mercoledì 25 luglio 2012

Soap kills الصابون يقتل (Reloaded)



 
Soapkills was an indie electro-pop band based in Lebanon. The group was formed in October 1997 when Zeid Hamdan and Yasmin Hamdan, both born in Beirut in 1976 but not related, decided to explore and combine their interest in classical Arabic song and electronic music.

Currently a cult group in Lebanon, Soapkills got inspiration both from classical Arabic song and music and from the new electro scene blossoming in the Middle East. French media have described them as "Trip hop à l'orientale" The band's name was initially that of a song written by Zeid Hamdan, and according to him referred to the reconstruction of Beirut after the Lebanese Civil War: "We thought that at the time, in the context of Beirut being ... you know, reborn, and all the war being wiped clean, we thought, wow, it's shiny and it's awful and it's soap kills. We thought it would be a nice name for a band." The group's sound was initially dominated by a Roland MC-303 Groovebox, which Zeid Hamdan had acquired to replace musicians after the dissolution of Lombrix, a rock band that he had founded in the mid-1990s with Yasmine Hamdan and others.

The band appears on several compilations, has recorded the albums Bater (2001, for which it was joined by Rabih Mroué and Walid Sadek playing flute and trumpet ) and Cheftak (2002), and has performed in Paris, Berlin, Syria, Algeria, Congo, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Sydney. In 2005, Soapkills released their last album to date, entitled Entah Fen. The album features new material as well as remixes of their previous songs. In 2007, the band was mentioned in Time as part of "small but artistically significant rock scene" in Beirut.

Yasmine Hamdan and Zeid Hamdan both started working on solo projects. Zeid went on to form a band called The New Government, while Yasmine, during a Madonna party in Paris, met with the producer Mirwais. Together, they formed the duo Y.A.S. The project places Arabic lyrics at the center of electronic beats, and the album Arabology was released in France in march 2009.

In 2008 there were talks about a Best Of CD, consisting of the Zeid/Yasmine's most popular tracks, but various offers from producers have been rejected. There is no certainty about Soapkills' future, whether the band will reform or if they are completely dissolved is yet to be announced, but Yasmine has stated that Soapkills had been banned from radio and TV airplay and she hopes that Y.A.S won't have the same fate in France

(Source : Wikipedia)



Soapkills originated from the new electro scene that's currently emerging in the middle-east. the lebanese band inoculates sensual and melancolic music. bread on various musical moods, such as chet baker, aphex twin and stars from the arab world - mohammad abdelwahab, asmahan - the band composes original sounds while getting strong inspiration from the classical arabic repertoire. all of which ruthlessly embedded with electronic arrangements.

Their features? yasmine hamdan's sensuous voice flirting with a minimalist electro and zeid hamdan's delicate machine tweakings.


Discography

Lost ep (1997)
Live at Circus (1999)
Bater (2001)
Cheftak (2002)
Enta Fen (2005)








Lost EP (1997)

 


01 Lost
02 Violence
03 Salopette
04 Lucid



Soap Kills – Live at Circus





01 Habibi
02 Lost
03 Friends
04 Coit Me (Instrumental)

HERE




Bater




01 Le Zaalen
02 Zizi
03 Cheat on me
04 Coit me
05 Coit me (Zaid mix)
06 Yahoo
07 Follow
08 While you are rehearsing
09 Flower juice
10 Enlarge it
11 Freres



HERE



Cheftak - شفتك





01 Aranis
02 Cheftak
03 Tango
04 Kazdoura
05 Marcoslow
06 Wadith
07 Dub4me
08 Rnbullshit


HERE



 Enta Fen





01 Aranis (Remix)  
02 Enta Fen
03 Herzan
04 Galbi
05 Manni Zelak
06 Wahch
07 Adaram
08 Leh Zaalen (Remix)
09 Ara Salmou
10 Kazdoura (Remix).

2 commenti:

  1. Beautiful, thanks! But some links doesn't works.

    RispondiElimina
  2. Thanks very much but...all links work. Which problem you found ?

    RispondiElimina

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