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17 April 2014

COMING SOON: 2 S.F. RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVES! Both 1st time on LP

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COMING SOON: 

2 S.F. RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVES!


The two Sublime Frequencies' vinyl releases: Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights and Pop Yeh Yeh, will be available this Saturday, April 19th at participating Record Store Day shops.

 Not every shop will have particular titles, that is part of the fun. 

Stores cannot hold copies and it is by a first come, first serve basis. 

These are limited editions. 

For more information on Record Store Day: http://www.recordstoreday.com/



Both 1st time on LP 


Available RSD: 19th April, 2014

No Pre-orders 

Available on Record Store Day


OMAR SOULEYMAN: 
Jazeera Nights: 

Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria LP

SF - 055 LP


To hear samples (cd version) and to order from Forced Exposure:


RSD 2014 release. First time on vinyl. Brand-new limited edition LP version in a heavy tip-on jacket with liner-notes by compiler Mark Gergis. Sublime Frequencies is honored to present Omar Souleyman's third Western collection of tracks. This retrospective features live recordings spanning 15 years of Omar's tireless repertoire, and is rife with frenzied Syrian Dabke (a regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi Choubi and a host of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles, among others -- an amalgamation that exemplifies the musical essence of Northeastern Syria. Culled from cassettes recorded between 1995 and 2009, this collection offers a further rare glimpse into Syrian street-level Dabke folk-pop -- a phenomena seldom heard in the West, not previously deemed serious enough for export by the Syrians and rarely, if ever, included on the import agenda of worldwide academic musical committees. Over the years, Souleyman's popularity has risen steadily and the group tirelessly performs concerts throughout Syria and has accepted invitations to perform abroad in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. In 2006, Sublime Frequencies partnered with Omar to release Highway to Hassake, the first compilation of his works to be issued in the West. The success of this release and the video for the song "Leh Jani" helped see Souleyman and his group invited for their first Western tour in 2009 alongside label-mates Group Doueh from the Western Sahara. This successful tour quickly elevated Souleyman to the status of an international legend -- and deservedly so. The original CD release of this album coincided with the beginning of Omar's 2010 international tour.


VA: Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970: Vol. 1 2LP



SF - 079 LP



2014 RSD release. Until now, for some unknown reason, the psychedelic rock movement in Singapore and Malaysia, aka Pop Yeh Yeh, has never been given the worldwide attention it deserves. This compilation -- Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia - 1964-1970: Vol. 1 -- is the first of its kind to focus solely on the Malay rock groups of this region. The Pop Yeh Yeh era, which took place roughly between the years of 1964 to 1970, coincided with the rapid modernization happening at the time in Singapore and Malaysia. Sublime Frequencies has already released many incredible compilations from neighboring Indonesia, so it's about time that the Malaysian groups got some attention! Pop Yeh Yeh artists instinctively cross-pollinated electric sounds of the West with Malay melodies, and added their own local poetic voice to the lyrics they wrote -- sung in Malay (and sometimes Bawean). The Pop Yeh Yeh musicians started out playing in styles inspired by Western groups like the Beatles and Cliff Richard, but they eventually succeeded in creating a sound all their own -- a sound that is not only accessible to the Western ear, but also retains an undeniable Malay personality. Nearly eight years in the making, this compilation was exhaustively researched and compiled by Carl Hamm and features 26 classic tracks of the very best bands and singers from Singapore and Malaysia's Pop Yeh Yeh era, including M. OsmanOrkes NirwanaAdnan OthmanA. HalimRoziah Latiff, and the JayhawkersJ. ShamHasnah HaronZaleha Hamid, and many more. This 2LP deluxe edition comes in a gorgeous heavy-duty gatefold jacket with a full-size 12-page full-color booklet packed with insanely extensive liner-notes including band/artist bios, an overview of the era, translated lyrics, and plenty of rare photos taken from vintage magazines, album covers, and the artists' own personal collections.


Track listing (from original cd version)

1. Budi Bahasa (Adnan Othman & The Rhythmn Boys)

2. Kisah Disampang (M. Osman & Orkes Nirwana)

3. Aku Kechewa (Roziah Latiff And The Jayhawkers)

4. Oh Teruna (Fatimah Amin & The Clans)

5. Jangan Goda (Afida Es & The Siglap Boys)

6. Oh Ya Ya - Rajah Ahmad & Dengan Dendang Irama)

7. Temasah Ria (M. Said & Les Remaja)

8. Bersiar Siar (Fabians Boys feat. Halipah)

9. Dara (M. Osman & Les Fentones)

10. Syurga Idaman (A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana)

11. Jauh Pandangan (Halim "Janda-Ku" Yatim & The Sangam Boys)

12. Nelayan Bersampan (Zaleha Hamid & The Black Cats)

13. Kasih Tak Sudah (A Ramlie & the Rhythmn Boys)

14. Bersiar di Taman Hiboran (Salim I & The Wisma)

15. Bimban (A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana)

16. Mula Bertemu (M. Rahmat & The Teruna)

17. Revolusi (Adnan Othman & The Wanderers)

18. Ayah... Kini ku Bercinta (Nur Azilah & Desa Bersaudara)

19. Kembali Lagi (A. Halim & De'Fictions)

20. Rindu (Siti Zaiton & The Twilite)

21. Bertemasha (Zaleha Hamid & Orkes Zindegi)

22. Sidia Siapa (Noor Hamza & Band Mesra)

23. Surat Ku Untuk Mu (J. Sham & The Wanderers)

24. Kan Hilang Nanti (A. Halim & De'Fictions)

25. Tak Mengapa (A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana)

26. Bintang Pujaan (Hasnah Haron & The Spiritual 70s)


25 March 2014

BODEGA POP / WFMU 3 HOUR SUBLIME FREQUENCIES' RADIO SPECIAL

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From 7-10 PM EDT this Wednesday, March 26, 
Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio will celebrate the Sublime Frequencies' first decade with a three-hour-long serving of sublime pop, folk and radio snippets 
from over 80+ game-changing albums put out to date.

16 March 2014

2 NEW RELEASES COMING IN MAY: AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

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VA: 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop LP 

- Limited Edition

SF - 088 LP

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Sublime Frequencies is thrilled to present a second volume of classic tracks from Algeria's popular music history. Where volume 1 focused on the early to mid-1970s Rai scene in western Algeria, this album features a variety of pop and folk styles from that same period. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek, 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop documents a key period in the modern musical renaissance of a nation in transition. Most of these tracks are from 45 rpm singles, the key format during the early 1970s before the cassette took over as the medium of choice. Western musical influences can be heard throughout this extremely diverse record, yet there is an undeniable Algerian sense of sadness contained here within a more tolerant space in time between two of the country's most significant historical periods; National Independence from France and the darker times of a brutal civil war yet to come. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most legendary radio DJ.



VA: Choubi Choubi: 

Folk & Pop Sounds from Iraq Vol. 1

- Limited Edition 2LP and bonus 7"

SF - 025 LP

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Originally released in 2005, while the U.S.-led war against Iraq was tearing the country to pieces, Choubi Choubi Vol. 1 brought a collection of incredible Iraqi music and styles that had rarely showcased abroad. This 2014 deluxe-edition vinyl reissue is a must-have. It features re-mastered, and in some cases, completely restored audio, revised and updated liner-notes with new artist and track information, plus four additional tracks not featured in the first CD issue. Meticulously compiled by Mark Gergis from his archives of Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Syria, Europe and the Iraqi neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan and elsewhere within the diaspora, this unique collection of folk and pop styles displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq. Choubi is Iraq's version of Middle Eastern dabke music, and can be found throughout the country. It's performed at weddings and parties nationally by its melting pot of Arabs, Kurds, Christians, and Rom gypsies -- known as Kawlia. The Kawlia have been some of the most active recorded choubi artists in Iraq since the 1980s, and many tracks featured in this volume feature their outstanding performances. There are many reasons why Iraqi music stands alone in the dynamic world of Arabic music: one example is the unbelievable rapid-fire machine-gun rhythms fluttering atop the main tempo. This is the work of a unique nomadic hand drum called the Khishba -- also known as the Zanbour (Arabic for wasp). A style prominently featured here is the infamous Iraqi Choubi -- a driving, rhythmic style that can include fiddles, double reeded instruments, percussion, bass, keyboards and oud over its signature beat. Other styles featured are the Basta (an urban Baghdadi sound), Iraq's legendary brand of Mawal -- an ornamental vocal improvisation that sets the tone of a song, regardless of the style, and the outstanding Iraqi Hecha -- with its lumbering and determined rhythm pulsing beneath sad, antagonized vocals. Most of the music in this collection was produced during the Saddam period -- between the 1980s and 2002. Since the 2003 invasion and the wholesale disassembly of the country, classic tracks like these have already become part of a disappeared past. This limited edition 2LP vinyl release features 70 minutes of classic original recordings compiled by Mark Gergis, housed in a beautiful full-color gatefold jacket with extensive liner-notes and a bonus 7" with a picture sleeve.



LP 1
Side A
01.
Souad Hussein Ensemble
Oh Mother, The Handsome Man Tortures Me
4:07
02.
Diyaa Hussein
Al Hecha (The Hecha)
5:54
03.
Amal Khodeir
Yal Ghali (Precious One)
3:39
04.
Souad Abdullah
Ahl Al Aqil (Oh, People of Reason)
3:54
Side B
05.
VA
Bezikh Introduction
0:40
06.
Souad Abdullah
Yumma Al Helou (Mother, He's Beautiful)
4:00
07.
Mohammed Al Madloul
Qa Choubi (On the Choubi)
6:25
08.
Bawin
Ya Binaya Goumi (Oh Girl, Stand Up
5:48

LP 2
Side C
01.
Sadoun Jabir
Ashad Bianak Helou (I Admit, You Are Beautiful)
3:08
02.
Samira Al-Amir
Al Ghetra Wa Al Zabon (The Khafiyah & the Cloak)
3:49
03.
Unknown Artist
Ya Yumma (Oh, Mother)
3:08
04.
Salah Abdel Ghafour
Wallah (By God)
6:46
Side D
05.
Ahmad Al Indibat
Guitar Choubi
5:32
06.
Souad Abdullah
Choubi Choubi (aka: Seya Seya)
2:56
07.
Sajida Obeid
Ala Honak (Take it Easy)
6:45
08.
Souad Abdullah
Ayna
2:45

Disc 3
Side A: Bonus 7" EP
01.
Ja'afar Hassan
They Taught Me
4:18
02.
Ja'afar Hassan
Once a Day
3:56
Side B: Bonus 7" EP
03.
Ja'afar Hassan
Palestinian
2:30
04.
Ja'afar Hassan
Front My Hope
5:42


28 February 2014

NEW RELEASE OUT NOW! BUSH TAXI MALI: FIELD RECORDINGS FROM MALI LP

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NEW RELEASE OUT NOW!

BUSH TAXI MALI: 

FIELD RECORDINGS FROM MALI

Various Artists 

SF 012LP


Go to Forced Exposure to order and for audio samples:
http://beta.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/SF.012LP.html


Bush Taxi Mali: Field Recordings from Mali is an aural tour through the heart of Mali. These field recordings were made by Tucker Martine in 1998 while traveling throughout the West African country. This blend of bluesy ngonis, clamoring street sounds, the stunning voice of Jalimusa Amanita Diabaté (of the famous Diabaté family), passing radios, Fulani flutes, runaway sound systems, and chants from the Dogon country creates a unique portrait of Mali's rich musical heritage. Eventually Martine found himself in the backseat of a beat-up Peugeot on his way to the village of Kela, a Jeli village, where the songs and traditions of the Mande people have been scrupulously preserved. Some of the musical performances heard on this LP were made during that visit. Bush Taxi Mali is a strikingly original tapestry of the ancient traditions of Mali in the modern era. Limited edition LP reissue of the original 2005 CD in a heavy-duty tip-on jacket with gorgeous, redesigned front and back cover photos, including a two-sided insert featuring liner notes by producer Tucker Martine and his photographs of the musicians.

18 February 2014

NEW RELEASE OUT NOW! RAJASTHAN STREET MUSIC VA 2LP

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NEW RELEASE OUT NOW!

RAJASTHAN STREET MUSIC

Various Artists 

2LP - SF 087LP


Go to Forced Exposure to order and for audio samples:
http://beta.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/SF.087LP.html

"Swathed in hundreds of miles of snaking hinterland, the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan is a giant canvas for the imagination of the wanderers it gives home to. Through the stark reaches of the vast Thar Desert, Rajasthan shares borders as well as bloodlines with the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Punjab to the west and the Indian state of Gujarat to the south. The state's rough history and harsh environment is heavily reflected in the Rajasthani people and Marwari tribal culture; centuries of continuous invasions, epic battles, brutal slaughterings and various rulings by Scythians, Mauryans, Satraps, Gurjars, Mughals, Rajputs and the British have left their traces in local folklore in the shape of storytelling, songs and plays. In Rajasthan's modern-day avatar, daily life is controlled by power failures, lasting droughts, dried-out or diverted rivers and an ever-advancing desertification. These hardships of the past and present have equipped the Rajasthani people with their notoriously resilient and proud character and are clearly voiced in the music of the region. This compilation has been recorded in various cities, villages and remote regions of Rajasthan as part of a two-month road trip seeking found folklore, of which one month was spent in the holy town of Pushkar, where we experienced different aspects of Rajasthani cultural and Hindu religious life. Flexible improvisation, good chance and often pure luck allowed these recordings to happen when musicians of different ages and castes crossed our path along the way. This collection does not focus on the contextual technicalities of musical lineage, castes or styles, and is neither an exhaustive folkloric research project nor an ethnomusicology study; rather, it presents the musical landscape of contemporary Rajasthan on the street level as it was found in 2007-2008, a cross-section of aural environment outside of the academic approach to Rajasthani music that many Western and Indian scholars have already covered in intricate detail. The most important criteria for recording these musicians in their homes (or on the streets) was the personal beauty of raw power in their music." --Seb Bassleer; Limited edition 2LP in a full-color heavy gatefold jacket with images of the musicians and detailed liner-notes by compiler and producer Seb Bassleer.