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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

We're 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 scientists, we do a test with each submission before releasing it. If you want to make something special, feel free to send it over. We promise we'll try it out, if it works, we'll get back to you, if it doesn't, we prefer staying quiet because it is no fun to say it didn't work. :-) 


Monday
Oct112010

Peter Broderick & Tsukimono

For all Belgians: Peter Broderick & Tsukimono will play a concert in the Sint Elisabeth church in Ghent on wednesday the 13th. Last time I (wixel) played there with Greg Haines it was simply amazing. Awesome place to listen to music.

Don't miss!

 

 

Tuesday
Jun222010

New Release! Sonmi451's "Ruis"

Dear Sleepyheads
I'm very happy to announce a new and essential addition to your bedroom (aka the room where the magic happens if you're an mtv cribs dude). Slaapwel Records newest item is Sonmi451's RUIS. It contains a cd, digital download and a Louis Reith print. Pricetag is 8 euro (+ shipping). It is also made in an edition of 500 copies. Sooo... if you want to have it, ... (yes the pretty thing below), ... then you should ... 

BUY NOW
seriously, don't sleep on it! 
(hahaha, you won't believe how long i waited to make this joke!) 

But in all honesty, why I believe you should consider a purchase: Because it simply works! Put the cd on and drift off... The 32 minute piece is a wonderful walk along slowly pulsating sine waves, lingering piano loops, cradling strings and the solar warmth of little cracks, pops and soft hisses. At first it seems to be nothing more but a lovely track, “ordinary” prettiness, though once you are well in your bed, it becomes as essential as your pillow or your favorite blanket. It is probably the most efficient piece we’ve had the chance to release. A lush, soft and hypnotic path into unconsciousness. Also, the CD comes with artwork by dutch designer louis reith, because if you have to look for this cd on a daily basis, it'd better look good. Also, as a side note be sure to visit or 'like' our fancy facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/slaapwel. It's good for our web 2.0 score.

Thanks + have a good rest,

Wim - Jo - Ulrike

Monday
May312010

Peter Broderick still available at experimedia

There are still some copies over at experimedia if you want a physical copy of the latest slaapwel release by Peter Broderick. Hurry! ... because there are less copies than i have fingers - on one hand.

Saturday
May152010

Greg Haines @ Ateliers Claus

Tomorrow Greg Haines will be kicking off his tour of "until the point of hushed support" at les ateliers claus in brussels. If you're around, come and say hi. It'll be a top notch show! at 4PM.

Monday
Mar012010

Slaapwel Artists @ Amsterdam

12th en 13th of march 2010 Smart Project Space will host 2 evenings with 4 slaapwel artists. steinbrüchel, Greg Haines, Simon Scott and Machinefabriek will be playing on those occasions. More details are here. Unlike Leuven it doesn’t include a whole night, but you do get a bed to sit/lie in - much better than standing up!

Important: simon scott & greg haines will only play one night... due to circumstances it's not twice the same line-up.

Lineup 12th: steinbrüchel, simon scott, machinefabriek
Lineup 13th: greg haines, machinefabriek, steinbrüchel.