[WATCH] El-Mahdy Jr. – Gravity (Official Video)

25 06 2013

Here you go Fam’ !!! Don’t forget to Read the interview of El-Mahdy Jr HERE // Buy The Spirit Of Fucked Places EP HERE

Support by Gantz, Joe Nice, Youngsta & yours truly____Nuff Said


[INTERVIEW] El Mahdy Jr. – The Spirit of Fucked Up Places [BOOMARM006]

3 06 2013

THE SPIRIT OF FUCKED PLACES is out on June 25th via Boomarm Nation

I don’t know where you are located at the very moment you are reading those words, but in Europe the weather has been completely loco the last 3 months: Spring never showed up, rain is falling like never before and most of farmers are about to have the worst year ever…and that is just about the weather. Everyone around me feel tired, bones full of water & so i’ve been looking for some partial rainbows around to warm me up, and think about anything else but Music.

Three months ago, you might have heard the compilation i put out called Still Life,
i had the chance to host one tune by El Mahdy Jr. I can say that i was very happy he accepted, as he was into my Top 5 producer to start for this compilation.
He sent me an absolute killer song (as usual) and i had the opportunity to hear it in Istanbul couple of weeks later…

Here’s the tune, still free for you to download, enjoy_

I met him in Istanbul last december during the Rough Visions night, organised by Gantz & Stiver.
I can’t really describe you how much i’ve been blast off by this night and specially Mahdy set. Of course i wanted to see Gantz…by the time he’ll show up in Paris i’ll be old i guess (read that dear hypster promoters).
It was so rough sounds and all i love into dub was melting so perfectly with his universe…full of arabic sounds from Raï to Egyptian drums or Anatolia lost singers…Its one thing to develop this kind of music, but its another thing to bring music with that much Heart inside. Well, the good thing is that EVERYONE on this planet will be able to experience what i experienced with his forthcoming debut LP on Boomarm Nation, this late June. This post is already a reason for you to listen to him more, or for the very first time.

THE SPIRIT OF FUCKED PLACES is out on June 25th via Boomarm Nation

His debut release will be out June 25th digital & limited vinyl (be quick) via Boomarm Nation.
And believe me, this is nothing like u heard before, put trends & hype on the other side of the table cause this is a 200% true believers music, and even if im listening to it since 2 weeks, i can’t just forget about it, and there’s not a single day i didnt listen to it entirely….on a repeat mode.
Feel free to listen to the clips below, and if you feel it don’t hesitate and order this piece of music, cause they will be no repress of this debut release…Trust me, it’s GOLD

THE SPIRIT OF FUCKED PLACES is out on June 25th via Boomarm Nation

I asked him to do a lil interview some time ago, and also invited him to remix a song i really cherish by Cheikha Rimitti, who is consider by most of people as the one and only Queen of Raï music in Algeria.  Read the interview below and listen or download for free this remix.We both agreed to give this piece to everyone_
We hope you’ll enjoy it, and maybe start to listen to her magnificent music, or at least fall into Algerian music,
which is to me one of the most intense i experienced.

1) Hi there, thank you for taking some time for this interview.
How are you today? Where are you writing from?
i am good thanks … i am in istanbul right now working hard but everythig is kool. . .
2) Can you enlighten the newbie reading this, by introducing yourself in few words?
Well i am mahdi aka el mahdy jr i sample the 3rd world attitude study sociology and do some translation to survive … i am from algeria born and raised in sidi bel abbes known as the city where RAI music was born. and than moved to turkey where i am still living right now
3) Besides all the artistic paths anyone can choose, why did you choose music? or why music choose you? When & how this happen?
Even when i was a child i was always attracted by the effect of culture on music my father had a nice archive of records that he bought from UK in the 60s 70s from bob marley to pink floyd, top of the pops compilations, james brown, the doors… so it was pretty cool to discover all this in a very young age and cant forget all that rai cassettes moving from hand to hand around and played loudly every where in the city but always ignored and classified as evil music so when my family moved to turkey i have noticed the same classification for arabesque music which is musicaly very rich but represent the “evil” side of the society ignored and no one wants to hear what is realy about. so even the people that call themselves “open minded” are blinded by this prejudgement and that was my point you cant ignore some thing that exist. and you should try to listen to those different stories. and i started sampling…
4) What part the music take in your everyday life, and what is your music purpose? Like, do you recognise music any particular purpose or is it just for the fun of it?
Music is like coffe and cigarettes for me … you can stay alive without but whats the point in living a life like that.. story telling can be a prupose its like you walk in a street of a city that you never have been and without any strangeness… listening to radio in a hotel room maybe or sweat in a collective taxi …
5) Your universe is exploring a large range of different sounds and styles..How do you start a tune? Is there any first step you follow everytime or is it everytime different? Where do u take your influences from?
it always starts the same i hear a song some where and i am stolen till i find what was it and than start to play with it chop it cut it add some remove some and than you have something with the same spirit but in a different form… my sources are arabesque muic, rai drums, radio stations, old cassettes, sahel music, malian guitar, dub, old school rap …
6) Your first material will drop on a US based label called Boomarm Nation, can you tell us a bit more about this connection with Portland scene, and how its related to your works in Turkey.
there is a strong family spirit going on you can feel it even if i am in the other side of the world those guys are realy like brother for me. i am a big fan of christopher (sahel sound) and from there i discovered  boomarm nation. and i met Gulls a great guy who runs the label and E3 a very nice akh (brother) and i love the music they do all that sub saharian remixes, dub sounds, … they care about music and thats very important
7) Can you describe us a bit about the underground scene in Istanbul? I met you there and it looks like a very very growing fast scene with a unique atmosphere. What is it that make it so special? Any recommendations for readers who never heard about it?
well i am not realy a part of this scene, till the last three months i was living in Konya the  middle of Anatolia no hype shit real culture and was surrounded with real people who have real problems nothing fake…big up every single one of them! the big boss Gantz organized Rough Visions and asked me to play and you cant say no to a boss ; ) but yeah there is a big energy lot of talented people doing very interesting moves and they are all somehow connected to each other i guess thats what makes it special …
8) Can you tell us about the artists you’ve been discovering recently, any musician you heard that blow your mind?
well i am not opsessed with trends and newness i prefer to dig the roots. amazones de guinee are sick , islam shipsey realy blowed my mind you should give look.. and i cant take myself from listening SCIENTIST…
9) About the Still Life compilation, 2 questions:
Can you tell us more about your track “Limited Material” 
limited material is sampled from an anatolian anthem a version of a song called zahidem recorded in a wedding. so tryed to build an atmosphere on it… its all about elektro bağlama! hope you enjoy it
What do you think about the whole compilation, did you discover any particular people inside?
well the compilation is realy eclectic very rich sounds in it. but my fav is Yuki Sato he is my man. lovely style a king without a crown big respect.
10) So what’s next for El-Mahdy Jr? Any collabs, forthcoming materials or new projects for 2013? 
sure there will be things coming… i can tell you to expect some collab with gantz.. with el rass / al hamorabi …. and an album will be out from boomarm nation which makes me very excited. there is some tunes that i made in very wierd places / situations… i am realy happy big up every one who supported me …
11) And last one will be a open one for you. The “traditional” 3 wishes !!
If you had 3 wished that would happen right here right now, what will they be?
3_sunraspaceship (for transportation issues)…
Here’s El Mahdy Jr. & X_J remix of Cheikha Rimitti’s Nakhla, from Nouar LP (2000)
Enjoy, Share & Play Loud

THE SPIRIT OF FUCKED PLACES is out on June 25th via Boomarm Nation

[BUY & DOWNLOAD] Gantz – Karma lies EP

1 06 2013

Absolutely dope & unexpected 3 tracks from Gantz, including collab with Stiver.
As always, they delivered dope works, Gantz show a different side with fuckin mental Karma lies track,
guttered & dark, with great vocals like falling into boiling wax…Dope experimental
2nd tune will more than satisfy Gantz addicts, me first. …i tell you:

Istanbul finest

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