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A few weeks following the release of Lebanese indie band Interbellum‘s sophomore album Dead Pets, Old Griefs on Ruptured, here are some of the reviews that were written about this unique collection of songs:

x Read Lie In The Sound‘s review here

x Read I Can Guarantee‘s review here

x Read We All Want Someone To Shout For‘s review here

x Read Barrygruff Music Blog‘s review here

x Read Arab News‘s review here

x Read Scene Noise‘s review here

x Read Various Small Flames‘s review here

x Read The Revue‘s review here

x Read Indie For Bunnies‘s review here

x Read American Pancake‘s review here

x Read Mp3hugger‘s review here

x Read L’Orient Le Jour‘s review here

x Read GQ Middle East‘s review here

x Read We Love That‘s review here

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Back in October 2014, the Ruptured music label released its first vinyl record, Issrar, by Lebanese electronic artist radiokvm.

A track from this LP is featured in this month’s Wire Tapper #38 exclusive promotional CD, given away with the August issue of UK magazine The Wire.

As with previous volumes this CD, which has been compiled by Shane Woolman, Andy Tait and Katie Gibbons, is packaged in a heavy-duty card sleeve designed by The Wire‘s art director Ben Weaver, and contains a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum, of the kind of underground/outsider musics covered in The Wire.

We are proud!

http://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/the-wire-tapper/the-wire-tapper-38

Issrar was also featured by The Wire on NTS Radio:
http://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/on-air/rewired-25-june-2015

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Four months following the release of El Rass & Munma‘s first collaboration Unveiling the Hidden, on the Ruptured music label, here’s a chance to read some of the reviews that were written about this brilliant and unique album:

x To read Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in AL AKHBAR / Lebanon, click here:
Al Akhbar 15 Feb 2012 (PDF)

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in ANNAHAR / Lebanon (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in ELLE ORIENT / Lebanon (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in music blog REGNSKY.DK / Denmark (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in THE WIRE / UK (click to enlarge):

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x Unveiling the Hidden‘s review in TIME OUT / Lebanon (click to enlarge):

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Volume 4 of celebrated CD series The Ruptured Sessions brings together a selection of some of the finest performers in the world of contemporary electronica, including artists Discipline, Radwan Moumneh, Munma and OkyDoky from Lebanon, as well as internationally celebrated musicians Tashweesh (Palestine), C-drík (Belgium), and Enduser (USA). The sessions were mastered in Germany by C-drík, in his Berlin studio.

About the compilations:

‘The Ruptured Sessions’ is a series of live recordings curated by producer/promoter Ziad Nawfal, and taking place during his weekly ‘Ruptures’ program on Radio Lebanon 96.2FM. These recordings focus on musicians from Lebanon’s alternative music scenes (alternative folk & rock, electronica, improvisation, etc.), as well as visiting international musicians.

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> Tashweesh: Untitled

> Discipline: Untitled sketch (for “Beyrouth”)

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x Read Natalie Shooter’s review for NOW Lebanon (March 4, 2012):

“This week, local music mogul Ziad Nawfal, who hosts the Ruptures radio program, launched the fourth CD in a series of live session recordings. The Ruptured Sessions, Volume 4 is an experimental, electronic affair with seven different artists.

“Untitled Sketch,” by Discipline, is a gently contemplative minimalist piece. Tashweesh – an electronic multimedia project involving some former members of Palestinian hip hop crew Ramallah Underground – offers up a track of soulful hip hop […]. OkyDoky launches a synth-assault in the upbeat, electro-pop track “I am a robot.” Lebanese producer Ghazi Moumeh provides a glitchy slow-paced interlude with “Ya dam’ at al ‘ain.” C-Drik does high-pitched silence in “De vous je me détache,” a […] minimal track composed of occasional bell tolls and one long, drawn out cello note, that […] create a haunting atmosphere. Munma’s “Explorer + Soft integration” is dark brooding minimal tech. The final track from Enduser is the highlight of the album, incorporating a chaotic, bass-heavy jungle beat, samples of Tasmin Archer’s rather cheesy 90s hit “Sleeping Satellite,” and an oriental style dance-off with sweeping strings fighting against the grinding beat.”

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Volumes 1 and 2 of the CD series The Ruptured Sessions, released by the Ruptured label in 2009 and 2010, were reviewed by British magazine The Wire in its December 2010 issue.

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Volume 2 of the CD series The Ruptured Sessions, as reviewed by Thomas Millroth for the very fabulous music blog Soundofmusic, on December 1st, 2010.

http://www.soundofmusic.nu/recension/ziad-nawfal-presents-ruptured-sessions-volume-2

Thomas Millroth is a Swedish writer and art critic. Nowadays he runs the Olof Bright label, alongside Swedish reeds player and improviser Mats Gustafsson.

Unfortunately for readers from this part of the world, Thomas’s review is in Swedish. It’s never too late for a trip to Scandinavia, is what I’m thinking.

 

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The Ruptured Sessions / volume 1
(By Karma Tohmé)

Ziad Nawfal’s eclectic music tastes and his deep knowledge of a wide array of musical genres have made him one of the best DJ’s in town for over 2 decades now, and his name has been tied to the most mythical underground places of post-war Beirut. His radio programs on Beirut’s governmental radio station, Radio Liban, are also a reference for a whole generation of young alternative music lovers. These shows, as well as numerous other professional activities related to music — from working in Beirut’s sole alternative record store, La CD-Theque, to writing reviews for all new releases of Beirut Incognito’s collection, as well as for local and foreign magazines, have led to his extensive involvement with the local music scene. He often acts as a manager, producer, or event organizer for alternative rock, experimental and electronic music artists and bands from the Lebanese scene.

Following in the footsteps of one of his mentors, the BBC’s famed radio host John Peel, Ziad Nawfal presents ‘The Ruptured Sessions, volume 1’: the first CD to be recorded live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during his ‘Ruptures’ show. The sessions were recorded in the studios of Radio Lebanon over a period of eight months, between June 2008 and February 2009. There was initially no actual intent for the sessions to be released onto CD format, which explains the lo-fi quality of some of the final tracks. Artists came to the studio to present some of their favorite musical selections, with an emphasis on their own artistic output, and were eventually invited to grab their guitar and perform a number of songs, live on the spot.

The best tracks from these impromptu sessions were then carefully selected, mixed and mastered by Tunefork Studio’s (one of Beirut’s most prestigious recording studios, for alternative-minded musicians) master-of-ceremony Fadi Tabbal, in collaboration with Ziad Nawfal. The resulting CD features exclusive music by Nadine Khouri, Charbel Haber (the lead singer from punk-rock band Scrambled Eggs, caught in rare acoustic flight), Youmna Saba, Cristobal (aka Christophe Katrib), and The Incompetents.

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LISTEN

Audio 1: Youmna Saba: Tehfi (feat. Fadi Tabbal)

Audio 2: Charbel Haber: It Seems You Had It All Figured Out

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READ

x To read Dan Warburton’s review for The Wire, click here

x To read the Gossip Magazine – Lebanon review (Jul-Aug. 2009), click on the following link: Gossip music page

x Read Matthew Mosley’s review for Daily Star – Lebanon (May 2009):

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