(2021 end-of-year lists) – POSTCARDS

It’s been a while (five good years actually) since we’ve done this, and so we’ve gone ahead and asked the musicians whom we worked with this year in some respect or other, to tell us about their favorite albums of 2021.

POSTCARDS 

– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof Of Infinite Descent
– Kinematik: Ensemble 1: Al Jadi
– Juana Molina: Segundo (21st Anniversary)
– Dolphin Midwives: Body of Water
– Beach House: Once Twice Melody
– Grouper: Shade
– Jessica Moss: Phosphenes
– Ben Shemie: 303 Diary
– Squid: Bright Green Field
– Low: HEY WHAT


Ziad Nawfal for Radio Alhara – Beacon Sound Takeover // 17 November 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s November 2021 mix for Radio Alhara in Bethlehem featured a guest takeover from Beacon Sound’s ANDREW NEERMAN:

“In anticipation of the release of Proof By Infinite Descent, Anthony Sahyoun’s debut album on Ruptured and Beacon Sound, I’ve taken over Ziad Nawfal’s hour on Radio Alhara today and assembled this unavoidably melancholic, yet occasionally buoyant, mix of friends and fellow travelers, as well as a few of my favorite tracks from the album. Hope you enjoy – Andrew”

1. Sary Moussa – In Praise Of Shadows
2. Massive Attack – Fatalism (Sakamoto/Takahashi Remix)
3. Anthony Sahyoun – The New World
4. Fadi Tabbal and Julia Sabra – Roots
5. William Basinski – O, My Daughter, O, My Sorrow
6. Burial – Endorphin
7. Fever Ray – Dry And Dusty
8. Tim Hecker – Castrati Stack
9. Aya Metwalli – Matkhafsh Menni
10. Muqata’a – Ma Wara’
11. Anthony Sahyoun – Jesuit Literature Drowning In The Mediterranean
12. Gabriel Saloman – Adhere Pt 3
13. Anthony Sahyoun – Irhamna (Amulets Remix)
14. Beacon Sound Choir – Fortunate Ones


Ruptured + Beacon Sound Album Release // ANTHONY SAHYOUN // Proof By Infinite Descent

ARRIVING NOVEMBER 19:
First solo album by Lebanese musician Anthony Sahyoun, marking the launch of the ‘Corrosion Series’ by Ruptured Records in Beirut and Beacon Sound in Portland.

After making a name for himself over the last decade in Beirut’s vibrant contemporary music scene, Anthony Sahyoun unveils his solo debut, the evocative and atmospheric Proof By Infinite Descent. Using guitar, synthesizer and voice, Sahyoun tackles themes of mourning, accidental prophecy, and the new holy trinity of God, Capitalism, and Technology – all while mining the seams of experimental electronica and gravity-defying ambient music. Restless, haunting, at times breathtakingly beautiful, this is an album that seeks to rattle cages rather than soothe the comfortable.

Anthony Sahyoun co-founded instrumental rock outfit Kinematik in 2015, in the remote village of Reyfoun in the Lebanese mountains. To this day, the band has released three full-length albums entitled Ala’ (Ruptured, 2017), Murur Al-Kiram (Beacon Sound/Ruptured, 2020) and Al Jadi (Ruptured/Annihaya, 2021).
As a solo artist, Sahyoun works on electronic processing of acoustic elements, programming, drone and ambient music – his music has been described as “apocalyptic, rich and emotionally charged.” His first EP, Post Coital Tristesse, was released under the moniker Mme Chandelier by Ruptured in 2016.



Proof By Infinite Descent is the first installment in the “Corrosion Series”, a new project by longtime collaborators Ruptured and Beacon Sound that aims to showcase Beirut’s blast-resistant music scene, while building cultural connective tissue in a time of institutional corrosion.
To accompany the release of the album, Beacon Sound and Ruptured have commissioned two remixes of key album tracks, from Beirut-based producer Sary Moussa and Portland-based producer Amulets. Both remixes will be given away as bonus tracks with the purchase of the full album.

Limited transparent vinyl edition + digital release by Ruptured Records & Beacon Sound.

Order from Ruptured (ships from Europe) HERE
Order from Beacon Sound (ships from the US) HERE


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Ziad Nawfal for Radio Ma3azef – Anthony Sahyoun Takeover // 10 November 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s November 2021 mix for Radio Ma3azef featured a guest takeover from Lebanese musician and producer ANTHONY SAHYOUN, on the occasion of the release of his solo album Proof by Infinite Descent:

“This mix acts as a sort of prologue to my album Proof by Infinite Descent’s release on the 19th of November. It’s basically a mash-up of the work I was involved in while the record was materializing. It has some tracks from the record, some live stuff some weird morphs, as well as some of the collaborative work that’s a big part of my life, specifically the collaborations I was working on during while producing Proof: Kinematik Ensemble – with Rudy Ghafari, Akram Hajj, Jad Atoui, Ziad Moukarzel and Teddy Tawil; NP – with Jad Atoui, May Berde – with Teddy Tawil; and a track by The Art of Boo, which I produced.
I firmly believe that collaborative work is the blueprint for my individual work, it only makes sense to have them here – Anthony”

1. gtrLE/slow
2. Khifat Al Atraf (with Firas Al Hallak)
3. Kinematik – Al Jadi
4. Wasted Efforts (with Julia Sabra)
5. harpHits2
6. NP – Iridescence
7. The Art of Boo – Promenade
8. gtrLE/moderate
9. Irhamna
10. LE.3
11. Requiem (morph mix)
12. Kinematik – 4th august 5:00pm part 2
13. Heritage
14. May Berde – 4b
15. grtLE/fast



Ziad Nawfal for Movement Radio // 02 November 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens, featuring music from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Indonesia:

1. Melmo – After [LB]
2. Khaled Omran – Arak [SY]
3. The Butcher’s Bride (Liliane Chlela & Hamed Sinno) – Lipsync [LB]
4. Serge Yared – Deliberate Depression [LB]
5. Wanderland – December [LB]
6. Anthony Sahyoun – Irhamna (Premiere) [LB]
7. Senyawa – Kabau (1800s Internet Remix) [ID/JO]
8. Jaafar Touffar – Nitrate [LB]
9. Gurumiran – Man Who Sold Eldunya [LB]
10. Sandmoon – Angels [LB]
11. Postcards – Mother Tongue [LB]
12. Filter Happier – Radiobed [LB]
13. Sharif Sehnaoui – Thawra [LB]
14. Calamita – The Industry [LB/IT]
15. The Bunny Tylers – Mothers Make Murderers (Summer 91) [LB}



[This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO]

 

Ziad Nawfal for Movement Radio // 14 October 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens, featuring music from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Iran and Germany:

1. NP [Anthony Sahyoun & Jad Atoui] – Coins With Memory [LB]
2. Julmud – Fel Bo2s [PS]
3. FRKTL – Haruspex [EG]
4. Muqata’a – Ikmal [PS]
5. Abadir – IV [EG]
6. Rust – Mawali [LB]
7. Raed Yassin – The Cyber Oracle [LB]
8. Asifeh – Miqyas Kardashev [PS]
9. Liliane Chlela – Moukassarat [LB]
10. Stellar Banger – Put Your Medicine In Your Banana Bag [LB/DE]
11. Safa – 1000 Months [LB]
12. Aya Metwalli – Triangle [EG]
13. Kid Fourteen – Strangers Rule This World [LB]
14. Saint Abdullah – Of Us [IR]



[This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO]

 

Ziad Nawfal for Movement Radio – VVVA Edition // 09 September 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens – showcasing Lebanese digital electronic label VV-VA:

1. Charbel Haber & Jawad Nawfal – Across The River Styx
2. Jad Atoui & Jawad Nawfal – Amber Color
3. Elyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal – At The Gay Bar Being Gay
4. Sharif Sehnaoui & Jawad Nawfal – Castle
5. Jawad Nawfal – Between Scylla and Charybdis
6. Anthony Sahyoun & Jawad Nawfal – February 2 pt.2
7. Jawad Nawfal – Nine Hundred Chariots
8. Mazen El Sayed & Jawad Nawfal – Liquid Sun
9. Jad Atoui – Signals
10. Jad Atoui & Jawad Nawfal – Vice Versa
11. Mazen El Sayed & Jawad Nawfal – Pastless
12. Elyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal – Courbe Lisse



[This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO]

 

Ziad Nawfal for Radio Ma3azef // 08 September 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Ma3azef in Tunis, featuring artists from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Indonesia and Canada:

1. Kinematik – Al Jadi (Capricorn)
2. Senyawa – Alkisah I [Anthony Sahyoun Remix]
3. NP [Anthony Sahyoun & Jad Atoui] – Anteater
4. Bergsonist – Aquatic Empathy
5. Khaled Omran – Arak
6. Calamita – Sidi Mansour
7. KOZO – Take On Kikutake
8. Omarchestra [Osman Arabi, Umut Çağlar, Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Maurice Louca, Sharif Sehnaoui, Sam Shalabi & Fadi Tabbal] – King Hassan
9. Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra [Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Mazen Kerbaj, Malek Rizkallah, Sharif Sehnaoui & Raed Yassin] – Bedo’s Lullaby
10. Ilvy – Gargantua
11. Spoils & Servants – The Sea Inside


Ruptured & Annihaya Double Album Release // CALAMITA + KINEMATIK

NEW FROM RUPTURED & ANNIHAYA ON AUGUST 18th.

Following their collaboration on the Lebanese vinyl edition of Senyawa’s “Alkisah” in February 2021, indie labels Annihaya and Ruptured are collaborating on two vinyl releases, to be released simultaneously in August 2021.

These are the 3rd album from Lebanese post-rock collective KINEMATIK, entitled “Al Jadi”, and the 2nd album from CALAMITA (the trio of guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, bassist Tony Elieh and drummer Davide Zolli), entitled “Nemesis”.

Both albums were recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Both albums were mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal.
All artworks by Hatem Imam, Studio Safar.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE & HERE  

Calamita also available from AmazonAnghami + Apple Music + Deezer + Juno + Spotify
Kinematik also available from Amazon + Anghami + Apple Music + Deezer + Juno + Spotify 


Ruptured Album Release // NP [JAD ATOUI & ANTHONY SAHYOUN] // Lattices

NEW FROM RUPTURED ON JULY 8th.

The duo of Lebanese electronic producers Jad Atoui and Anthony Sahyoun releases LATTICES, its first album release of grainy, evocative ambient explorations.

LATTICES is concerned with the exploration of non-deterministic approaches to producing electronic music, based on improvised techniques using modular systems and synthesizers.

Performed and produced by Jad Atoui and Anthony Sahyoun at home during lockdown in Beirut, 2020.
Mixed by Anthony Sahyoun at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Mastered by Rafael Irisarri at Black Knoll Studios, NYC.
Artwork by Anthony Sahyoun.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE  

Also available from Amazon + Anghami + Apple Music + Deezer + Juno + Spotify