new powers of the Off-Beat. Hereby he creates: ancient bass.

The story of Kanénas is told via 4 Tarot cards, “Gígantes”, “Thálassa”, “Filakí”, “Potámi”. Vicky Papazoglou from London, bridges the old mysticism of the Tarot with contemporary visual dimensions. As an alternative to classic landscapes, thrones or depictions of hell, she vaults us into vast spaces, geometric prisons, and 1000110 demons.  In this manner, she creates: ancient digitalism.

Every Tarot card is chaperoned by a poem. The poet, Lina Rococco from Thessaloniki, isn`t just explaining the cards, she is doing the only thing worth being called poetry: Describing the indescribable – lending words to the unspeakable. You won’t find answers, instead questions so often suppressed. She too, bridges the old with the new and creates: ancient feminism.

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YNFND018 – 7″ vinyl – 325 copies – OUT NOW


The wind of change is blowing strong again in late 2020. Wich statement fits such worldwide transformation? We don ́t know, but we keep blending & interacting different cultures. One 7“ vinyl, two sides of the story.

El Mago from Greece is hooking up with south american native ceremonials. The Berlin/Thessaloniki based ritual master (down)beats all strains of cultural appropriation with smart style and groove straight outta subcultistan.
Followed by Mettabbana from the divided states of America, editing sahrawi classic on liberation, hope & vision. Seductive repetitions, subtle as the saharan sands, riding on trance- inducing guitar loops, arabic percussion & harmonies.

This vinyl will last longer & will survive our thoughts and needs. For any queries: the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

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Mettabbana “Anticuario” – EP
ynFree012 – OUT NOW

We welcome Mettabbana from the divided states of America to your our ynFree download serie with a 3 track E.P. .
Starting with sahrawi classic about liberation, hope & vision.
This release seduces you with repetitions in subtlety as the saharan sands.
Riding on trance- inducing guitar loops, you’ll find arabic percussion along side harmonies from all around the world.

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Xelal Ko – Meï Teï Shô – Phil Weé edit
ynFree011 – OUT NOW

Still you need free in times of isolation –
We supply another soundtrack to it :
Phil Weé pays tribute to one of his favorite afrobeat bands:
Meï Teï Shô from Lyon.
Subtle electronic beats meet the pulse of traditional music.

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Song of the road – Jason Molina –
funkenschleuder edit
ynFree010 – OUT NOW

10 is a magic number.
We welcome funkenschleuder to the 10th round of our ynfree serie.
It‘s a dub for the road thats keeps you rolling.
The bass is driving and you are the passenger.
Take a backseat and enjoy the clouds passing by.
R.I.P. Jason Molina.

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KUNDAN LAL “مجلس | Majlis” – YNFND017
10″ vinyl & digital – OUT NOW

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Two years after his hypnotic debut album “Periodic Perciotic”, wanderer of the worlds Kundan Lal returns with new outernational downbeats!
Three of the tracks on “مجلس | Majlis” are based on Pakistani dance classics by Muhammad Ashraf (PAKY LIFE), Khalil Ahmed (OVO RHAPS), Sohail Rana (VULGAR DRAGONS), and one on turkish psychedelia by Moğollar (TUDAMUS).
Selected micro-sequences of these old recordings are tangled up in a dubby soup of Dr. John-esque swamp percussion, off-beat bass lines, droney organs, a creaking synthesizer assembly and the trademark oriental field recordings by Kunsaf Halil, which are spread all over the record.
“مجلس | Majlis” can perhaps be seen as the missing link between Débruit and the Contact Field Orchestra.

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Twerking Class Heroes – Recital Orchestre Mopti (Edit)
ynFree009 – OUT NOW

From Mopti to Basel. Hot saharan wind and desert guitar riffs swirl up in rising synths and arpeggios. Now you can see the niger taking its way through the swiss alps. Basel hits the steppe.

The Swiss duo Twerking Class Heroes comes around with a very groovy, electronic and beat driven version of the Recital Orchestre de Mopti from Mali.

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KUSHTtogether” (vinyl/digital)

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Kusht surfaces with a playful release full of tottery synths, crisp percussions and mind-bending samples.
 On this 6-track LP released on almost occult YNFND from Germany’s ever rainy baltic coast, the Scottish producer easily blends bluesy guitar riffs with wailing electronic pads. Shuffled backbeats melt with ominous samples into a sticky glue,
trapping every listener into a bouncy dance.

Kusht can already look back on a vivid and versatile back-catalogue but still manages to top it off with a many-sided and thought-out work of art in his signature style. This 12″ full of folkloristic beats has what it needs to become
oneofthisyear’s secret weapons, with early support of some of Germany’s acknowledged tastemakers.

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Alice Phoebe Lou + Olmo “Devil’s Sweetheart”
Pigmalião Remix
ynFree008 – OUT NOW

It is a simple equation: Alice Phoebe Lou + Olmo + Pigmalião = a dark and bluesy hit that crawls on your back, claws on tight, tingles in your spine and hisses in your ear : Hey, you, you with your head in the clouds …

Despite the already stunning original, Pigmalião crafts a solid foundation of beats and synths for this bittersweet anthem.

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M.RUX “el baraka” (edit) – ynFree007 – OUT NOW

Silhouetted districts with square shaped mud houses. There is always a crowd of men & boys around strangers in town.

M.RUX processed another gem of gnawa tradition, found in the souks of Tiznit. Goat string driven blues beaten by refurbished percussion & dance figures. Camel skin drums, edgy waves of a classy synth and vocals that call and response to them lord.

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TOFU RESiSTANCE debuts full length “1//23”

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Exploring rhythms and instruments from all over the world has always been a motive in the music of German producer Tobias Kleine aka Tofu Resistance.
His full length debut following a 7“ release on the label YNFND shows him expanding, deepening and developing his passion and techniques in a fusion of various influences. Although sampling still plays a key role in his productions, Kleine plays most of the instruments featured in the album, from Fender Rhodes inspired synthesisers to his Brasilian berimbau or the asian jaw drum.
Originally a trained drummer, you can hear his focus on rhythm and percussion without losing sight of harmonies or intrumentation. 1//23 is a stunning debut with depths and edges that dive into colorful downbeats and shapes, often creating mystery yet solidity, as the album title promises.

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YNFND 014  –  300 numbered copies 7“ vinyl (SOLD OUT)
but unlimited free data to download 

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Pigmalião, not only known for his elegant productions, but for digging the vinyl crates, found another gem
in musical history, this time from Japan. Being truthful to Itsuroh Shimoda’s original he extends the percussion line, shapes the bass and adds psychedelic synths that send shivers down your spine.
Martha van Staaten debuts with her first production. An edit of the Lijadu Sister’s original ‘Osupa I’. Skillfully chopped and baked together. Floating guitar hooks, a laid back bass-line and finely-spun rhythms are the ingredients in that ode to the moon. As the wolf howls: ‘a-ooooooooo’.

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M.RUX “in the hold” REPRESS in RED ViNYL


YNFND 009 M.RUX epic debut EP originally released in 2016 returns in 2018 as red-edition, limited on 300 copies

The new release from Berlin-based multi- instrumentalist and DJ, M.RUX, is a something of a contradiction: at once a slow grind in sweaty ecstasy, while at the same time observing you coolly from a distance, legs crossed, tapping one foot gently. The same goes for the construction of the music. Deceptively simple at first listen, each track builds until a complex, dirty-minded concoction of soul samples, melodies, beats and varied sounds becomes clear.

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KUSHT hits the family

Once upon a time dj Gammler came around the corner with a hint to this scotch guy in Oslo named KUSHT. After mental handshake we met on the slowest dancefloor in town and headed up for more. Here you go with our first affair: A delta of christian spirituals and pop blueprints (your mother would like) by Emmylou Harris – stripped down & reassambled by Buddy aka KUSHT striking for our solid ynFree series at number 5. Shaky beats, petting melodies & potent grooves. May the data be with you.

free download ynFree 005 :
KUSHT : Emmylou Harris – Edits
on Bandcamp

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RLHBSLCN “30 Huevo Mi Patrona” (YNFND 013)
o u t   n o w

Come closer to the fire, traveler. Rest.
Observe the sparks rising into the night sky.
Their flight is not random, and neither is ours.


8 masterpieces (6 on vinyl + 2 digital bonus) or

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RLHBSLCN’s `30 Huevo Mi Patrona´ is a welcome respite for journeyers of all modes of travel. Recorded in his hometown Mendoza, he wandered the streets and back alleys, sampling and lurking around for inspiration, resolving in an acoustic transmissions with synthetic textures and argentinian rhythms. Ambling and disheveled on the surface, a hidden precision reveals itself to the careful observer. Sometimes one has to get lost in order to be found. May 30 Huevo Mi Patrona be your auditory traveling companion.

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MAUGLI’s debut hits off with two fresh tracks for our free download series

The first song „Away“ starts dark with choppy guitar licks, chants and arpeggios, repeating, twirling and pulling you in, drawing you deep into its rhythmic african world. A warm percussive piece, underlined by deep bass and shaky synths, warping and weaving in and out. Schweben’s „Away“,a sample of Merlui Miranda’s „Pamé Daworo“, Ogoya Nengo and The Dodo Women’s Group’s „Kadana“ have been warped into the track.
„I bought a Shotgun“ the infamous Screamin’ Jay Hawkins used by sample trio „Den Sorte Skole“, returns to stage. Based on the pounding guitar pattern of Damon’s Song „Did You Ever“ Maugli kickstarts his second track with a bass and a beat that gets your teeth churning and shakes you to the bone. With delightful twists and turns the track becomes a catchy headbanger that is hard to rest on.

free download ynFree 004 :
MAUGLI “away” & “did you ever” (edits)
on Bandcamp

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Daniel Holmes and Tofu Resistance teaming up for 7“

split 7“ vinyl // 45 rpm
325 numbered copies : shoplink

“Madonna a dítě (II)” by Daniel Holmes shows off with its stumbling percussion. The vocal sample from an old czechoslovakian record darkens the sky for a second before the organic grooving bass meets synthesizers and beats to illuminate the shade and leads us to a brighter and powerful climax.

“The Awakened“ by Tofu Resistance combines formidable beat skills and soothing instrumentation with a poem of empowerment. Slow grooves and peachy synths accompany a pounding mouth harp and a sample of Alicia Keys voice repeating, “if war is holy?”.

Both tracks previously released in our free digital download series ynFree.

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“If war is holy and sex is obscene,
we’ve got it twisted in this lucid dream.“

We are thrilled to welcome our friend and collaborator Tofu Resistance to our free download series with a very unique, powerful and expressive arrangement. “The Awakened“ combines formidable beat skills and soothing instrumentation with a poem of empowerment that makes you wonder and think about our current status of equality of gender, race or nationality.

free download ynFree 003 :
TOFU RESiSTANCE “The Awakened”
on Bandcamp

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back in stock

The pioneering debut and one of the most flavoured albums of 2016 –“Tropical Bird Club” by JAJA is back in stock.
Vinyl-repress with updated artworks but equal substance.

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still hot

YNFree 001 & 002: free digital download series feat. Daniel Holmes & Soček via Bandcamp
YNFND 011: outernational fakelore & fourth-world-fantasys by Kundan Lal “Periodic Perciotic”
YNFND 010: six hand-crafted remixes of M.RUX epic “In the Hold” now on vinyl via hhv.de

a b o u t
YNFND, born out of an artist collective, event organisation & friendship, this small baltic DIY label is known for its eclectic blend of organic and electronic tunes. Focusing on colorful productions beside the mainstream, YNFND acts as source of inspiration for alternative ways of making & publishing music. Nowadays based around Rostock and Berlin, they are also busy as a booking agency and musical network for artist from all around the world.


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