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Bandung, West Java, Indonesia | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | SELF

Bandung, West Java, Indonesia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2005
Duo Electronic Experimental




"Bottlesmoker: Electronic Music Made with Custom Toy Instruments in Bandung, Indonesia"

Bottlesmoker is Anggung Kuy Kay and Ryan Nobie Adzanian, an electronic pop duo from Bandung, Indonesia. When their local record labels didn't know how to characterize their sound, they turned to the web and Creative Commons to share their music under the belief that "if there are 10 people who hate your music, there will be 100 people or more out there who love your music elsewhere." They were right.
Their unique indietronic instrumental sound is created with self-made instruments and circuit bending. Their favorite sounds come from toy musical instruments such as glockenspiel, hand bell, melodica, and pretty much any toy that reminds you of toy phones, radio or Nintendo DS. Inspired by musicians such as Lullatone, Dan Deacon, and Tidy Kid, they describe their music as "a happy place where you do your daily activities" such as sleeping, riding, reading and making art.
Their music first came to us as part of an incredible Indonesian CC Music Compilation brought to us by our curator XEROXED. You can download their full album Hypnagogic here on the Free Music Archive, and check out their website and Soundcloud page for more catchy tunes you'll want to take with you everywhere. - Free Music Archive

"Bottlesmoker; Boredom And Freedom"

Here's something new. This is a great fresh sound that hooked me instantly like an enchanted I-don't-know-what - there's just a certain vibe going on in this song that makes it utterly wonderful and a true joy to listen to. Yes yes yes. This is 'Boredom and Freedom' by a duo from Bandung, Indonesia, who go by the name of Bottlesmoker. But in real life they are called Anggung Kuy Kay (Angkuy) and Ryan Nobie Adzani; together they have been making music since 2005 and are famed for having paved the way for themselves with a completely DIY approach to music. Making use of things as diverse as old mobile phones, xylophones, Nintendo DSs - and through circuit-bending to literally create their own instruments - the pair made more than a few waves on Indonesia's music scene, then-dominated by hard up-tempo house and techno. Not positive waves, mind you. Seriously. Their music, in fact, "wasn’t permitted to play in local radios because of the instrumental concept" - major wtf.
Enter: The Internet. And like some 'it was all a dream' ending, things turned out very well for Angkuy and Nobie. They released their first album via Myspace in 2006 and since then have seen quite a following grow around them, gaining the attention of several record labels along the way. Fast forward to now and they are generally accepted in Indonesia, which is great - but I've just realised I can't really do their story, as it were, justice. So go read about them here.

Anyway, Bottlesmoker have just released (like two days ago) a new album entitled Hypnagogic that you can download for free. Yes for free. It's part of their creative-commons-what's-yours-is-ours-let's-spread-good-music-everywhere attitude towards, um, music. Head on over to dystopiaq, who is the netlabel releasing this new record. Why aren't I talking about the whole album? Why am I just talking about one song? Because I'm just downloading it myself actually. I need to write about this one song first. Yep - 'Boredom and Freedom' will give you more than enough of an idea of what to expect: amazingness.

Beginning as I suppose a piece of music that evokes boredom - not because it actually sounds boring, far from it; it perfectly provides atmosphere of boredom with ambient drones, echoing 8bit bleeps and a slow lethargic beat. Soon we're going up-tempo, blasted into a euphoric playground of sounds, the preparation of a colourful rocket becoming airborne and exploring the sky: freedom. The bubbling instruments blur and soar past one another, taking your ears to a very happy place for a few minutes. Melodic, experimental, almost videogame in its fun nature, the sound of Bottlesmoker is nearly as amazing and feel-good as the story of Angkuy and Nobie's journey from rejection to pioneers of and inspiration for independent music in Asia itself. - Yes No Music

"7 Must See Acts at Future Music Festival Asia"

Yep, it’s way across the other side of the world from us here in London but Future Music Asia has caught our attention thanks to its stupendous line-up! Taking place in Singapore, which is somewhere we never imagined such a festival could take place, Future Music boasts some serious musical talent from the underground and commercial domains, as well as some fresh Asian artists too, so here’s our guide to some of the must-see acts there… just in case you’re thinking about paying Future Music a visit.

1. Art Department:
Jonny and Kenny have toured the globe extensively over the past few years, refining their sound perfectly and picking up a huge, loyal following. They are masters at the art of back-to-back DJing and, with their second album only recently released, they’ll be doing their utmost to entertain the Singapore crowd when they step up at the festival no doubt.

2. The Prodigy:
One of the UK’s best-known electronic music acts, The Prodigy have been around for over 20 years now and their latest album is due to drop soon. Not only universally respected for their high energy sound, they are also turn in great performances so they are not to be missed.

3. Public Enemy:
One of the most seminal hip-hop groups of all time. Public Enemy add a touch of the hood to Future Music festival, bringing their political, conscious form of hip-hop to Singapore. Chuck D and Flava Flav are bound to go down a storm, make sure you catch them in action!

4. Gorgon City:
Relative newcomers to the world stage, Gorgon City are Foamo and Rack N Ruin, a duo on a mission. In a short space of time they’ve cornered the market in credible yet commercial dance music, traversing the globe with their sound and hitting the charts with songs like ‘Ready For Your Love’.

5. Giorgio Moroder:
A living legend, Giorgio Moroder is considered by many to be one of the pioneers of electronic music composing the timeless ‘I Feel Love’, with Donna Summer, way back in the seventies. His inclusion on the Daft Punk album led to a renewed interest in Giorgio and he came out of retirement to embark on a new career path, resulting in a new album and DJ sets around the globe.

6. Mr. Has:
One of Singapore’s finest, Mr. Has is renowned for his eclectic sets cultivating his own sound since the early 2000s. He won Nike’s Street Style Music award in 2001 and hasn’t looked back since. Hosting nights at Zouk and playing for fashion houses such as Prada and Dior, he is a local act who is not to be missed for sure.

7. Bottlesmoker:
Anggung Kuy Kay and Ryan Nobie Adzani call their sound ‘indie-tronic’, which is pretty self-explanatory.. a combination of indie and electronic music that errs on the side of pop. Their passion for the sharing of music is unwavering and has influenced them to give away their songs for free. Definitely worth a shout. - Deep House Amsterdam


Before Circus Over – Neovinyl Records Netlabel, 2006 (Spain)

Slow Mo Smile – Probablyworse Records Netlabel, 2008 (US) rereleased by Neovinyl Records

Let’s Die Together in 2012, B-sides & Rarities, Misspelled Records Netlabel 2011 (Australia)
re released by Handshakes Records Netlabel (China)

Bottlesmoker On The Other Hands; Slow Mo Smile X (remix), Deathrockstars 2012

Hypnagogic – Dystopiaq Records Netlabel, 2013 (Japan)



Bottlesmoker is a music project found and run by Anggung Suherman (Angkuy) and Ryan Adzani (Nobie), from Bandung, Indonesia. In 2005, this duo has been pioneering experimental electronic pop - indietronic instrumental music. Bottlesmoker has done experimenting in songs writing and production, by making use toys and custom equipments, combined with unique pop sense, which produce a unique and distinct sound presented in 3 albums available in digital releases since 2008. Musically, the group inspired by Lullatone, Dan Deacon, and Tidy Kid.

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