Maurice Louca, as a solo artist as well as with his numerous and adventurous collaborations, had conquered our ears a long time ago. A stalwart at the forefront of Egypt´s flourishing experimental music scene, Louca is an incredibly talented and prolific composer and producer. Earlier this year he released Elephantine, his magnificent new album, and we simply can´t put it down. So we´re beyond excited he accepted to helm this month´s mixtape! Here's his gem-filled mix that will stimulate and delight your ears!
Albert Ayler – Goin’ Home [Black Lion Records]
Sunil Ganguly – Chupke Chupke Raat Din Aanso
Alexandre St-Onge – Joseph Carey Merrick (Part Two) [Oral]
Jerusalem In My Heart – Thahab Mish Roujou Thahab [Constellation]
Sote – Breadth Digit (Glass Lung) [Sub Rosa]
Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra – Other Planes Of There (excerpt) [El Saturn Records]
Daphne Oram – Pulse Persephone
Umm Kulthum – Ghana El Rabea (excerpt)
Don Ayler – Prophet John (excerpt) [Revenant]
Miles Davis – Live Electric and Brutal @Berlin 1973 (Excerpt)
With Daqa’iq Tudaiq quickly nearing its release date on October 5th through Constellation, Jerusalem In My Heart have added to the anticipation by revealing another mesmerising single from the album, ‘Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam Pt 3 & 4’. Appearing on side one, this is the second single to be released following the otherworldly and compelling ‘Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab’. ‘Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam’, which translates as ‘The Language Of Speech Has Broke Down’, is a modern orchestral-electronic re-interpretation of the popular Egyptian classic Ya Garat Al Wadi by Mohammad Abdel Wahab. The duo’s extraordinary composer and producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, who had envisioned it for a long time, enlisted Sam Shalabi as arranger and musical director and assembled a 15-piece orchestra in Beirut to bring this piece to life. “’Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam’ is an expression of wordless love and transcendent communication between two lovers’ eyes in Shawqi’s poem”, describes the press release. “JIMH re-titles the song with this line, exploding the sentiment with more complexity, tragedy and socio-political meaning – also prefiguring the formal aesthetic ruptures JIMH bring to the piece itself.”
Now immerse yourself in the stunning sounds of ‘Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam Pt 3 & 4’.
To celebrate the album’s release, the Montréal-Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo will embark on an extensive tour, with several stops in Canada and Europe, including a special performance at Le Guess Who? on November 8th, where they will present the project Don’t Say The Moon Has Set with an oriental orchestra from Beirut.
We have been under the spell of Jerusalem In My Heart‘s compelling and entrancing compositions for a while now, so we’re excited to know they are back with a new album. Entitled called Daqa’iq Tudaiq, which translates as “minutes that bother/oppress/harass”, it follows 2015’s widely acclaimed If He Dies, If If If If If If and arrives on October 5th through Constellation. Currently operating as the duo of extraordinary composer and producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Charles-André Coderre delivering live projections on 16mm film, the new album sees Jerusalem In My Heart continue “to expand the horizons of its profound conceptual and aesthetic engagement with Arabic/Middle-Eastern traditions”, as the press release describes.
Envisioned by Moumneh for a long time, side one is a dream come true, featuring a modern orchestral version of the popular Egyptian classic Ya Garat Al Wadi by Mohammad Abdel Wahab. To bring this adaptation to life, Moumneh assembled a 15-piece orchestra in Beirut, and prolific composer and musician Sam Shalabi as arranger and musical director.
On side two the record offers four tracks by Moumneh “which push rupture and decomposition/recomposition of tradition further into avant-garde territory”. The otherworldly and mesmerising ‘Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab’ is one of these four tracks, and it serves as a wonderful first taste for what’s to come. The track comes with a video by Charles-André Coderre. Watch it below.
In other related news, Jerusalem In My Heart have announced a string of live dates in Canada and Europe, including a show at London’s Cafe Oto on November 15th. The tour will also see them return to Le Guess Who? this November, after enriching the festival last year as one of its phenomenal co-curators. With a special live performance in store on November 8th, they will present the project Don’t Say The Moon Has Set with an oriental orchestra from Beirut.
Jerusalem In My Heart have always dazzled us with their powerful and entrancing compositions, exploring and merging traditional Arabic music with electronic influences. Founded over a decade ago by prodigious and adventurous musician, composer and producer-in-demand Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, they are currently a performative audio-visual duo with Charles-André Coderre creating live projections on 16mm film. Ahead of the forthcoming 11th edition of Le Guess Who?, for which they are one of the guest co-curators, we are thrilled and honoured to unveil this special mixtape lovingly assembled by Radwan. Serving as a window into their extraordinary curation, it features music from each of the unique artists they have invited to perform. Now it's time to listen.
We're very excited to have Oiseaux-Tempête, the French band spearheaded by Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul, behind the wheel of this month's mixtape. The band's music, strangely beautiful and beautifully strange, explores and experiments with many varied genres. To shed some light on their influences, here's their thrilling mix, about which they had this to say:
"16 tracks which fell off the back of our van during our last Spring tour in France and Belgium with Mondkopf, G.W.Sok, As Human Pattern, Two Or The Dragon & Charbel Haber. Recent discoveries or forever inspirations, hidden covers and rare gems, all the music you need for a perfect highway ambience."
Einstürzende Neubauten – NNNAAAMMM [Potomak]
Bästard – Golden Lad [Ici D'Ailleurs]
Jerusalem In My Heart – Al Affaq, Lau Mat, Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau [Constellation]
Om – Cremation Ghat I [Drag City]
BIG|BRAVE -(Re)collection pt 2 [Southern Lord]
David Lynch – The Ballad of Hollis Brown [Sunday Best Recordings]
Silver Apples – I Have Known Love [Kapp Records]
The Ex & Getatchew Mekuria – Tezalegn Yetentu [Terp Records]
Faust / Nurse With Wound – Lass Mich [Art-errorist]
Alice Coltrane – Atomic Peace [Impulse]
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Plain Gold Ring [Mute]
Pharmakon – Crawling On Bruised Knees [Sacred Bones]
Scrambled Eggs & “A” Trio – Koji Kabuto (Ya Akruto) [Johnny Kafta's Kid Menu]
Vangelis O. Papathanassiou – Sunny Earth [Vertigo]
John Vartan and His Ensemble – Asa Inch Anem [Monitor Records]
We’re only a month away from the much anticipated release of Jerusalem In My Heart‘s second album, If He Dies, If If If If If If. The Montreal based audio-visual performance collective had already enticed us with the first single ‘7ebr El 3oyoun’ (‘Ink Of The Eyes’). Now they are previewing another incredible track from the album, ‘A Granular Buzuk’, featuring guest Sharif Sehnaoui on prepared guitar. Take a listen below.