Five remixers re-interpret the electronic folk songs of composer Yousef Kekhia – out on Souq Records


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The “Monologue” remixes have fluttered in: scattered doses of passion, groove, pain and movement. Five remixers re-interpret the electronic folk songs of composer Yousef Kekhia. The task was a challenge, for Kekhia’s songs are deeply personal, kindled by his post-Syrian civil war experiences. Niklas Paschburg, UNDERHER, Hello Psychaleppo, Ghost of Christmas and Kekhia himself sustain Monologue’s original organic feel, while sprinkling on percussive elements, lush synths, gravelling basses or decisive plays on tempo.

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“Monologue” is Yousef Kekhia’s debut album, a lyrical exploration spun across the pavements of Turkey, Syria and Berlin. He sings of the space between displacement, remembrance, hardship and healing. In the hands of our remixers, these Arabic lyrics find new windows to look out from, at times ambient, at times bass-heavy, at times upbeat. The “Monologue” reworks turn one man’s tale into dialogue, adding new perspectives to his story in a way only music can.

Get the whole EP on Souq here.