Ruptured 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.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE


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Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #4: Amman, Beirut, Tunis

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.

Grief Into Rage: A Compilation for Beirut is a 36-track compilation by Jordanian label Grief Into Rage, aiming to raise funds in support of Beirut and its inhabitants. 100% of the compilation’s profits will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross and Tunefork Studios’ Beirut Musicians’ Fund. Notable contributors include Arabs with Synthesizers and Asifeh.

Buy Grief Into Rage here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


System Revival Recordings put together System Revival: For Beirut, The End Of Corruption as a fundraiser for the people of Beirut. 100% of the compilation’s proceeds will go directly to support organizations on the ground in Beirut. Notable contributors to this lengthy 31-track collection include Kujo, Legowelt, MAKH, NP (the duo of Anthony Sahyoun and Jad Atoui), Nur Jaber, Safa and Yasmine Hamdan.

Buy For Beirut, The End Of Corruption here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ma3azef teamed up with New York-based mastering engineer Heba Kadry to curate a compilation of new and unreleased material from regional and international musicians, entitled Nisf Madeena (half city). All proceeds from the compilation’s sales are going to local initiatives working to provide assistance on the ground in Beirut, namely AFAC’s Fundraising Campaign for the Arts and Culture Community, Tunefork Studios’ Beirut Musicians’ Fund, and Beit el Baraka. The 17-track compilation includes contributions by Nicolás Jaar, Zuli, Aya Metwalli, Fatima Al Qadiri, Deena Abdelwahed and Marc Codsi.

Buy Nisf Madeena here.

Ziad Nawfal for Ballroom Blitz x Radio Alhara // 29 August 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s guest mix for The Ballroom Blitz‘s 30-hour takeover/fundraiser at Radio Alhara, with all profits going to Haven for Artists.
Music from and for Beirut:

1. Marc Codsi – Invocation I [2019]
2. Jad Atoui – Alpha 60 [2020]
3. Charles Cohen – Beirut [2015]
4. Kid Fourteen – Can You Be More Concerned [2018]
5. The Bug – Destroy Me (Version) [2020]
6. Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart – Gazelles in Flight [2014]
7. Zalfa – Law Ma [2019]
8. Lumi – From A Dream [2017]
9. Rabih Beaini – Ghadab [2020]
10. Thoom – Large Fly [2020]
11. Aya Metwalli – Manyaka [2017]
12. Muqata’a – Taqamus Muqawim [2018]
13. El Rass & Munma – Freestyle [Ruptured Session 2012]
14. Kinematik – Lalochezia [Ruptured Session 2017]


Ruptured Sessions Mix for Radio Alhara // 21 August 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s guest mix for Radio Alhara, featuring selections from all 6 volumes of “The Ruptured Sessions” [2008-2019]:

1. El Rass & Munma – Freestyle [2012]
2. Fareeq El Atrash – Njoom `Am Te’rab [2009]
3. The Incompetents – Cannibal Blues [2011]
4. Intensive Care – Another You [2010]
5. White Trees – The Game of Love [2010]
6. Charbel Haber – Building A Nest [2008]
7. Sandmoon – Dead of Jericho [2010]
8. Charlie Rayne – Madeleines [2013]
9. Postcards – Flying Saucers [2018]
10. Youmna Saba feat. Fadi Tabbal – Tehfi [2008]
11. Safar – Overlove [2015]
12. Alko B – Some Things [2019]
13. Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Early Embankment [2011]
14. The Wanton Bishops – Whoopy [2013]
15. Who Killed Bruce Lee – Pool Party [2013]
16. Mashrou’ Leila – Im Bimbillila7 [2009]
17. Kinematik – Lalochezia [2017]


Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #3: Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 + Tunefork Musicians’ Fund

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.

The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 is the latest iteration of Ziad Nawfal‘s series of live recordings in the studios of Radio Lebanon. Spanning a period of 10 years, this collection includes live versions of songs by Lebanese musicians Alko B, The Incompetents, Kinematik, Postcards, Safar, The Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, and Youmna Saba, as well as previously unreleased tracks by Charlie Rayne, Cosmic Analog Ensemble, and El Rass & Munma.

All Bandcamp sales from this release will be forwarded to Tunefork StudiosBeirut Musicians’ Fund, aimed at providing relief to musicians impacted by the deadly blast of August 4th. The fund will replace musicians’ damaged recording equipment, instruments and various music gear.

Buy The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 here.
Read Scene Noise‘s review here.
Donate to Beirut Musicians’ Fund here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruptured News // Kinematik Live Broadcast for ILM // 03 July 2020

On the occasion of Independent Label Market‘s initiative “Online Global Label Market” with Bandcamp in July 2020, Ruptured contributed a live broadcast from Lebanese indie rock band Kinematik, masterfully recorded at Tunefork Studios by Fadi Tabbal, and superbly filmed by Samir Syriani.
[Supported by dublab & South Plug]

Ziad Nawfal for Ballroom Blitz x Radio Alhara // 21 May 2020

90-minute mix recorded for The Ballroom Blitz‘s monthly takeover at Radio Alhara, with artists from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt Tunisia, Palestine and Canada:

  1. Stefan Christoff – Illimitée [2020]
  2. Stress Distress – Liljeholmen [2019]
  3. Jad Atoui & Jawad Nawfal – Six Times Two [2020]
  4. Mme Chandelier – Minimal Potato [2016]
  5. Ziad Moukarzel & Tony Elieh [Tres Millones Dolares] – Jon Black [2018]
  6. Radiokvm – Aristophanes *213 [2013]
  7. Elyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal – Coast I [2020]
  8. Liliane Chlela – 2022 [2020]
  9. Jad Atoui – Alpha 60 [2020]
  10. Bakisa – Notturno (Edit #6) [2020]
  11. Lumi – To the Shore [2017]
  12. Rise 1969 – 3Jane Tessier-Ashpool [2019]
  13. Deena Abdelwahed – Lila Fi Tounes [2020]
  14. Zuli – Robotic Handshakes in 4D [2016]
  15. Mutamassik – Rhythms Rattle on Death Pawns [2015]
  16. Muqata’a – Al Missfah (Muqata’a Remix) [2016]
  17. DJ Sotusura – Belbalad [2019]
  18. Hadi Zeidan – Mabrouk Mabrouk [2018]
  19. Al Rajul Al Hadidi + Chyno – Zam Zam [2016]
  20. El Far3i & Munma – Shu Beddak [2013]
  21. El Rass [2016] – نفَس

Ruptures Radio Show // 18 May 2020

Live broadcast from “Ruptures” [Radio Lebanon 96.2FM] with song-by-song audio commentary, featuring musicians from Lebanon:

1. Lumi – Two Swords [2015]
2. The Bunny Tylers – Let There Be Light [2020]
3. The Butcher’s Bride- Lipsync [2020]
4. Elyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal – Coast I [2020]
5. General Order 1 – Exponential [2020]
6. Hadi Zeidan – In the Goldroom [2019]
7. Bakisa – Notturno (Edit #6) [2020] PREMIERE
8. Kid Fourteen – Nobody Came, Nobody Wants To [2020]
9. Liliane Chlela – 2022 [2020] PREMIERE
10. Kinematik – Sahu [2020]
11. Postcards – Freediving [2020]
12. Sandmoon – Fiery Observation [2019]
13. Serge Yared – The State of The Union [2020]
14. The Incompetents – Bloody Rainbow (Daniel Johnston cover) [2011]
15. Sary Moussa – In Praise of Shadows [2020]


Ziad Nawfal for Radio Alhara // 23 April 2020

A one-hour mix for Radio Alhara in Palestine, with alternative, electronica and experimental tracks by artists from Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine:

1. Love & Revenge – Allo? [2017]
2. DJ Sotusura – Al Hara [2019]
3. Muqata’a – Faltakon [2018]
4. Karkhana – Nafas [2016]
5. Jerusalem In My Heart – Bein Ithnein [2018]
6. Marc Codsi – Invocation I [2019]
7. Jawad Nawfal – STO On A VHS [2019]
8. Kinematik – Al-Qulub al-Mughallafa Bet-Turab la Tankaser [2020]
9. Praed – El Khawaga [2018]
10. Serge Yared – The State of The Union [2020] PREMIERE
11. Sary Moussa – In Praise of Shadows [2020]
12. Aya Metwalli – Fein Enta [2017]
13. The Bunny Tylers – Let There Be Light [2020]
14. PanSTARRS – Dor Elfo2 [2020]
15. Kid Fourteen – Everybody Wants A Strong Man [2019]
16. El Rass – El Akh Men Weyn? [2016]
17. Al Rajul Al Hadidi – Qossat Al Tapline [2018]


Ruptures Radio Show // 01 April 2020

Featuring musicians from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Sweden, France & the USA:

1. Kid Fourteen – Drifter [2020]
2. Mutamassik – Rhythms Rattle On Death Pawns [2015]
3. Muqata’a – Ma Lam Yuqal [2018]
4. Sary Moussa – In Praise Of Shadows [2020]
5. Brothers Of Heliopolis – Inner Source [2019]
6. The Submarine Chronicles – Gin Ripples [2020]
7. Kinematik – Murur Al-Kiram [2020]
8. Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra – Bedo’s Lullaby [2015]
9. Aya Metwalli – Ya Qarawan [2019] PREMIERE
10. Marc Codsi – Encounters II [2019]
11. Youmna Saba – Nafas [2018]
12. Fadi Tabbal – The Death Of Strangers [2018]
13. Subchamber Ensmble – Skate Park Fauna [2019]
14. Rise 1969 – Autonomic Neuropathy [2019]
15. Ziad Moukarzel – Questions Of Worry [2018]