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AV Mix Series - Sadat

AV Mix Series - Sadat

#14 in our mix series is brought to you by none other than Sadat! He's 1/4 of the celebrated Afrodesia crew and an absolute joy to be around. Straight up infectious vibes on this mix from start to finish, so give it a listen if smiling is something you enjoy doing! Read on for the interview + tracklist. 

  

 

  1. Firstly, this mix is truly and unapologetically representative of who you are! How are you feeling these days and how'd you go about approaching this mix?

"Thank you so much for having me and thank you for your kind words.

Well to be honest, I was trying to share music that I love dearly. As you may know, I have a fond interest in music from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. As to my approach, I always to try discover hidden gems when I’m looking for tracks for my set. It may come as a surprise to some that every now and then, an album art just gets to me and I end up judging a book (a record in this case) by its cover." - Sadat

  1. A couple of head turners in the track list here, from that prodigy cover to the Odyssey version of Back to My Roots (the best version IMO!) and THAT KRIBO COVER. What drew you to these tunes when you were making your selections?

"Haha yeah that was totally the idea of what I was trying to do! ‘Turn heads' hahahaha. Here is a funny story of how I got introduced to breathe by Hoodna Orchestra. My brother Sameh aka Houg who was in melbourne back in 2019 went to Northside Records so I told him to find me some Ethiopian records. So my brother went to Chris and he recommended Hoodna Orchestra l, a band from Tel Aviv playing Ethiopian music that so happened to cover Breathe from the Prodigy! That just ticked all of the boxes for me man. And I told my brother to grab It!

And yes, Going Back to my Roots Odyssey version is my favorite too. It hits the spot once you hear the first bass line come in. I'm like “yooooooo this is mad!!!!” And knowing Hugh Masekela had part of producing it got me all gooey inside man. Haha. Shout out to Rashid (Rushmo4reel) who shared with me his Live Sound Engineering stories with Hugh Masekela. 🙏 RIP Hugh.

And now Kribo! I am a massive fanboy of Kribo Records. They are amazing! Shout out to Haqim and Carmel! Thank you everything! Love what is coming out of Kribo Records man. And the beauty is that its coming out of our own backyard and that's totally mental man! ❤️😊" - Sadat

  1. You run the Afrodesia nights with two very dear friends of the vault, Jasmyn and Rushmo and have very quickly become a go-to event for punters here. How do you feel about how it's been going so far (minus the lockdown) and how's everyone doing, any plans on the horizon?

"Ahhhh Afrodisia! Jasmyn and Rashid are family to me! And we do have a new addition to the Afrodisia family Al:x! I am so happy to be part of this collective. The time we spent together is lovely and amazing. I am glad that they are all healthy and safe and I miss them so very much. I really hope to come out of this lockdown stronger with more time spent with them and, of course, on the decks. I miss our pepo!!! I miss parties at the projector sooo soo much! Can't wait to come back stronger! And hope to dance with you all on the dancefloor real soon! ❤️" - Sadat

  1. Where can people check you guys out online?

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/afrodisia.sg/ 
https://www.instagram.com/djsadatwah/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/afrodisia.sg/ 

Mixcloud:
@Sadat_Wah



Tracklist:
Ahmed Ben Ali – Subhana
The Rah Band –  Sam the Samba Man
El Khat – Ya Raiyat
Ya Banat Al Yaman – S H I R A N
Umm Kulthum  – Habibi (Jarreau Vandal Remix)
Omar Souleyman feat. Four Tet – Bahdeni Nami
Nordine Staifi  – Aye Leli Lelou
Elektro Hafiz  – John Dere
Guy One – Everything You Do, You Do for Yourself
Hoodna Orchestra – Breathe (Prodigy Cover)
Odyssey – Going Back to My Roots
Hugh Masekela & Letta Mbulu  – Mahlalela
Dele Sosimi –  E Go Betta
Patricia Majalisa – Dumelang
Issa Bagayogo – Kalan Nege
Doc Shebeleza – Yashaya
Brenda Fassie – Jiva
Zahira Khaleel – Al Bashar (Kribo Records)

About Sadat:
Born in Singapore with an Egyptian Father & Yemeni Mother, Sadat is a video editor by day and experimental self taught DJ by night. Influenced and inspired by his ethnic roots, he dedicated his time discovering Arabic & African music. In a nutshell, this accumulation is simply an exceptionally close to home curation of tunes we like and not the slightest bit ponders what has been well known in a general sense. Seeing DJing as a mix of all genre’s and new aesthetics without conformity. His sets traverse the globe and delve in futurism on many levels. His sets has expanded his listening audience and placed him outside of any playlist or genre-defined role.

AV Mix Series - MZA

AV Mix Series - MZA
AV013 is one for the hip hop & jazz heads! TAV Alumni Matt Sekiya [@magneticmza] delivers a lovely jazz-focused mix for our series. A great blend from the man who used to work right here at the vault, Matt takes us through some delicious rare groove, soul jazz and hip hop for a steady hour. Featuring some of the gems here at the vault as well, namely artists like Sounds of Liberation, Boillat Therace Quintet, Jungle Brown and Speak No Evil off that newly-landed @time-capsule_space release, Island Sounds From Japan. Press play to catch the vibe!

Listen:

Tracklist:
Jonathan Jurion - Sweet Earth Flying
Marius Cultier - Mister Joy
Speak No Evil - Speak No Evil
Tadao Sawai - Hokkai-Bonuta
Sounds of Liberation Billie One
Roy Ayers - Hey Lover
Boillat Therace Quintet - Cenovis
Tribe Libra - Ahora
Gang Starr - Jazz Thing (Video Mix)
AIM - The Force
Jungle Brown - Keep It Movin
Fela Soul - Still Egotrippin’
Apani B-Fly - Estrangen
Jazz Liberatorz - Genius At Work
Black Star - Astronomy (8th Light)
Mad Skillz - The Nod Factor
Big L - Put It On
Miilkbone - Keep It Real
Jazz Liberatorz - Ease My Mind (Outro)




About MZA:
Matt is a DJ and Beatmaker based in Singapore. Grounded in Hip hop, R&B, Funk, Soul, Disco & House, he's made some lasting contributions to record shops like ours over the years. He now runs Japanese Jazz blog ZŪJAGO as well as electronic music imprint Yen Disco Soundsystem.

AV Mix Series - Tim Sharp

AV Mix Series - Tim Sharp

Couldn't ask for a better person to revive our mix series! Radio presenter [@intotheblue-bfm] and label head [@botanicrecords] Tim Sharp delivers a lovely hour through his personal stash for AV012 - an all analog affair, an ode to digging and discovery. Lock in & press play! Recommended timing: right before the sun goes down.

Listen:



Tracklist:
Pupa – Untitled [@ujikaji]
Andrew Wasylyk - Flight Of The Cormorant [Athens of the North @djfryer]
???? - ???? [ATC-412, Art-Tune Company Hong Kong]
姚蘇蓉 - 臉兒紅, 心兒笑 [Wan Chai Records]
Quiet Village – Circus of Horror [@k7-records]
Alleycats - Mangsa Renungan
Mu Ümit Aksu Orkestrası - Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni [@zelzelerecords]
Yuan Mou Gen Ren Zou (阮某跟人走) - 你唔貪猪哥 (w/The Stylers)
Ahmad Nawab/Dhalan Zainuddin – Lagu Disco Ku [Gila Records]
Waipod Phetsuphan - Ding Ding Dong [@paradise-bangkok]
BURHAN TONGUÇ RITM GRUBU ve ISMET SIRAL - Du-Bi-Ba [@black-pearl-records]
Andre Tanker Five – Swahili [@cree-records]
Happy Boys – Dji Den [Fajalobie]
Armanda Cusopoli – Non C'È Sole [NG Records]
Mumbo Jumbo – Wind it Up [@efficientspace]
Holy Balm – Fashion [@chaptermusic]
Bullion – Say Arr Ee [@r-srecords]
Drone – Nothing Dominant [Strange Love]
Old Mate – I Think of You [@major-crimes-records]
GASHH – Apocalypse [@botanicrecords]
Kinn Leon – Visionary [@kitchen-label]




About the mix:
"Recorded on a recent public holiday here in Singapore with a pair of Technics SL-1200s and a portable Sony tapedeck, run through a Pioneer DJM-750. Being for TAV I wanted this to be an all-analogue affair and in the end that suited the day perfectly; a rare afternoon without phone, internet or notifications.

As so often happens, this was actually supposed to be a practice take but I enjoyed it so much that here we are. There are always more records to get to but ultimately I felt the selection captured the spirit of what I was trying to do, which is to pay tribute to visiting and spending time around some of the region’s finest record stores and labels; somehow recreating the sense of discovery and delight that comes with making the pilgrimage to legendary places like ZudRangMa Records in Bangkok, unlikely spots like the flea markets of KL’s Amcorp Mall, the fabled Red Point Record Warehouse here in Singapore and - of course - the amazingly-curated Analog Vault. I think it also goes without saying that hanging out at any of these places (and countless more examples) is a privilege made all too apparent given the year we’ve had.

Ultimately, I wanted the mix to feel like browsing a crate or surfing a radio dial between these places; less concerned with technicalities of a club-style DJ set than an open-minded desire to discover something new (or old, really) and to see where a frequency - or crate - leads. Bursts of static; a needle that gives up halfway; worn-out grooves paired with pristine audiophile-quality pressings; decades-old cassette tapes barely holding on and some very dusty fingers - a look into the corners of my own analogue vault, so to speak." - Tim Sharp

About Tim: Tim is a New Zealand-born, Singapore-based radio presenter and label head with a decade on-air at leading independent stations from Sydney to KL – most recently as host of cult new music show Into the Blue on BFM 89.9 Malaysia. In 2016 he co-founded Botanic Records: dedicated to forward-thinking new music from Southeast Asia and beyond.