The Serbian band Belgradeyard came to being as one of the projects by the Belgradeyard Sound System collective, initially a radio show at the then-independent Radio B92, and later developed into a DJ collective and promoter, eventually initiating the Dis-patch Festival of Cutting-edge Music and Related Arts in 2002.What was mutual for all these facets of the organization was the popularization of the marginalized music styles in early to mid 2000s, while the sound of the Belgradeyard band represented exactly the mixture of influences that dominated the radio shows and DJ sets of “BGYSS” – from post-punk, hip-hop and club electronics, to free jazz, afro influences, electro-acoustics and the avantgarde.
The initially bedroom production project released several singles and live recordings for labels such as Klangkrieg, Cosmic Sounds, Ninja Tune, Earsugar and rx:tx. The concert formation of the band was rounded up, which presented an energetic audio- visual experience at festival stages across Europe, combining live instrumentations, samples and electronics. The members of the band in the period from 2003 to 2008 were Goran Simonoski (electronics), Ivan Antić (double bass), Jamal Al Kiswani (saxophone), Relja Bobić (electronics) and Andreja Mirić (video).
Over the course of 6 years playing together, Belgradeyard had more than 60 concerts around Europe, from squats and DIY cultural centers, over the legendary MS Stubnitz all the way to prominent festival stages of CTM, NuMusic, Avanto, Musikprotokol, Wien Modern, Sensoralia or Trondheim Jazz Festival. They also performed at the ICA in London, as well as other theater halls and clubs in Slovenia, Germany, Norway, Croatia, Austria, Greece and France. Sharing stages with the likes of Four Tet & Steve Reid, Wolf Eyes, Murcof, Chicago Undergournd Trio, Kim Hiorthoy, Radian, Tarwater and others, they were one of the rare Serbian and Balkan contemporary music projects to reach critical acclaim outside of the local context, despite never releasing their debut album proper.
It seems that the time has come to set the record straight, as the band has decided to reveal a free download of the never-released album that had been in the works all along. The download is officially released by theirs truly Dis-patch Collective. The album Lost is available for the first time, completely free and with a number of graphic freebies that can also be found on the same page and are derived from the enigmatic cover artwork by the Bosnian visual artist Esh.
Seven out of the eight album tracks rounding up at about 37 minutes are previously unreleased, although they will be very familiar to anyone who had the chance to catch the band live some years ago.
Still, this is not the entire Belgradeyard archive, so another EP will be made available later in the year (featuring remixes from Caribou and Xploding Plastix), as well as a live EP which is meant to transpose the band’s energy onstage, with significantly different versions from the album material. Both will be released later in 2014.