(2021 end-of-year lists) – MHAMAD SAFA

It had been a while (five good years actually) since we’d done this, so we went 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.

MHAMAD SAFA

– aya: im hole
– Tim Hecker: The North Water (Original Score)
– Rian Treanor: Obstacle Scattering EP
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– ZULI: All Caps
– NP: Lattices 
– Jerusalem In My Heart: Qalaq
– Caterina Barbieri: Fantas Variations
– Msylma & Ismael: The Tenets of Forgetting 
– Lorraine James: Reflection


(2021 end-of-year lists) – SARY MOUSSA

It had been a while (five good years actually) since we’d done this, so we went 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.

SARY MOUSSA

Lucy Railton & Kit Downes: Subaerial
FUJI||||||||||TA: Tsu Tsu 
Jerusalem In My HeartQalaq 
Demdike StareDrum Machines 
Mark Fell & Will GuthrieInfoldings/Diffractions 
Olivia BlockInnocent Passage in The Territorial Sea
aya: im hole
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
Leila BordreuilNot An Elegy 
Loraine James: Reflection 

Continuation & previously released tracks listened to in 2021:

– JLZ & LYCOX: UH UH BALANCOU
– Nour Al Houda: Ya Jarat al Wadi 
– Abou Baker Salim: Ya Hamel al Athqal 
Jessica Moss: Opened Ending 
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi: Ritme Jaavdanegi 
– Unknown Singer: Teir Al Hamami (Originally sung by Mehad Hamad) / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cArefgHje6s
EartheaterPhoenix: La Petite Mort Édition
Two or The DragonDance Grooves For The Weary EP 
PowellPiano Music 1-7 
Claire Rousay: A Softer Focus 
Lee GambleFlush Real Pharynx 2019-2021
Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu: Renegade Breakdown Remixes 
– Kinematik: Ensemble 1: Al Jadi
– Liliane Chlela: Safala


(2021 end-of-year lists) – CEDRIK FERMONT

It had been a while (five good years actually) since we’d done this, so we went 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.

CEDRIK FERMONT

– Tongue Depressor: Fiddle Music [vol. 7]
– Aisha Orazbayeva: Slow Change
– Dave Phillips: A Collection of Excuses
– Rastko Lazic: Sketches
– Leider: A Fog Like Liars Loving
– The Pond: Turchesi Miracolosi
– Pé: As Honor Was on Its Last Leg
– Various Artists: Noise à Noise 21​.​1
– Various Artists: Istimrar Phase 1
– Various Artists: We Continue on Our Journey Through the Universe


(2021 end-of-year lists) – ELYSE TABET

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.

ELYSE TABET

– Nala Sinephro: Space 1.8
– Eliane Radigue: Opus 17
– HU: Nightworks
– Liliane Chlela: Safala
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– 33EMYBW: Arthropods
– Actress: Karma & Desire
– Dirty Bird: Virginia Creeper
– Low: HEY WHAT
– The Distance: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs


(2021 end-of-year lists) – JANA SALEH

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.

JANA SALEH

– Senyawa: Alkisah
– Liliane Chlela: Safala
– Jerusalem In My Heart: Qalaq
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– Various Artists: Istimrar Phase 1
– Postcards: After the Fire, Before the End
– Prefaces: Hippodrome


(2021 end-of-year lists) – FADI TABBAL

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.

FADI TABBAL

– Grouper: Shade
– Dolphin Midwives: Body of Water
– Low: HEY WHAT
– Postcards: After the Fire, Before the End
– Kinematik: Ensemble 1: Al Jadi
– Anthony Sahyoun: Proof by Infinite Descent
– Jessica Moss: Phosphenes
– Olivia Block: Innocent Passage in The Territorial Sea
– Squid: Bright Green Field
– Benoit Pioulard: Bloodless


(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


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

Stream Sary Moussa’s remix HERE
Stream Amulets’ remix HERE 


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Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Radio Ma3azef // 14 October 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Ma3azef in Tunis – featuring music from Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, the USA and Canada:

1. Fadi Tabbal – The New and Improved Guide to Birdwatching Vol.3 [LB]
2. Abadir – Liminal [EG]
3. Anthony Sahyoun & Jawad Nawfal – January 19 [LB]
4. Aya Metwalli – Matkhafsh Menni [EG]
5. The Bunny Tylers – Let There Be Light [LB]
6. Jad Atoui – Impulse [LB]
7. Shinigami San – FGTN [TN]
8. Safa – Particle Filtering Through A Great Elastic Wave [LB]
9. NP – Grinning Through Dust [LB]
10. Tashweesh – Untitled [PS]
11. The Dwarfs of East Agouza – Clean Shahin [EG/CA/US]



Ruptured + Beacon Sound 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.

Order from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE


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