Lebanese post-rock quartet KINEMATIK released its gorgeous second album “Murur Al-Kiram” in February 2020, with Beirut-based label Ruptured and Portland-based label Beacon Sound. A track from this album is featured in The Wire Tapper #52, a promotional CD given away with the April 2020 issue of leading UK magazine The Wire.
This CD has been compiled by Shane Woolman, Astrud Steehouder and James Gormley and is packaged in a heavy duty card sleeve designed by The Wire’s art director Ben Weaver, and featuring artwork by Brian Lucas. It contains a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum of the kind of underground and outsider musics covered in The Wire.
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An interview with producer, DJ and radio host Ziad Nawfal from Ruptured Records in Beirut.
Recorded by Stefan Christoff for broadcast on @radiockut in Montreal, via Free City Radio.
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
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.
“Issrar” was also featured by The Wire on NTS Radio:
Four months following the release of El Rass & Munma‘s first collaboration “Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden”, on the Ruptured music label, here are some of the reviews that were written about this excellent and unique album
The Ruptured Sessions Volume 4
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 Joseph Ghosn, Radwan Ghazi 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.
“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 Joseph Ghosn, 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.”
(Natalie Shooter in NOW Lebanon, March 2012)