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AV Mix Series - A'alely

AV Mix Series -  A'alely

A'alely's sound seems to be getting more and more refined with each outing - and with appearances mostly being rare / nonexistent for many selectors on our island these days, we thought it would be a good idea to invite him on this series. 

His appetite for traditional rhythms contextualized in non-tradition sets him on a path not taken by many selectors here, inevitably resulting in intriguing mixes and unpredictable sets. Press play for a deep dig into the abyss via heavy percussions, dub, exotique sounds and hypnotic rhythms. Scroll down for the interview & tracklist.

 

 

Hey Fiz, great to have you on the series. How’ve you been in the last couple months?

Hey mate, thanks for having me. Never been better, alhamdullilah. World’s far out crazier than it ever was — what a time to be alive!!!

For the uninitiated, let’s get a quick intro about yourself and how you got started as a selector and eventually a core member of Darker Than Wax.

I was always inclined to music sub-cultures as a teenager and that led me to experimenting with several bands. I didn’t realise then that the skill set I had was limiting my ability to produce.

I started working at a club, and that’s where I was exposed to ‘the DJ’. I learned that the layering of tracks is in itself a craft, and all that required was a little soul and taste. It didn’t seem as daunting as trying to be sax god Sam Rivers, or trying to be a pro at Ableton. That sparked my curiosity, while being at the club so often was fuelling my love for dance music.

That was the catalyst: I found my jazz cabbage, dance music. Dropped the band, started playlisting for my mates and found a hobby I can’t get enough off.

We absolutely love your Maksiat! Mix on Radio Huru Hara. You’ve been deep into the tribal end of dance music for a while now, what draws you to these sounds?

Thanks, that was a really fun one! I used to play the drums so it was only natural that traditional percussions would appeal to me. I love it when producers add ghost notes and distorted synths or guitars, and when they incorporate traditional rhythms like Konpa, Kadans, Kaada, Gnawa or Kadodi. My other kink is traditional instruments used in post-modern contexts, such as a distorted Biwa, Buzuq or even throat singing. I often pay homage to these sounds in my mixes.

How did you decide to approach this mix, and was there a particular environment or context you had in mind while recording?

Dance music is so subjective, I realise what makes me dance might not do the same for others. Then a good friend shared DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Mess with me a few years ago, and It absolutely blew my mind. There were no boundaries in her mixes, you had The Modern Lovers and Muslimgauze side by side, and that really appealed to me.

That led to a ‘madeleine de Proust’ moment so to speak, since I realised that “slam dancing” at a moshpit as a teen was my form of club sound. That’s where I started to dig deeper into my roots of electro-acoustic distorted guitar riffing, post-punk electronic synths, heavy traditional percussions and dub. I wanted to mash this abomination together into a mix that moves me, and hopefully others too.

What would your most ideal place to play look like?

slumber party.

Are there any projects you’re working on at the moment you’d like to plug / What’s next for Aalely?

Check out my mates Shereen and Yadin’s Radio Huru Hara https://radiohuruhara.com for deep selects, they’ve got another mix coming up soon for Maksiat!

Good thoughts only, Ramadan special extravaganza <3

Tracklist:
1. Kuniyuki Takahashi – Asia – Early Tape Works 1986-1993 Vol. 2 (Music From
Memory)
2. Mong Tong 夢東 - Excerpts from B4 - 夜譚 Yiè Tán - 台灣謎景 Music from Taiwan
Mystery (WV Sorcerer Productions 巫唱片)
3. Mong Tong 夢東 - A2 - 地府 Dì Fǔ - 台灣謎景 Music from Taiwan Mystery (WV
Sorcerer Productions 巫唱片)
4. Arrington de Dionyso and Rully Shabara – Elo Progo Improvisations 3 – Elo Progo
Improvisations (Arrington de Dionyso)
5. German Army – Zoulou Danse – Animals Remember Human (Artetetra)
6. Wahono – Alkisah II (Dalam Dua Bagian) – Senyawa / Alkisah Dikisahkan (YESNO 099)
7. DIVISI62 – KOMPOS 2 – Komposisi Kompos (DIVISI62)
8. DJ Khalab ft. Moses Boyd – Dawn – Black Noise 2084 (Khalab)
9. Lucrecia Dalt – Esotro – Esotro/Veta 10” (Other People)
10. Saba Alizadeh – Dream – Scattered Memories (Karlrecords)
11. mouse on the keys – Dark Lights – Out of Body (mouse on the keys)
12. Champagne Dub – Schmooze Fest. Pt. 2 – Drops
13. Meitei – Seto – Komachi (Métron Records)
14. Unity (DJ Sotofett’s Unity Dub) – Etienne Jaumet – Etienne Jaumet in Dub –
[VER126] (Versatile Records)
15. Sordid Sound System – Dub Cha Cha – In A Year Of 13 Moons EP (Self Release)
16. Edits by Alexis Le-Tan – Butter Flies – Wonders Ovze World (Idle Press)
17. L.F.T. – Trapped In The Piramids – OEOO3 : L.F.T. – Blood in the Grass (Osàre! Editions)
18. A4 – Bermuda – Aigue Morte – Aigue Morte EP (Le Syndicat Des Scorpions)

Selects' Series - RAH

Selects' Series - RAH

In this edition of Selects', we asked one of our favourite selectors in Singapore and good friend Farah (known on the decks as RAH) to pick out a few titles from our online catalog that she recommends checking out. 

Farah's selects are incredibly fresh! The music listed here are mostly new entries at the vault, and they truly reflect her identity as a person and the fine selector she is. Often expressing herself through a diverse collection of Jazz, Hiphop, Afrobeat, Dub and more, Farah's picks will always move you, but not without saying something special at the same time.

As a core member of label Darker Than Wax and collective Revision Music, she radiates a positive and infectious message in her work and her DJ sets, moving feet, raising vibes and connecting souls. Check out July's edition of her resident show on Milan-based Radio Raheem here:
 
We certainly do miss live events and the energy Farah exudes from behind the decks. But while we're all socially distanced, have a listen to these incredible albums for a taste of what the vibe is like when RAH's in charge:  

Keleketla! ‎– Keleketla!

"Am a huge fan of Cold Cuts! And this project elevated their ability as visionaries, while encapsulating the multi faceted and progressive sounds of legendary collaborators. Boasts a wide range of sounds from Jazz to Hiphop, dub to Afrobeat. Enjoyable from start to finish." - Farah



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Various ‎– Various Channels Vol.1 : NYC

"This is a first compilation from DTW core member Marco Weibel, who brought together a few musicians and artists  in New York. This is a special one, because there was a bit of hesitation in putting it out - due to the social / political climate of things."

"It’s was in the midst of the #BLM movement, and we thought it wasn’t the right time. We decided to go ahead with it anyway, and donated a percentage of the profits to NAACP Legal Defence fund to help protesters and urged our followers to do the same. We have been receiving resounding support for the release and are very thankful it all worked out and that we were able to help with our music." - Farah

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Arsivplak ‎– Turkish Moog Edits

"Love love love Arsivplak and there’s just something about the moog organ in Turkish music that makes it so groovy and alluring." - Farah



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RMP / Wahono ‎– Dehumanisasi / Dealienisasi | Cassette Tape

"What would begin as a casual conversation with Wahono would often take a turn and deep dive into Indonesian culture and politics. The man behind cult label Divisi62 is always challenging the perception and idea of Indonesian music. And you hear the introspective dialogue in the productions, as an attempt to reassess expectations of values and traditions. He makes like, thinking music. You listen and it makes you think and ponder. Just like the conversations with him." - Farah

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids ‎– We Be All Africans / Shaman!

"I caught Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids in Amsterdam three years ago and it was one of the most mind bending / expanding experiences. This is a good album but I’m also looking forward to getting their newest release on Strut, “Shaman!”. Bong said that he will be getting it and I trust him." - Farah




Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - Shaman! is not in stock... yet! It will arrive in store later this month along with a bunch of new sounds we can't wait to share with you. Till then, hang tight! If you'd like to reserve a copy of "Shaman!", slide into our DMs via Facebook or Instagram

We hope you're as inspired by these great picks here as we are. Follow RAH on Mixcloud and Instagram if you catch the vibe and consider signing up to our newsletter to stay clued in on our new arrivals. (scroll down for the signup form!)

Thanks for reading. Take care, stay safe & keep the music going!