Sublime Frequencies Communiqué

Sublime Frequencies Communiqué


17 April 2014





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:

Both 1st time on LP 

Available RSD: 19th April, 2014

No Pre-orders 

Available on Record Store Day

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)