Ziad Nawfal for Movement Radio’s “Exploring Mediterranean Futures” // 15 February 2022

This mix was commissioned by Movement Athens for its radio festival “Exploring Mediterranean Futures” [Feb. 15-19, 2022], a 5-day radio festival focused on the sounds of the Mediterranean, searching for geographical and chronological connections through its culture, ideas and people.

Ziad Nawfal’s mix presents music recorded by various artists and bands from Beirut’s indie and experimental music scenes, between 2010 and 2021. A few of the tracks were officially released in some form or another, some of them are early drafts and demos, and a couple consist of live sessions recorded during Nawfal’s 35-year tenure at Beirut’s crumbling government station Radio Liban.

  1. Fadi Tabbal – After the Fire, Before the End [Unreleased]
  2. Charbel Haber & Sary Moussa – And Yet Another Romance on A Sinking Ship [V/A The Drone Sessions Vol. 1]
  3. Scrambled Eggs & A Trio – Beach Party at Mirna el Chalouhi (Diamond Setter’s Rework) [Unreleased]
  4. The Art of Boo – BoomKaboom [Unreleased]
  5. Safa – Dominant Gene [V/A Lost Archives]
  6. Jad Atoui – FDBCK [Unreleased]
  7. Tres Milliones Dolares – Jon Black [V/A Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
  8. Ziad Moukarzel – Questions of Worry [V/A Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
  9. Court Circuit (Osman Arabi & Heathen) – Ruptured Session February 2010 [Unreleased]
  10. Jawad Nawfal – Nawa Athar 0 (feat. Aya Metwalli) [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  11. Abed Kobeissy & Sary Moussa – A Simple Song About Weather & Murder [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  12. Aya Metwalli – Red Curtains Forever [Unreleased]
  13. Sharif Sehnaoui & Mazen Kerbaj – Ruptured Session April 2012 [Unreleased]
  14. Jana Saleh – Soupire [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  15. Julia Sabra – Three Days [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  16. Fadi Tabbal & Julia Sabra – Roots [V/A The Drone Sessions Vol. 1]
  17. Marc Codsi – Untitled #3 [Unreleased]
  18. Youmna Saba – Nafas [V/A Ruptured Sessions Vol. 6: For Beirut]
  19. Anthony Sahyoun – Two Foxes Trotting on A Lane in Qartaba [Unreleased]
  20. Radwan Ghazi Moumneh – Ya Dam’at Al ‘Ain [V/A Ruptured Sessions Vol. 4]



[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 – Fadi Tabbal Edition // 09 February 2022

Coinciding with the release of Lebanese musician and producer Fadi Tabbal’s new album MUSIC FOR THE LONELY Vol.2 by Lebanese indie label Ruptured, Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Ma3azef consisted exclusively of tracks by Fadi Tabbal, both from his solo and various group projects.

  1. Fadi Tabbal – Woolgathering (2013)
  2. The Bunny Tylers – While Her Blood Screams His Name (2016)
  3. Stress Distress – What Children Dream About (2019)
  4. Scrambled Eggs – SE + SS, MK & FT (2010)
  5. Under The Carpet – Rock Bottom (2015)
  6. Fadi Tabbal – The Quiet Earth (2013)
  7. Stress Distress – Night [Theme from Days of Gone 2] (2016)
  8. Fadi Tabbal – The New and Improved Guide to Birdwatching Vol.2 (2020)
  9. Fadi Tabbal – Music for Circles (2018)
  10. Fadi Tabbal – How’s Annie (Edit) (2016)
  11. Fadi Tabbal – Crystal Palace (2015)
  12. The Bunny Tylers – Contact Transfer Stains (2016)
  13. Fadi Tabbal – Ceremony by The Sea (2020)
  14. Fadi Tabbal – Snow Scene [with Ghassan Sahhab] (2022)


Ruptured Album Release // FADI TABBAL // Music For The Lonely Vol.2 (2019-2021)

LANDING JANUARY 28:
Lebanese composer, musician & producer Fadi Tabbal continues his ambient explorations on Music for the Lonely Vol.2 (2019-2021), a selection of recordings from live, film and dance performances.

Music for the Lonely Vol.2 (2019-2021) is Fadi Tabbal’s sixth solo release and the second in his “Music for the Lonely” series. Where Volume 1 was purely guitar-based, this album sees Tabbal working almost exclusively with synthesizers and tape loops. The tracks are an exploration of controlled randomness in music composition, while still dealing with the recurrent theme of alienation present in all of his work.


Written, recorded, mixed and performed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
Mastered by Ziad Moukarzel, Jason Powers and Cedrik Fermont.
Picture by Fadi Tabbal. Design by Josette Khalil.

Digital release + limited edition cassette, exclusive to Ruptured’s Bandcamp page.

Order from Ruptured HERE
Stream on Spotify HERE 


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ABOUT FADI TABBAL:

Lebanese musician, producer, and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal’s body of work consists of ambient pieces using guitar, tape loops and synthesizer. He has released 5 solo albums since 2013, with his 6th Music for the Lonely Vol.2 due for release via Ruptured Records on 28 January 2022.

In addition to handling engineering and production tasks at Tunefork Studios which he founded in 2006, Tabbal is a specialist in sound conception and design. He has worked on a variety of projects, including sound and music installations for museums, theatre, and film. He is the technical director of Irtijal, Lebanon and the MENA region’s leading experimental music festival, since 2011.

Tabbal frequently collaborates with fellow ambient musician Charbel Haber, and the two of them have a new album coming out at the end of 2022 on French label Nahal. He is also currently working on an electronic duo with Postcards lead singer Julia Sabra. He was a member of several Lebanese indie bands, including The Bunny Tylers, The Incompetents, Scrambled Eggs and singer/songwriter Youmna Saba’s experimental oriental folk project. He has also recorded and produced some of the most renowned artists from the MENA region’s contemporary alternative and oriental music scenes.

(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


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

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


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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


Ziad Nawfal with Wafa Khochen on Micro-Ondes // 29 June 2021

Quite the honor to be interviewed by Wafa Khochen for her weekly show Micro-Ondes.
We spoke about the early days of Ruptured Records, the creation of the label with Fadi Tabbal, our series of radio compilations, and recent spate of physical and digital releases.

1. Scrambled Eggs – Bleeding Nun (2006)
2. The Incompetents – Cannibal Blues (Ruptured Session, 2011)
3. Safar – Wa Namshi (2017)
4. Postcards – Revolvers (2018)
5. Interbellum – Ready to Dissolve (2018)
6. The Bunny Tylers – One of These Days (2017)
7. Munma – Muse (2016)


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Movement Radio 09 // 10 June 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s 9th monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens – featuring music from Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Germany, the UK, Canada and the USA:

1. Stellar Banger – Intro [LB/DE]
2. Two or The Dragon – Dance Grooves for The Weary (Part I) [LB]
3. Jawad Nawfal – Between Scylla And Charybdis [LB]
4. Liliane Chlela – Moukassarat [LB]
5. Rêves Sonores – Seers Theme [CA]
6. Fadi Tabbal – On the Escape Boat [LB]
7. Etyen & Khansa – Athoubu Fih [LB]
8. Dwarfs of East Agouza – Camel Toe [EG/CA/US]
9. Ambulance vs Ambulance – From 1804 To Bearpit [UK]
10. TEDTEDTED – Cama [LB]
11. Nur Jaber – Black Potion [LB]
12. Stephanie Merchak – Kabau (Senyawa Rework) [ID/LB]
13 Bana Haffar – Assimilation [LB]



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

Ruptured Label Mix for Radio Alhara’s Sonic Liberation Front #freepalestine // 04 June 2021

Ruptured Records Label Mix [2011-2021] – For RADIO ALHARA’s Sonic Liberation Front series:

1. Alko B – Some Things [Ruptured Session]
2. Postcards – Flying Saucers [Ruptured Session]
3. Charlie Rayne – Disposable Valentine [Ruptured Session]
4. Safar – Wa Namshi
5. The Bunny Tylers – It Seems It All Disappears
6. Kinematik – Al-Qulub Al-Mughallafa Bet-Turab La Tankaser
7. Mme Chandelier – Minimal Potato
8. Jad Atoui – Impulse [Ruptured Session]
9. Radiokvm – Alpha Apparatus
10. TEDTEDTED – Cama
11. Munma – Muse
12. Stellar Banger [Pablo Giw, Ali Hout, Abed Kobeissy and Joss Turnbull] – Sextant
13. Two or The Dragon – Dance Grooves for The Weary [excerpt]
14. Aya Metwalli – Istana [Senyawa Rework]
15. Fadi Tabbal – Crystal Palace
16. El Rass & Munma – Sanadet
17. Kid Fourteen – The Dancer