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16 July 2014

OUT NOW! 1970's ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI UNDERGROUND NEW REPRESS CD - SF045

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OUT NOW! 

1970's ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI

UNDERGROUND

VA CD - SF045


To hear samples and order — Forced Exposure





This is a new 2014 digipak designed CD repress of the limited LP pressing which sold out almost immediately when released in 2008. This is Raï music from Algeria as you've not heard it before. In the early 1970s, a new group of singers and musicians were operating on the northwest coast, and what they pioneered was a sound that eventually reached worldwide status by the end of the decade; however, their names are relatively unknown to this day outside Algeria. This crucial and defining period of the development of Raï is criminally ignored and overlooked by Algerian music historians and Raï fans. Due to censorship and government-controlled music diffusion, this scene and lyrical style was forced underground and banned from broadcasts, yet slowly built a small following around the seaside cabarets of Wahran (Oran). This period witnessed the rise of artists such asGroupe El Azhar ("The Flowers" group) and Messaoud Bellemou, who can comfortably be considered the Godfather of the modern Raï sound. His group, L'Orchestre Bellemou, rewrote a heritage of centuries by using modern instruments and especially the trumpet, which became, during the 1970s, the backbone of the Wahrani genre. Reinterpreting the gasbamelodies on trumpet, Bellemou backed singers such asBoutaiba Sghir and Sheikh Benfissa who carried on the lyrical tradition of their forefathers singing about daily preoccupations and problems as well as love affairs, alcohol, or simply owning an automobile! Toward the late 1970s,Cheb Zergui brought a newer ingredient: an electric guitar with a wah-wah pedal. Thankfully, the late 1960s saw the development of vinyl pressing in Algeria. This new industry allowed many small artists including the Wahrani "scene" to record and release singles documenting their repertoire. This compilation is a selection of this proto-Raï scene's vinyl 45s. CD booklet features photos of the musicians & informative liner notes by the man who compiled it, Hicham Chadly.

10 June 2014

OUT NOW! CHOUBI CHOUBI FOLK AND POP SOUNDS FROM IRAQ 2LP SF025

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OUT NOW! 

CHOUBI CHOUBI FOLK AND POP SOUNDS FROM IRAQ 2LP 

SF025
To hear samples and order — Forced Exposure


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.

09 June 2014

INTERVIEW WITH HISHAM MAYET AT BROWNBOOK

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INTERVIEW WITH HISHAM MAYET  

AT BROWNBOOK


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05 June 2014

OUT NOW! VA: 1970s ALGERIAN FOLK AND POP CD

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VA: 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop CD

 

SF - 088 CD

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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 & FethiLes Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek1970s 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 CD comes in a digipak with a booklet featuring lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria's most legendary radio DJ.

20 May 2014

OUT NOW! VA: 1970s ALGERIAN FOLK AND POP LP

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VA: 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop LP 

- Limited Edition

SF - 088 LP

To hear samples and order- Forced Exposure:



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.




07 May 2014

ROBERT MILLIS EUROPEAN TOUR: MAY - JUNE 2014MAY

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Sublime Frequencies' European 
Film Screening Tour 
with Robert Millis presenting


THIS WORLD IS UNREAL

 LIKE A SNAKE 

IN A ROPE






Folk cinema from the eternal never-ending collage that is INDIA. A journey through the ancient Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu featuring Hindu trance ceremonies, street music, festivals, nagaswaram improvisations, impossibly loud cities, ancient temples, processions, devotions, decay, fireworks, abstractions and more. India is impossible to know: it is impossibly old and impossibly new, impossibly rich and impossibly poor, quiet and chaotic. Offered here is one perspective, raw, captured live and in the moment, with an emphasis on India’s complex and mesmerizing sounds. 

MAY 14: BERLIN - N.K. Elsen Strasse, 52 12059 Berlin
http://www.nkprojekt.de/ May 16: BERLIN - (improv set w/ Ratbag and Gilles Aubry) Loophole, Boddinstrasse 60 12053 Berlin http://www.loophole-berlin.com/ May 18: BERLIN - Schwelle 7, Uferstraße 6, 13357 Berlin, Germany 
performance with Sublime Frequencies' contributor, Laurent Jeanneau, 
Using material gathered on various Sublime Frequencies expeditions. May 21: GENEVA - Cave 12, 4 Rue de la Prairie 9pm CHF10 www.cave12.org May 22: BRUSSELS (film screening) Crickxstraat 15, 1060 bruxelles 8.30PM €5 http://www.lesateliersclaus.com/ May 23: AALST - Houtkaai z/n, 9300 Aalst 8pm €13/10 with Dean Blunt http://www.netwerk-art.be/en/concerts/989/dean-blunt-rmillis May 24: AMSTERDAM - OCCII Amstelveenseweg 134, 1075XL Amsterdam 9pm €7 http://occii.org/ May 25: BRADFORD - Threadfest @ Fuse Art Space, 
5-7 Rawson Place BD1 3QQ 1pm Free entry. Also appearing: Philip Jeck + Basic House + Lee Patterson + Dean McPhee + Female Band https://www.facebook.com/events/488180197953434/ http://wearefuse.co/threadfest/ May 26: COVENTRY - The Coal Vaults, Coal Vaults CV1 4LY 
8pm £5/7 http://thetinmusicandarts.org.uk/events/robert-millis-presents-sublime-frequencies/ May 27: LONDON - Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston E8 3DL
* Also screening Robert Millis' film: Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan 8pm £7/8 http://cafeoto.co.uk/sublime-frequencies-robert-millis-the-world-is-unreal-like-a-snake-in-a-rope.shtm
May 28: HELSINKI - Korjaamo, Töölönkatu 51 a-b, 00250 Helsinki with Avarus
* Screening This World Is Unreal Like A Snake In A Rope 8pm €tba http://www.korjaamo.fi/ May 29: TAMPERE - Telakka, Tullikamarinaukio 3, 33100 Tampere
* Screening: Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan 8pm €tba http://www.telakka.eu/ May 30: BRIGHTON - The Cowley Club, 12 London Rd, BN1 4JA 
with F.Ampism + Dickinson/Murphy/Nyoukis 7.30pm £5 http://www.cowleyclub.org.uk/ May 31: GLASGOW - The Old Hairdressers, 20-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
with Bridget Hayden www.stereocafebar.com June 1: BRISTOL - Cube Cinema, Dove Street South, BS2 8JD 8pm £6/8 http://www.cubecinema.com/programme/view/2014/3/28?daysahead=90#event_7324 June 3: Film screening, Athens TBA June 5: Performance Athens, TBA June 7: PARIS - Espace en Cours, 56, rue de la Réunion, 75020 Paris 
with Tara Jane O'Neil 7.30pm €7 http://alifibgigs.wordpress.com/

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


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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)