French collective 10LEC6 (pronounced with the numbers in French ‘Dix-Lec-Seese’ – sounding like Dyslexics in English) today reveal the stunning new video for single “Ayong Ya Yop” along with a remix of the track by NYC producer Tony Quattro, out now via Mad Decent (US) and Ed Banger Records (EU).
Influenced by the danceable side of punk/post-punk (Bad Brains, ESG, The Slits), disco, house, experimental electronic and more, 10LEC6 is the shape-shifting project of French street-artist Simon Bernheim, DJ-producer Jean-Sebastien Bernard, aka Jess from French DJ duo Jess & Crabbe, and Cameroonian vocalist Nicole Adjabe – who sings, raps and shouts in Bulu – a Bantou dialect spoken in the South of Cameroon – hence naming their unique sound ‘Bulupunk’ (The 10LEC6 documentary digs into the backgrounds of the artists and their thrilling, chaotic sound).
Directed by Felix Brady (Stink TV) and filmed in Kazakhstan, the schizophrenic “Ayong Ya Yop” music video (from their 2018 albumBone Bame) leads us into an apocalyptic future where we follow the path of a Kazakh worker, led by his obsessions for a mysterious metal stone.
Director Felix Brady offers the following on his cinematic vision for the track: “This track did not conform to traditional patterns of musical pace. Its form was constantly changing, from deep moaning bass synths to afro induced metallica – it was truly entrancing.The track was almost schizophrenic as it unfolded – as a result it gave me gaps and tonal changes that offered a huge opportunity for an experimental visual.
“It is these paradoxical motifs that inspired me to create the story of a central conflicted character within a dystopian future world. Everything I had ever shot up until then had been UK based and set within a relatively normal backdrop so it was exciting to create a world outside of that.
“I wanted to make an unforgiving world that didn’t care about the protagonist – Kazakhstan with its arid landscapes was perfect for this, it’s also provided our incredible lead who despite not speaking a word of English carried the role perfectly.
“This was truly a blood, sweat and tears job – we had limited crew and resources – and only one week to recce and shoot. From reloading 35mm film in blizzard conditions to meandering our way past wild bulls in Almaty’s largest landfill and accidentally flying our drones in government restricted areas to eating horse meat; it was all a truly remarkable experience which I will never forget.
“The final film is there to be experienced like short film – despite not knowing where he was or where he’s going I want the audience to come up with their own compelling explanations.”