[RECORD OF THE WEEK] EL MAHDY JR – GHOST TAPES (Discrepant)

14 08 2015

Last March, Mehdi was invited at the University of the Arts in Helsinki to perform his new piece Ghost Tapes alongside Maja Rezoug’s Super 8 films collages. Let me be clear here: we’re not talking about digital films, treated with Super 8 filters à la Instagram style… We are talking about the real deal: Films.
Those who “Kill the nazis” remember?
Cissors, cuts, tapes, overexposure, textures and all what analog materials and equipment allows you to do. And this is very important to mention here: Sounds & Images’ collages were forming a unique experience not only around El Mahdy’ universe, but a true symbiosis between eyes, hears & contemporary soundscapes reflecting the fucked up situations & their ghosts we all can end up into or witness every, single, day.
Who is famliliar with his works & his unique #FuckedUpPlaces leitmotiv will surely understand what i mean here, for those who just took the train i suggest you to go back to his more than acclaimed first LP on Boomarm Nation.
Defining what and why makes his music so hypnotic & heavy, so grindy & transcendental, almost meditative sometimes but always surprising & changing, at the image of Dunes’s physics: unpredictable, inescapable & bloody beautiful, is a true challenge. Maybe it will sounds naïve & easy to say, but when coming to El Mahdy Jr’s music, it speaks for itself. While some producers forces themselves to “make” music everyday to get a good tune once in a while, it seems like a vital need for him to illustrate musically his visions & opinions. A kind of a therapy.
Nothing from the performance at Uniarts has been recorded (at least shared) and hopefully one day you’ll have a chance to experience it. For now, and thanks to London based label Discrepant, Ghost Tapes “soundtrack” (lets call it this way), is available today on Black Vinyl, cut & mastered by Rashad Becker @ D&M. Its maybe called Ghost Tapes, but its not a tape, AND you must not worry cause Sides have been respected. 2 Sides on a tape are still 2 Sides on a plate.
Mehdi sent me Ghost Tapes a couple of months back, so today is the release date and im gonna listen to it all the way again to write with my own words how i feel about it. Meanwhile, please listen to the promo edit below.

Ghost Tapes is a transmission. From an artist to an audience, and the whole composition is an intricate test to catch the right frequency. One to express himself trying to match the one to transmit. Field recordings have always been a major component of his works, and even if not much were present in what you heard,  he never stopped to record everything he could. By any means necessary. The result in Ghost Tapes makes so much more sense than in any of his past works, that is like you are directly plugged to his Hi-Fi, a little window to a man’s universe. Echoes dancing with textures, slowed speeches rhyming with his unique drums & the acquaintance with the Bristol based collective Young Echo makes even more sense. Not a surprise if they already worked together on the immense ‘They Come For You’ with the duo Jabu.
More will come from the artist, and one thing is sure: it will take you time to digest this record, you will always come back to it. Chasing your own ghosts because Nothing is clean, the music is organic. And organic is…Life:

“Time of the heart secret…Natural order of the World”

Release date: 14th August 2015

The haunting collages of El Mahdy Jr come to discrepant with the appropriately named Ghost Tapes LP. Ghost Tapes goes deeper into El Mahdy’s very own personal sonic space, in the artist’s words:
”Ghost Tapes is a composition of everyday fragments based on found tapes, field recordings, beats and radio frequencies. A ruff attempt of interpreting the cultural ghost that surrounds the field and makes the difference between place and space.”
El Mahdy Jr, 2015

Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker @ D&M
Pressed at Optimal
500 units, black vinyl

PURCHASE HERE





[STREAM & ORDER] Gulls – “Shades and Cycles” Cassette MIXTAPE

12 11 2013

GMXTP
Boomarm Nation‘ brother GULLS is back with this unexpected live dubbed mixtape full of unreleased, reworked, dubbed, edits of his favourites joints. This piece of music is probably your only chance to get your hands on those materials, cooked only once for fine forward sounds gourmets. Only 40 copies have been made so if you’re digging Sahel Sounds or if Music for Saharan Cellphones means anything to you, then you must jump on this very limited item. Check this tracklisting and stream those audio samples…Pure magnetism !!!

Gulls – “Shades and Cycles”
Audio samples from the 60 minutes Cassette Mixtape. Release by PDXINDUB. Cassette only, limited to 40 copies. White tapes w/ full color J Card, dubbed in realtime for maximum bump.

Cop it. http://pdxindub.com/product/pdxindub15/

Tracklist
A
The Sabri Brothers Live edit/Gulls-Deep Conga (version)/
Lenzmen meets Bombossi/ Gulls-System Pools Shock/
Balani noise/ Jah Shaka – Talking Drum Dub/
Gulls-Long Arm/ Strategy-Valentines Dub/
Gulls-Snax (Monkeytek’s VIP dub)/ Gulls-Snax Variation.

B
Hamdawa/Jah Shaka -more loops edit/El Mahdy Jr.-Gravity/
Mahmoud Guina/LV-Livin Up (Gulls Remix)/
Lahbib Boutaxi-Side 1 (Gulls edit)/Dont DJ-Drob/
Gulls-Give It Up/Gulls-Glass Sides/Gulls-Eastwood Bounce/
El Mahdy Jr-Permanent Defeat (tease)/
Positive Black Soul – live -outro.

Cop it. http://pdxindub.com/product/pdxindub15/





[DOWNLOAD] El Mahdy Jr & X_J – Peugeot 504 Dub (Free DL)

1 10 2013

The Future is Bright___

The almighty Peugeot 504 break version (or wagon in english i presume)  is an absolute classic for people from France & Algeria. I could even say that as Couscous, the famous dish from north africa, it became a symbol of Franco-Algerian culture (yes there is a Franco-Algerian culture).  So, every summer, many brothers go spend a month or two in Algeria by their families, bringing TONS of gifts from Paris to the bladi. Taking the car from Paris to Marseille, then the ferry and then depend on where you are located in Algeria, you’ll still have to drive to reach your villages.
People from Algiers are kinda lucky to not keep on driving…but at same time won’t enjoy Aurès or amazing landscapes from countryside. A must visit for anyone, the algerian parts of the Sahara is amazing.

The french rap band 113 made a song about this classic summer return in a song called “Tontons du bled” (Homeland’s Uncles) check out the video HERE.  We all have friends who returns Algeria or Senegal every summer. Some hate it, they prefer to stay all sumer with their friends in the projects, but more you grow up, more you go and less you want to come back to Paris suburbs.

Anyway, that was a lil note for you guys before you ask or wonder why this song is named like this, as illustrated…

So here’s a track we did with Mahdy, with some rips from a very dusty tape i found in a car my bro gave me_African Cassette of someone i wont tell you who, maybe later who knows___Anyway, if you are interested you can click HERE





[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

DON’T SLEEP !!!!!





[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
PRE-ORDER HERE

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
PRE-ORDER HERE

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
PRE-ORDER HERE

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?
1_coffee
2_cigarettes
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
PEACE

THE SPIRIT OF FUCKED PLACES is out on June 25th via Boomarm Nation
PRE-ORDER HERE








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