Yasmine Hamdan - Jamilat Reprise (Crammed Discs)
Add Date: 06/12
Focus Tracks: 6, 5, & 4
Formats: Electronic & World
Artist Info: Jamilat Reprise, an album of reconstructions and remixes, reveals lovely, secret perspectives hidden in Yasmine Hamdan's impressive, successful second album Al Jamilat. The songs on Reprise come courtesy of 9 distinguished artists & producers, including mighty Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab, Chilean maverick Matias Aguayo, elegant German ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, Berlin techno artist Shed, Crammed’s own Greg Bauchau, Cubenx from Mexico, Olga Kouklaki from Greece, and mysterious, recluse middle-eastern producer George Bshoum. Yasmine Hamdan herself has contributed a great remix of “La Chay”.
Al Jamilat came out in 2017 and was acclaimed by the international media.
Ever since the release of her debut solo album Ya Nass (2013), Yasmine Hamdan’s personal, modern take on Arabic pop has been getting tremendous attention in Europe and America, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East (where she’s enjoyed iconic stature since the days of Soapkills, the duo she had founded in Beirut, which was one of the first indie/electronic bands in the Middle East).
While Yasmine’s vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music.
Her unique vision was fully realised in her album Al Jamilat (“The Beautiful Ones”), which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barät), and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn, Marc Ribot) and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley.