Arriving December 2nd, 2022: Acclaimed Lebanese producer Elyse Tabet’s first full-length release for Ruptured, featuring rising talent Yara Asmar and seasoned sessionist Pascal Semerdjian from shoegaze trio Postcards.
ELYSE TABET is a Lebanese audiovisual artist and electronic musician. She works with recorded and synthesized sound to create electro-acoustic landscapes and deconstructed rhythmics, drawing her inspiration from musique concrète, ambient, industrial electronica, dub and garage beats. Elyse began working in the field of audiovisual interaction in the early 2000s, mainly as a videographer for live performances and DJ sets. She has collaborated on projects with electronic producer Jawad Nawfal, drummer and producer Nabil Saliba, electronic musician Yangfan Li, video artist Maureen Castera, and Lisbon-based artist and curator Violeta Lisboa. Elyse is a co-founder of the Beirut Synthesizer Center.
Low Toms Bright Bells and Darkest Spellsis Elyse’s third release, following Newfound Grids on Berlin-based Syrphe in 2013 and Coast on Beirut-based label VV-VA in 2020, the latter a duo with Lebanese musician Jawad Nawfal.
Music composed by Elyse Tabet with Yara Asmar and Pascal Semerdjian. Recorded in December 2021 and January 2022 by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut. Mixed and produced by Elyse Tabet, with additional mixing by Fadi Tabbal. Mastered by Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe, Berlin.
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.
Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens – showcasing Lebanese digital electronic label VV-VA. This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO.
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
A double EP release from TWO OR THE DRAGON & STELLAR BANGER
Two or The Dragon is the Lebanese duo of Abed Kobeissy (buzuq, effects, drum machine) and Ali Hout (floor-tom, kick drum, Iranian daf, paper clips).
“Dance Grooves For The Weary” is based on a solo composition by Abed Kobeissy, written and performed for the “Morphine x Beirut” fundraiser in October 2020, re-arranged and adapted for duo by Two or The Dragon in December 2020.
Recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Mastered by Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe, Berlin.
Artwork by Jana Traboulsi.
Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Ma3azef in Tunis – SENYAWA REDUX
A mix of tracks by Indonesian art-rock duo Senyawa from the last decade, including several excerpts from digital compilation “Alkisah Remixed”, released in February 2021 by Beirut labels Ruptured & Annihaya:
1. Senyawa – Fasih
2. Senyawa – Alkisah I (Cedrik Fermont Remix)
3. Stephen O’Malley & Senyawa – Bima dan Ular Naga, Part I
4. Senyawa – Di Kala Sudah
5. Senyawa – Istana (Aya Metwalli Remix)
6. Senyawa – Gugur
7. Senyawa – brønshøj 4
8. Senyawa – Kekuasaan (Anthony Sahyoun Remix) [Unreleased]
9. Senyawa – Kembali Ke Dunia (Return to The World)
10. Senyawa – Kabau (Stephanie Merchak Ambient Remix)
11. Wukir Suriyadi – Solo Performance in Bali
12. Senyawa – Kiamat (Jana Saleh Remix)
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.
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.
Belgian xxperimental musician & producer CEDRIK FERMONT aka KIRDEC was the first guest of RUPTURES in 2011, for a live performance and extensive interview, detailing the processes of his approach in various fields of electronic music.