SULEIMAN RECORDS is a Montreal based boutique digital label founded by DJ/producer, Darem Aissa. The name of the imprint pays homage to Suleiman Al-Aissa, one of Syria’s most prominent contemporary poets.
The intent of SULEIMAN RECORDS and its vinyl-only sub-label AISSA RECORDS is to promote and produce positive, quality electronic music, involving a diverse array of talented artists, worldwide.
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R2D2 · Dirty Doering
℗ 2021 MoNSTER
Released on: 2021-03-26
Associated Performer: Dirty Doering
Composer: Velten Doering
Composer: Marcel Sterling
Music Publisher: Copyright Control
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Fusiphorm – Am I?
“You Am I EP”
Foundsound – found06
Marek Hemmann – Mini 24
Marek Hemmann // EP 2 // Raum…musik // musik 052 // Jan 2006
Robag Wruhme – Wortkabular
Beat available like bananas!!!
Musik Krause #6
From their genesis as members of the Venus club in-house band in the early 70s, Hailu Mergia and the Walias Band were at the forefront of the musical revolution during an era where modern instruments and foreign styles superseded the traditional fare to become the staple sound of Ethiopia. No one would argue that the Walias were the trailblazing powerhouse of modern Ethiopian music.
They were the first band to form independently without affiliation to a theatre house, a club or a hotel; unprecedented and risky as they had to raise all funding for expenses by themselves including buying equipment. They were the first to release full instrumental albums, considered to be commercially unviable at the time. They opened their own recording studio, with band members Melake Gebre and Mahmoud Aman doubling as technical buffs during sessions. They were also the first independent band to tour abroad. In short, they were the pioneers every band tried to emulate; some more successfully than others.
Odds are, any Ethiopian over the age of 35 who had access to TV or radio by the early 90s, will instantly recognize the sound of Walias. What is not a given is, how many would actually identify the band itself. Barely a day went by without hearing the Walias either in the background on radio or as an accompaniment to various programs on TV.
This Tezeta album, the band’s second recording, released in 1975, is one of those that have been impossible to find for nearly three decades. Sourced by Awesome Tapes From Africa and expertly remastered by Jessica Thompson, its unique and funky renditions of standards and popular songs of the day are so quintessentially Walias, flavorful and evocative. Hailu’s melodic organ, unashamedly front and center in every track, makes even the complex pieces accessible.
Profoundly engaging; it’s an immersive trip down memory lane for those of us getting reacquainted with it, while also an enthralling and gratifying experience for fresh ears.
Sun was shining bright over the Mediterranean, as the partipants of the Dream of Utopia Festival (Secret Location, Turkish Coast) boarded one magnificent pirate ship for a day full of adventures at the sea…
Eventually, our virtuosos, Daniel Jaeger (Criminal Bassline, Get Physical, Katermukke) and Electronic Elephant (Station Endlos, Bordel des Arts, Bar 25 Music) got their hands on the decks too… And so a very special, spontaneous B2B session came to life for the Pirates of Utopia! This is a 2-hour cut from their longer set. Ahoyyy! Enjoy 😉
Dream of Utopia 2021 will take place between September 29 – October 3rd, at the same (secret) location… Save the date, so that maybe we can also see you there…
Daniel Jaeger | soundcloud.com/danieljaegermusic
Electronic Elephant | soundcloud.com/electronicelephant
Sound of Utopia | instagram.com/sound_of_utopia/
More recordings from Dream of Utopia:
After rain comes sun. Or does it?
The pouring has stopped, but the world remains wet. Only different shades of grey and white linger around where you’d wish for a blue sky and rays of warming sunlight. Stiff breezes complete the picture and so you turn away from the window and just close your eyes.
After exercising your imagination muscles for the past months, nothing easier than to fancy yourself relaxing in that comfy hammock on that beautiful beach. No plastic bags or bottles in sight. The only dolphins are the ones having fun off the coast. The heat is moderate and from a tiny shack just a stone’s throw away from your meditative shady place some soothing summer sounds complete the picture.
But wait, this can’t be the local island radio, you know their sound and it would come close to a revolution if they’d play something different than these same old steel-drum-elevator-jams. Well, darn it! This means you have to leave your coziness and go look who’s pumpin’ these grooves out into the bay. As you come closer you realise, there’s a little daytime dance going on and it’s actually enelRAM on the decks.
Her selection gets you moving immediately and there’s only one thought behind your dusky eyes:
“Why can’t this be real?”
No worries. It can be.
We just have to collaborate.
Tomorrow is possible.
(@dyscotheque | @nice4what)
Photo credits: @deinBollek