As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2019.
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)
- Jerusalem In My Heart – Thahab Mish Roujou Thahab
- Sote – Breadth Digit (Glass Lung)
- 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)
- Miles Davis – Live Electric and Brutal @Berlin 1973 (Excerpt)
- Albert Ayler – Our Prayer
A gifted musician at the vanguard of Egypt’s flourishing experimental arts scene, Maurice Louca is involved in numerous collaborations, most notably his trio The Dwarfs of East Agouza, multicultural collective Alif and bands like Bikya, Lekhfa and Karkhana. Louca has also contributed his North African percussion loops and scintillation keys to other projects, composing for theatre, film and contemporary art.
February 1st will see the release of his new full-length album, Elephantine, recorded in Stockholm and featuring a 12-piece ensemble. The record “serves as both the pinnacle of his wide-ranging experience and a bold next step in his development as a composer, arranger and bandleader”, describes the press release. “The music — from its pensive lulls through its stretches of hard-grooving hypnosis and moments of avant-jazz catharsis — testifies to that rapport.”
The entrancing and transcending ‘The Leper’ serves as the first taste from the record and we can’t stop playing it.