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.
Ziad Moukarzel (musician, Mocques)
– Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes [Warp]
– Captain Murphy: Duality [Self-released]
– El Rass & Munma: Kachf el Mahjoub (Unveiling The Hidden) [Ruptured]
– Jimmy Edgar: Majenta [Hotflush]
– Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! [Constellation]
– Grimes: Visions [4AD / Arbutus]
– Various Artists: Enduser Shares Needles With The Teknoist [Ad Noiseam]
– El-P: Cancer For Cure [Fat Possum]
– Die Antwoord: TEN$ION [Zef Recordings]
– Lone: Galaxy Garden [R&S Records]
TNGHT, Baauer, The Outside Agency, Kids These Days, Death Grips, Gaslamp Killer, Tame Impala, Four Tet, Tasjiil Moujahed, Major Lazer…
I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…
Ziad Moukarzel: musician (Mocques, Anton Stator, formerly with Index/Left)
– Radiohead: TKOL Remixes 1234567
– Modeselektor: Monkey Town
– Hessle Audio Presents: 116 & Rising
– Martyn: Ghost People
– Matthew David: International EP
– Rustie: Glass Swords
– Various Artists: Let The Children Techno (Ed Banger Records)
– Beastie Boys: Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win
– Amon Tobin: ISAM
– Enduser: Even Weight
Lebanese musician Ziad Moukarzel, aka Mocques, was the guest of Ruptures for an interview + live electronic performance. Mocques’ ‘Ruptured’ showcase took place a couple of weeks following his first solo concert in Beirut, during which he played alongside local musicians Munma and Jad Atoui, and foreign musicians Kirdec (Belgium) and One Man Nation (Singapore).
Listen: mocques 1 + mocques 2
[Photo by Tanya Traboulsi]
Lebanese dubstep duo INDEX/LEFT (Ziad Moukarzel & Jawad Nawfal) were the guests of RUPTURES to present a selection of new tracks recorded exclusively for their BASEMENT concert of July 16. And by the same token, the two hyperactive boys offered Ruptures’ audience an overview of the Dubstep genre, from its early beginnings to the present day.
Listen: Index Left part 1 + Index Left part 2
King Midas Sound
Modeselektor (feat. Thom Yorke)
Bloc Party (Burial remix)
[Photos by Caroline Tabet]
One of the first and foremost Lebanese artists operating in the field of electronica today, JAWAD NAWFAL has held live appearances in Lebanon and France, and regularly collaborated with Lebanese electronic musicians (including TRASH INC and dubstep project INDEX/LEFT). He has released 3 albums of ambient electronic music between 2006 and 2008 on Lebanese label Incognito, under the name Munma.
He was the guest of RUPTURES to present his 4th album “Previews & Premises”, a collection of tracks recorded by Nawfal between 2006 and 2010. Not exactly a compilation, not exactly a concept album either, this new release was accompanied by a live concert at The Basement, on May 14, which marked Munma’s first “solo” appearance on a Lebanese stage since 2007.
Listen: Munma 10 May part 1 + Munma 10 May part 2
Jawad Nawfal & Jad Atoui
[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]