Back in October 2014, the Ruptured music label released its first vinyl record, “Issrar”, by Lebanese electronic artist Radiokvm. A track from this LP is featured in this month’s Wire Tapper #38 exclusive promotional CD, given away with the August issue of UK magazine The Wire.
As with previous volumes this CD, which has been compiled by Shane Woolman, Andy Tait and Katie Gibbons, is packaged in a heavy-duty card sleeve designed by The Wire’s art director Ben Weaver, and contains a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum, of the kind of underground/outsider musics covered in The Wire.
“Issrar” was also featured by The Wire on NTS Radio:
Launch concert for RADIOKVM‘s first vinyl release ISSRAR
Featuring live music by Radiokvm & live video by Rami el Sabbagh
Hailing from Beirut, Lebanon, SARY MOUSSA aka RADIOKVM is a self-taught electronic musician. Constantly busy absorbing, analyzing and trying to reproduce in his own manner the ambient sounds surrounding him, he started taking music lessons as a kid, but soon found out that experimentation, e-learning, reading and trial and error processes were a lot more efficient and interesting. He was into making electronic music, and no one around him knew what a synth, a filter or a drum machine were!
Moussa grew up listening to rock and jazz, before delving headlong into electronica. He started crafting his own melodies under the moniker radiokvm in 2008. He collaborated closely with Lebanese producer Okydoky, organizing live gigs and releasing a batch of demos; the two men became notorious on the live circuit of Beirut’s electronic scene. In later years, Moussa collaborated with Lebanese electronic producers Munma, Jad Atoui, and Liliane Chlela, releasing both remixes and original compositions for label compilations; he has also composed music for theatre and dance performances (Ali Chahrour’s ‘Fatmeh’), as well as soundtracks for short films.
Born in Beirut in 1979, Rami el Sabbagh is a Lebanese video maker. He graduated from the Institute of Scenic and Audio-Visual Studies (IESAV), Saint Joseph University in Beirut in 2004. His videos include ‘C’est de ta faute, quelque part’ (It’s Somewhat Your Fault, 2003), ‘2mg of Rotten Blood on Pure White Snow’, and ‘The Last Hero’ (2012). He is also a VJ since 2005 and a DJ since 2006.
I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.
Sary Moussa (musician, RadioKVM)
– Actress: R.I.P (Honest Jon’s)
– Loops Haunt: Zenith (Black Acre)
– Bandshell: Dust March (Hessle Audio)
– 2562: Air Jordan (When In Doubt)
– Monolake: Ghosts (Imbalance Computer Music)
– Andy Stott: Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
– Objekt: Cactus/Porcupine (Hessle Audio)
– Richard Devine: Risp (Detroit Underground)
– Dark Sky: Black Rainbows (Black Acre)
– Nathan Fake: Iceni Strings (Border Community)
– Airhead: Wait (R&S Records)
– Raime: Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (Blackest Ever Black)
– Burial: Kindred (Hyperdub)
I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…
Sary Moussa: musician (RadioKVM)
– Roly Porter: Aftertime (Subtext)
– Andy Stott: Passed Me By (Modern Love)
– Amon Tobin: ISAM (Ninja Tune)
– Hybris: The Elusive 101/Septic (Blackened)
– Venetian Snares: Cubist Reggae (Planet Mu)
– Various artists: Future Bass (Soul Jazz Records)
– Karsten Pflum: No Noia My Love (Hymen Records)
– Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma (Warp Records)
Lebanese electronic musician Sary Moussa aka Radiokvm was the guest of Ruptures for an interview and live performance. He was accompanied by another star of Beirut’s contemporary music scene, Liliane Chlela, who was herself the guest of Ruptures some weeks prior.
OkyDoky & Radiokvm
Beirut Scum Society
[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi)
Faysal Bibi and Sary Moussa, also known as Okydoky & Radiokvm, were the guests of RUPTURES for an exclusive interview and live performance, following their appearance at the Mad Parade II electronic festival. For this Ruptured Session, Okydoky & Radiokvm momentarily suspended their habit of performing together, and played one piece each.
Okydoky & Radiokvm (live at Mad Parade II)
Nine Inch Nails
Horse The Band
Secret Chiefs 3
[Photo by Faysal Bibi]