Ziad Nawfal for Radio Alhara // 16 September 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Alhara in Bethlehem – featuring music from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, the USA and Canada:

1. Sandmoon – Angels [2020]
2. Kinematik – Sahu + Bein Mreytein [2020]
3. Postcards – Dead End [2020]
4. Scrambled Eggs – Building A Nest [2012]
5. PanSTARRS – Dor Elfo2 [2019]
6. Maii Waleed + Zeid Hamdan – Ehdefni [2018]
7. Maurice Louca – The Palm Of A Ghost (feat. Nadah el Shazly) [2018]
8. Karkhana – Rock Farock [2020]
9. Kozo – Sky House [2019]
10. Serge Yared – The State Of The Union [2020]
11. Zalfa – Law Ma [2019]
12. Bedouin Burger – Ya Man Hawa [2020]
13. Basel Naouri – Epic Wars [2020]
14. Yusuy – Yours Truly (Mahwoos) [2020]


Ruptured Album Release // FADI TABBAL // Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions

Arriving October 23: the fifth solo album by Fadi Tabbal and the third collaboration between Ruptured Records in Beirut and Beacon Sound in Portland.

On Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions, Lebanese musician, producer and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal delves deeper into the theme of alienation in a suffocating city. Composed and conceived almost entirely at his home in Beirut during Covid-19 quarantine, the record is his most intimate yet. While his previous solo work consisted solely of guitar pieces, this time Tabbal adds tape loops, vocal samples and synthesizers to his sound palette in an attempt to convey the subjectivity of memory and our tendency to write and rewrite history according to the present. The result is seven pieces that veer between minimalism and ambient music akin to recent outings by Pan American’s Mark Nelson and mid-period Stars of the Lid. Three of the tracks feature the voice of Julia Sabra, singer for Beirut dream-pop group Postcards.

Fadi Tabbal has been one of the leading figures in the Beirut music scene for over a decade. He runs Tunefork Studios, a specialized work space which offers customized services including full band recordings, live sound, music production and composition; is a member of several musical projects including electronic duo Stress/Distress (with Anthony Sahyoun) and The Bunny Tylers (with Charbel Haber); has collaborated with Mike Cooper, Oiseaux-Tempête, Youmna Saba, Sary Moussa and Marc Codsi; has produced albums by Postcards, Kinematik and Safar; has recorded and mixed the entirety of Ziad Nawfal’s Ruptured Sessions live series; has done installations and sound design for numerous artists and institutions, including Lebanese art ensemble The Feel Collective, Nada Kano’s Beirut Dance Studio, Petra Serhal and The Sursock Museum; has performed soundtrack work for filmmakers Maher Abi-Samra, Rania Rafei, Roy Deeb, Chadi Aoun, Nadim Tabet, among others; has been the technical director of Irtijal Festival since 2011; and has taught sound at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts since 2012.

Tabbal has released 4 solo albums since 2013, including How’s Annie (Ruptured, 2016) and Museum of Disappearing Buildings (Ruptured + Beacon Sound, 2017). Recently he’s been spearheading the #beirutmusiciansfund, an effort to help local musicians affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut recoup some of their considerable losses. Not known: whether he ever sleeps.

Limited edition vinyl + digital release by Ruptured Records & Beacon Sound.
Wordwide distribution by Cargo Records UK.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE


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Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #4: Amman, Beirut, Tunis

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

Grief Into Rage: A Compilation for Beirut is a 36-track compilation by Jordanian label Grief Into Rage, aiming to raise funds in support of Beirut and its inhabitants. 100% of the compilation’s profits will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross and Tunefork Studios’ Beirut Musicians’ Fund. Notable contributors include Arabs with Synthesizers and Asifeh.

Buy Grief Into Rage here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


System Revival Recordings put together System Revival: For Beirut, The End Of Corruption as a fundraiser for the people of Beirut. 100% of the compilation’s proceeds will go directly to support organizations on the ground in Beirut. Notable contributors to this lengthy 31-track collection include Kujo, Legowelt, MAKH, NP (the duo of Anthony Sahyoun and Jad Atoui), Nur Jaber, Safa and Yasmine Hamdan.

Buy For Beirut, The End Of Corruption here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ma3azef teamed up with New York-based mastering engineer Heba Kadry to curate a compilation of new and unreleased material from regional and international musicians, entitled Nisf Madeena (half city). All proceeds from the compilation’s sales are going to local initiatives working to provide assistance on the ground in Beirut, namely AFAC’s Fundraising Campaign for the Arts and Culture Community, Tunefork Studios’ Beirut Musicians’ Fund, and Beit el Baraka. The 17-track compilation includes contributions by Nicolás Jaar, Zuli, Aya Metwalli, Fatima Al Qadiri, Deena Abdelwahed and Marc Codsi.

Buy Nisf Madeena here.

Ziad Nawfal for Ballroom Blitz x Radio Alhara // 29 August 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s guest mix for The Ballroom Blitz‘s 30-hour takeover/fundraiser at Radio Alhara, with all profits going to Haven for Artists.
Music from and for Beirut:

1. Marc Codsi – Invocation I [2019]
2. Jad Atoui – Alpha 60 [2020]
3. Charles Cohen – Beirut [2015]
4. Kid Fourteen – Can You Be More Concerned [2018]
5. The Bug – Destroy Me (Version) [2020]
6. Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart – Gazelles in Flight [2014]
7. Zalfa – Law Ma [2019]
8. Lumi – From A Dream [2017]
9. Rabih Beaini – Ghadab [2020]
10. Thoom – Large Fly [2020]
11. Aya Metwalli – Manyaka [2017]
12. Muqata’a – Taqamus Muqawim [2018]
13. El Rass & Munma – Freestyle [Ruptured Session 2012]
14. Kinematik – Lalochezia [Ruptured Session 2017]


Ruptured Sessions Mix for Radio Alhara // 21 August 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s guest mix for Radio Alhara, featuring selections from all 6 volumes of “The Ruptured Sessions” [2008-2019]:

1. El Rass & Munma – Freestyle [2012]
2. Fareeq El Atrash – Njoom `Am Te’rab [2009]
3. The Incompetents – Cannibal Blues [2011]
4. Intensive Care – Another You [2010]
5. White Trees – The Game of Love [2010]
6. Charbel Haber – Building A Nest [2008]
7. Sandmoon – Dead of Jericho [2010]
8. Charlie Rayne – Madeleines [2013]
9. Postcards – Flying Saucers [2018]
10. Youmna Saba feat. Fadi Tabbal – Tehfi [2008]
11. Safar – Overlove [2015]
12. Alko B – Some Things [2019]
13. Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Early Embankment [2011]
14. The Wanton Bishops – Whoopy [2013]
15. Who Killed Bruce Lee – Pool Party [2013]
16. Mashrou’ Leila – Im Bimbillila7 [2009]
17. Kinematik – Lalochezia [2017]


Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #3: Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 + Tunefork Musicians’ Fund

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 is the latest iteration of Ziad Nawfal‘s series of live recordings in the studios of Radio Lebanon. Spanning a period of 10 years, this collection includes live versions of songs by Lebanese musicians Alko B, The Incompetents, Kinematik, Postcards, Safar, The Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, and Youmna Saba, as well as previously unreleased tracks by Charlie Rayne, Cosmic Analog Ensemble, and El Rass & Munma.

All Bandcamp sales from this release will be forwarded to Tunefork StudiosBeirut Musicians’ Fund, aimed at providing relief to musicians impacted by the deadly blast of August 4th. The fund will replace musicians’ damaged recording equipment, instruments and various music gear.

Buy The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 here.
Read Scene Noise‘s review here.
Donate to Beirut Musicians’ Fund here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #2: Amsterdam, Beirut, Portland

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

Amsterdam-based electronic label Modular Mind, headed by Lebanese musician Kujo, reduced the price of its discography by 80% (offering its whole catalog for a mere 10 euros). All resulting sales will be used to support families whose homes were devastated in the blast.

Buy Modular Mind‘s catalog here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


German musician Alfred 23 Harth, nowadays based in Seoul, donated to Beirut’s free improv label Al Maslakh Records an album entitled Neowise. The album consists of previously unreleased live recordings from A23H’s Gestalt Et Jive quartet, featuring Steve Beresford, Ferdinand Richard and Peter Hollinger. All sales of this digital album will be donated to Lebanese organizations providing relief to the victims of the Beirut explosion.

Watch “Gestalt Et Jive” here.
Buy Neowise here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beirut-based dance label Diggers’ Delight Records released a ten-track compilation entitled Beirut Bounce Vol. 1 in June 2020. It features 10 artists from Beirut hailing from varied musical backgrounds, serving up a selection of house, techno and ambient grooves. All proceeds from digital sales will be donated to relief efforts in Beirut, following the devastating effects of the August 4th blast.

Buy Beirut Bounce Vol. 1 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For its 50th release, Portland-based label Beacon Sound released Points Of No Return, a compilation of unreleased tracks by artists who have worked with the label over the years in a variety of contexts. This 2 hour, 22-track compilation presents a diverse roster of artists operating in the field of contemporary electronic, ambient and indie music. All digital proceeds will be donated to Impact Lebanon, a nonprofit collecting funds for the relief and reconstruction efforts in Beirut.

Buy Points Of No Return here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #1: Berlin

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

Berlin-based label Syrphe Records, a platform for experimental and noise music from Asia and Africa, put out four compilations entitled Retrieving Beirut, with music by 94 acts from 40 countries. Featured genres include ambient, drone, techno, prog rock and industrial. Proceeds will be offered to one or more Lebanese charities.

Read Scene Noise‘s review of Retrieving Beirut here.
Buy Retrieving Beirut here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lebanese musician Rabih Beaini released The Sacred Rage on his label Morphine Records. The 12-track compilation features new tracks by the likes of German musicians Monolake and Rashad Becker, Lebanese musicians ‘A’ Trio, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, and Beaini himself. All proceeds will go to organisations working on the ground in Beirut.

Read CDM’s review of The Sacred Rage here.
Buy The Sacred Rage here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Solidarity With Beirut from the Berlin-based label Habibi Funk features seven cuts by artists from Beirut, including Roger Fakhr, revered band Ferkat Al Ard and Munir Khauli, whose track, “Heik Ha Nishtghil?,” was recorded in the mid-’80s. All proceeds from the compilation will go to the Lebanese Red Cross.

Read Scene Noise‘s review of Solidarity With Beirut here.
Buy Solidarity With Beirut here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ziad Nawfal for Radio Raheem // 24 July 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s live 60-minute mix recorded at/for The Ballroom Blitz‘s weekly takeover at Milano’s Radio Raheem. With artists from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Sudan:

  1. Muqata’a
  2. Jad Atoui
  3. Stephanie Merchak
  4. Bachar Mar-Khalife [Sama’ Remix]
  5. Deena Abdelwahed [Dawan Remix]
  6. Sufyvn
  7. Zeid Hamdan
  8. Hadi Zeidan
  9. Ceasar K + Gme
  10. Rise 1969
  11. Diamond Setter
  12. Stephanie Merchak
  13. The Bunny Tylers [Jad Taleb Remix]
  14. Soapkills
  15. Index/Left [Ziad Moukarzel & Jawad Nawfal]
  16. Mutamassik
  17. Katibe Khamseh
  18. Rise 1969
  19. Munma
  20. Ceasar K + Gme

Watch video here


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Ziad Nawfal for SceneNoise // 06 July 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s set for renowned Egyptian online platform SceneNoise, showcasing some of the most prominent Lebanese electronic producers of the last 20 years.

Featuring music by Jad Atoui, Tarek Atoui, Bakisa, Rabih Beaini, Liliane Chlela, Marc Codsi, Rhea Dally, Tony Elieh, Joseph Ghosn, Charbel Haber, Kid Fourteen, Kujo, Stephanie Merchak, Ziad Moukarzel, Sary Moussa, Jawad Nawfal, Rise 1969, Safa, Anthony Sahyoun, Nabil Saliba, Fadi Tabbal, Elyse Tabet and Hadi Zeidan.

[Read the full article here]