Ruptured + Beacon Sound Album Release // JULIA SABRA AND FADI TABBAL // Snakeskin

Arriving October 14, 2022:
SNAKESKIN is the first full-length by mainstays of the Lebanese music scene JULIA SABRA and FADI TABBAL. Snakeskin marks the sixth collaboration between Ruptured and Portland-based indie label Beacon Sound, and is the second release in our Corrosion Series, following Anthony Sahyoun’s solo album Proof By Infinite Descent in 2021.

Snakeskin was born in the aftermath of the August 4 2020 port explosion in Beirut, which decimated several of the city’s neighborhoods – it is a reflection on what it means to feel at home in a place where “there is no rebirth, no renewal,” as the artists put it. Shapeshifting above ambient and industrial undercurrents, the album is visionary electronic dream pop, utilizing tape loops, synthesizers, vocals, and drum machines, combining Julia’s pop-inspired melodies and choral roots (an echo from her religious upbringing) with Fadi’s affinity for minimalism and musique concrète.

“The moon speaks in tongues we can’t discern / A plastic dove hangs from a cypress branch / Haven’t you heard? / Nothing grows here anymore / The air is burnt / Nothing grows…”

Recorded by Fadi Tabbal, mixed by Sary Moussa and Fadi at Tunefork Studios in Beirut. Drum samples by Pascal Semerdjian. Cover photo by Lujain Jo + graphic design by Josette ‘ZOoz’ Khalil. Mastered by Rashad Becker.



Out on October 14, 2022 as a limited vinyl edition + digital release.

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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 Guest Mix 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


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Radio Ma3azef // 26 May 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Ma3azef in Tunis:

1. Stellar Banger – Intro PREMIERE
2. Two or The Dragon – Dance Grooves for The Weary [excerpt] PREMIERE
3. Sharif Sehnaoui & Tony Elieh – Woe to Him [excerpt]
4. Liliane Chlela & Ziad Moukarzel – Dahr el Baydar [excerpt]
5. Anthony Sahyoun & Jad Atoui – Walls Don’t Blink [excerpt]
6. Fadi Tabbal & Julia Sabra – Roots
7. Elyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal – Courbe Lisse
8. Charbel Haber & Sary Moussa – And Yet Another Romance on A Sinking Ship [excerpt]
9. Aya Metwalli & Nadia Daou – Saturnus [excerpt]


Ruptured News // LUMEN PROJECT // BEIRUT MOON

LUMEN PROJECT // BEIRUT MOON – SATURDAY 13th of MARCH 2021
A longform experience with sound and image

Lumen Project (Sweden) will present performances by artists in Beirut, Lebanon // with a sonic + visual response from Malmö, Sweden featuring:
Albin // Jad Atoui // Vincent Bahar // Yasmine El Baramawy // Liliane Chlela // Nadia Daou (Nãr) // Tony Elieh // Charbel Haber // Mathias Landæus // Nathan Larson // Aya Metwalli // Ziad Moukarzel // Sary Moussa // Jawad Nawfal // Julia Sabra // Anthony Sahyoun // Sharif Sehnaoui // Fadi Tabbal // Elyse Tabet //

FREE FOR ALL — DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED and will be shared among the participating artists

Initiated and realized by Lumen Project, in collaboration with Ruptured and Tunefork
Producers: Ziad Nawfal, Lina Enqvist, Maria Lyth, Erik Sandberg and Nathan Larson
Graphic design by Caroline Igel
Photography by Lujain Jo and Erik Sandberg
Editing by Erik Sandberg and Nathan Larson
With support from Musikverket

Ruptured Album Release // THE DRONE SESSIONS Vol. 1 – Live at Tunefork Studios

NEW FROM RUPTURED ON MARCH 19th.

The Drone Sessions vol. 1 – Live at Tunefork Studios
In partnership with Nathan Larson and Lumen Project (Stockholm)


Featuring brand new music from Fadi Tabbal & Julia SabraAnthony Sahyoun & Jad AtouiElyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal Charbel Haber & Sary MoussaAya Metwalli & Nadia DaouSharif Sehnaoui & Tony EliehLiliane Chlela & Ziad Moukarzel.

Mastered by Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe, Berlin. Design by Nour Raad.

Order from Bandcamp HERE

Also available from BoomkatiTunes + Deezer + Spotify + Anghami


All photos by Lujain Jo at Tunefork Studios.
Both audio and video material is going to be the subject of a live broadcast by Lumen Project, on March 13, 2021.

Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Recordat // 07 February 2021

Another “archival” mix, this one was commissioned for Recordat for their Re:levant series of podcasts; it showcases music recorded by Lebanese artists hailing from different genres and music denominations, between 2003 and 2012.

Some of the tracks are basic demos (Kitano Home Ensemble, Liliane Chlela), others are live versions (Court-Circuit, Kerbaj/Sehnaoui) or studio sessions, a couple were officially released, while overall nothing is properly mastered. They provide a window into a more frivolous, less rigid time, where experimentation and trial-and-error were often the norm.

1. Kitano Home Ensemble – Sunday Afternoon (Unreleased)
2. Liliane Chlela – I Scream (Unreleased)
3. Tarek Atoui / Uriel Barthelemi / Paed Conca – Session 01 (Unreleased)
4. Mazen Kerbaj + Sharif Sehnaoui – Ruptured Session April 2012 (Unreleased)
5. Court Circuit [Osman Arabi + Heathen] – Ruptured Session February 2010 (Unreleased)
6. Ae_Quo [Jawad Nawfal + Victor Bresse] – Maquette 01 (Unreleased)
7. AEX [Jawad Nawfal + Victor Bresse] – Electrolog (Unreleased)
8. Jad Atoui – Code Breaker (Unreleased)
9. OkyDoky & Radiokvm – Ein Souda (Unreleased)
10. Scrambled Eggs & A Trio – Beach Party at Mirna El Chalouhi [Diamond Setter’s Rework] (Unreleased)
11. Youmna Saba – Nasmet Hawa (Unreleased)
12. FEZANT – Message
13. Intensive Care – ficti(on)
14. Spoils & Servants – Saturn Fever (Unreleased)


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Radio Alhara // 20 January 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Alhara in Bethlehem – featuring music from Lebanon, Armenia, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco and Italy:

1. Sufyvn – Rupture [SD]
2. Bergsonist – Otology [MA]
3. Khoum – Ke [AM]
4. Ziad Moukarzel & Tony Elieh – Jon Black [LB]
5. Tony Elieh – It’s Good to Die Every Now and Then (Part 2) [LB]
6. Marc Codsi – Invocation II [LB]
7. Sary Moussa – In Praise of Shadows [LB]
8. Upperground Orchestra – Ghebi [LB/IT]
9. Raed Yassin – A Fistful of Stardust [LB]
10. Praed – El Khawaga [LB]
11. PanSTARRS – Z 3aleko [EG]
12. Interbellum – Somersaults [LB]


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Worldwide FM // 30 December 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s guest mix for Radio Alhara x The Ballroom Blitz’s takeover for Worldwide FM – all selections are by Lebanese musicians:

1. Jad Atoui – Zikr
2. Sary Moussa – Aristophanes*213
3. El Rass & Munma – Freestyle [Ruptured Session]
4. Hadi Zeidan – Mabrouk Mabrouk
5. Kid Fourteen – Ice in My Eyes
6. The Incompetents – 2 HJ
7. Kinematik – Lalochezia [Ruptured Session]
8. Zalfa – Law Ma
9. Liliane Chlela – 2022
10. Rise 1969 – 3Jane Tessier-Ashpool
11. Stephanie Merchak – Und meine Antwort war nein
12. TEDTEDTED – Wwhl
13. Tarek Atoui – Un-drum #3 [Ruptured Session]
14. Marc Codsi – 1979
15. Jerusalem In My Heart – Kol El ‘Aalam O’youn
16. Bana Haffar – Exo


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Radio Ma3azef [Irtijal’20 Edition] // 11 November 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Ma3azef in Tunis – special Irtijal’20 edition featuring music from all festival participants:

1. Ghassan Sahhab – Taqasim Qanun [LB]
2. Paed Conca w/ City of Salt – Dreamy Ape [CH/IQ/CA]
3. Two or The Dragon – Live at Metro, June 2018 [LB]
4. Aya Metwalli – All the Gold on Earth [EG]
5. NAR – Ma Tensa [LB]
6. Calamita – Al’Il [LB/IT]
7. Rabih Beaini – Light Within a Light [LB]
8. Sary Moussa – Distance [LB]
9. Fadi Tabbal – The New and Improved Guide to Birdwatching Vol.3 (Patricia Wolf Beatless Remix) [LB/US]
10. TEDTEDTED – Day 21 (Diary of A Revolution) [LB]
11. Jad Atoui – Zikr [LB]
12. Ziad Moukarzel – Questions of Worry [LB]
13. Kinematik – Al-Qulub Al-Mughallafa Bet-Turab La Tankaser [LB]