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Slaapwel Records is a small record label specialized in music to fall asleep to. Often I find myself lying awake in bed, not sleepy enough to fall asleep, not lively enough to keep doing stuff. I figured it would be good if there was more music that soundtracks the thin border between being asleep and lying awake, deliberately choosing the sleepy side of things. So I set out, looking for people that would be good at making mind-soothing songs. I ask them to write a sleep-inducing record, I listen to it, and when I fail to reach the end because I fell asleep, I release it as a musical record. All artists are various people I met through the years, different yet all connected with their unique talent. I think they are very good at making "boring" music. This is not an insult. I love their music to death and I think they are all very capable of making wonderful sleep-inducing songs. In any case, don't make too much of it. It is all just good fun. Sleepy fun.

Demo Policy

I'm really humbled by all the requests for releasing a record. It's very flattering you think slaapwel could be a good home, but, in all honesty: if you made an album and you're looking for a label to release it: slaapwel can't do that for you. Slaapwel only releases albums specifically made for people to fall asleep to. Much like a scientist, I do a test with each submission before releasing it. If you want to make something special, feel free to send it over using the dropbox below. I promise I'll try it out, if it works, I'll get back to you, if it doesn't, I prefer staying quiet because it is no fun to say it didn't work. :-) 


We're back!



Dear sleepy friends!

Wim, founding father of Slaapwel Records and long time friend, asked me last year if I wanted to take care of the label. Since I loved the label from the beginning, I accepted with no hesitation and started my search for sleepy tunes. 

I heard Heine Christensen aka Ghost and Tape was very interested in making a Slaapwel-album. Heine and I got in touch, and so it began! Slaapwel alumnus and friend Ralph Steinbrüchel (ORDNER) took care of the graphic design, and photographer Brian Young provided beautiful pictures. 

It took us some time, but here we are, very proud to present you Slaapwel xii: 'Shift', by Ghost and Tape.

A wonderful album with warm and soothing music, a perfect Slaapwel soundtrack, not only as the reawakening of the label, but also one that will guide you from awake to sleep. 

I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do. 

Sleep well!

//stijn, slaapwel records


Hello sleepyheads!

We know, it's been a while, but we're waking up again, and we have some exciting news!

On 12 and 13 november, we're teaming up with our friends of the wonderful Dauw-tapelabel for two Slaapwelnights/Dauwmornings at Kunstencentrum Stuk in Leuven.

Falling asleep won’t be a problem as Machinefabriek, Simon Scott and Sonmi451 will guide you through the night, while Sokkyō will wake you up with warm loops & melodies.

Beds and breakfast will be provided, so take your pyjamas and toothbrush and come over! 

Hope to see you there!



Two New Releases!

Looks like we've got something to celebrate. Not only does Slaapwel Records exist five years, with this very blog post we're releasing our tenth sleep album! And we're celebrating it with an eleventh! 

Johan G. Winther
For Ingar Gustavsson grew out of a battered cd-r with old recordings made for Johan G. Winther's grandmother. After playing it to some friends, thinking & tinkering, a lengthy album was born - and a beautiful one at that; humble, restrained and precise, humming w/ respect & gratitude. Imagine Arvo Pärt as a bedroom musician, laptop processing his Für Alina pieces with the same understanding and confidence that he originally composed them. Read the full story here. You never fell asleep so calmly! (ps: more on Johan is here)

CD comes in our traditional Stumptown Arigato Pak + stitched picture, with one-of-a-kind xeroxed/screenprinted artwork by Tom ten Voorde. 300 copies. Buy Here.

Our 11th publication is by the excellent Seaworthy. I just looked up the very first few e-mail conversations Cameron and I had about a release on Slaapwel Records. Not only does our first email date back to autumn 2008, it explains this release a good deal. Cameron explained that, round the time his first child was born, he recorded some tracks which he liked to call ‘sleep loops’, pieces of either guitar, electronics, ukelele or music box that were used as lullabies for his daughter. He reworked these tracks into one long piece of shimmery soundwaves. Meanwhile both Cameron and I got another child (not together, you silly :)), so he made another lullaby which is included here as a hidden 'bonus' track --- and suddenly we’re four years later and finally ready to release Sleep Paths, a patient, floating piece that’s absolutely sleepworthy.

CD comes in our traditional Stumptown Arigato Pak, yet stitched with original wallpaper of Cameron's childhood bedroom - first 50 copies came with a free xeroxed booklet (edit: booklets are alle gone now)  made by Seaworthy himself - no reservations/no extra charges, this one's a gift from Cameron to the early supporters. Comes with a free download only 'bonus' track if you order at slaapwel directly.  Almost 300 copies. (I lost count, there wasn't enough wallpaper). Buy Here.

Slaapwel Events
On saturday the 1st of September there's another Slaapwel Records labelnight! This edition features concerts by Greg Haines, Machinefabriek and a rare performance by SONMI451. Not to be missed if you ask me! So get your pyjama's ready and book a trip to Hasselt, BE. Tickets are available here:

A week later, there's the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht, NL. It might not be a labelnight, but they're hosting a place to enjoy a bed & a concert at the same time. Among the performers: Simon Scott, The Puddle Parade, Machinefabriek, Johan G. Winther/Tsukimono & Eli Keszler. Should be fun! Info: (go to 6th, 7th & 8th of September)


Best of 2011 According to Slaapwel Artists

Because it's an undeniable fact a year can not end properly until everyone has posted their year end lists, I asked all artists from the slaapwel roster what their favorites are. Some gave me a top 5 sleepy records, others chose records they listened to the most in 2011 - even if they were old records - so by no means is it a very coherent list, but no doubt the records you see here are worth checking out if you're into Slaapwel-ish music.

If you look at those lists, it seems like I should be talking to Nils Frahm, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma & Cory Allen sometime soon :)

Special thanks to Simon, who took time to give a little review as well - check for those at the bottom! 

STEINBRÜCHEL (Top 5 sleepy records with occasional waking up from 2011)
Cory Allen - Pearls
Matty Bye - Elephant & Castle
Machinefabriek - Sol Sketches
In The Country - Sounds and Sights
Nils Frahm - Felt

PETER BRODERICK (Top 5 records for drifting off released in 2011)
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Conversations With Myself
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - s/t
Machinefabriek - Sol Sketches
Félicia Atkinson - The driver
Nils Frahm - Felt

MACHINEFABRIEK (Top 5 sleep records from 2011)
Cory Allen - Pearls
Nils Frahm - Felt
Michael Gordon / Slagwerk Den Haag - Timber
Köhn - Random Patterns
Jefre Cantu Ledesma - Conversations With Myself

SIMON SCOTT (Top 5 records to sleep to in 2011)
Steinbrüchel - Narrow
Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer - In Place Of Such Graceful Shapes
Steve Roden - Proximities
Seaworthy - 1887 & Live In Melbourne
Intrusion - The Seduction of Silence

WOUTER VAN VELDHOVEN (Top 5 records to sleep to in 2011)
Tsukimono - Time Canvas
Hauschka + Hildur Guðnadóttir - Pan Tone
Simon Scott - Bunny
Mark Fry / The A-Lords - I Lived in Trees
Alvin Curran - For Cornelius

THE BOATS (Craig's Top 5 to sleep to in 2011)
William Basinski - A Red Score In Tile
Richard Gins - Sea Change
Tape Loop Orchestra - Maybe I Told A Small Lie
St Kilda - 'EP'
Scott Morrison - Ballad(s) For Quiet Horizons

SONMI451 (Top 5 Discovered records in 2011)
Various Artists - Kanshin (
Relmic Statute - A Cognitive Trail Of Abstraction
Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
Fujita Masayoshi & Jan Jelinek - Bird, Lake, Objects
Scissors & Cellotape - Scissors & Cellotape

GREG HAINES (5 records bought and loved in 2011)
The Books - The Way Out
Pollen Trio - Roll Slow 
King Tubby - Dub Mix Up 
Tom Waits - The Black Rider
Terry Riley - Lisbon Concert

JASPER TX (Favorite records in 2011)
Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
Pete Swanson - Feelings In America
At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
Entombed - Wolverine Blues
Dark Throne - A Blaze In The Northern Sky

Narrow by Steinbruchel (Room40) 
I love the form and flow of this album and the way that time stands still as it spatially rocks you gently to sleep. Perfect for falling into a deep slumber as there is little information in between the tranquil notes and lightly fuzzed out tones to join up the mental dots in your falling asleep state. I can listen to Steinbruchel's various releases in any environment, I actually listen to it very loud in the car (just in case), but the space and simplicity within his arrangements on this album allow you to tune out of the music. You submissively allow it to become a backdrop to fall asleep to, a musical blanket that is very organic. Wearing headphones you can sometimes hear your own deep breath enter the mix and through speakers your personal listening environment floats in and out of this music. I think the furthest I have got listening to this at bedtime is track three.

In A Place Of Such Graceful Shapes by Taylor Deupree And Marcus Fischer (12k)
The CD is perfect for going to bed with as the 7" single requires the physical act of turning over the record and my turntable isn't beside my bed unfortunately. Amazing from start to finish and I must admit that I usually fall asleep to this as it is ending. It is a real treat to have met them both and seen them play live together twice in 2011.

Proximities by Steve Roden (Line)
I love Steve Roden and also Donald Judd (I must visit Marfa one day) so this release is a win-win combination.

1887 & Live In Melbourne by Seaworthy (12K)
Seaworthy's album 1887 and the Live In Melbourne track have helped me drift off whilst imagining that I lay on some sun drenched shoreline in the warm breeze as I fell asleep during this year. The releases aren't from 2011, as it took me a while to track down these out of print CD's, but once found they were always on during 2011

Intrusion- The Seduction of Silence (Echospace)
Deep and sumptuous music that reminds me of echo bay in Jamaica.


Do The Boats Dream Of Electric Fritz Pfleumer?

The Boats are British duo Andrew Hargreaves & Craig Tattersall. They’ve been on our radar for a long, looong time and finally we’re able to announce that they’ve finished an incredible nighttime soundtrack for slaapwel records. Do The Boats Dream Of Electric Fritz Pfleumer? is a 36 minute composition based on tape loops - their trademark sound covered in (star)dust, gentle static and muffled magnetism. Think William Basinski & Wouter Van Veldhoven.

To accompany the thin border between being asleep & lying awake, they translated the function of dreams into sound. According to one theory about dreams, they act as a way for the brain to discard all of its thoughts, making space for another day of ideas and impressions. This led them to use tape loops and a rudimentary tape delay unit to soundtrack and re-create a soft reset of your brain.

The CD comes in a cardboard sleeve, with a stitched photograph and a brief explanation by The Boats themselves. It's yours for the sweet price of 8 euro + shipping. We've printed 300 copies and they are available now at our webstore.