Boomkat Product Review:
We like Bo' Weavil very much here at Boomkat, there's something incredibly loving about their releases, something homespun and anti-corporation in the way they choose, package and release the gems on their catalogue. The latest release continues this tradition; an album of work from Zadik Zecharia, a Kurdish Jew who moved to Israel in 1950. He is a master of the Zorna, a trumpet-like instrument that has become synonymous with Kurdish music, and plays traditional Kurdish music for dancing and partying. The music is recorded live and has all the intensity you would expect from sitting around in Jerusalem watching people dance wildly. The Arabic and Indian influence of the tunes played is inherent throughout with drones playing a major role in the compositions, drawing you in as you listen. In the liner notes Zecharia explains the different styles of music as 'Chopie' which are the faster tunes, meant for dancing and 'Shechni' which are the slower tunes, for later on in the evening as the revellers sit around a table. It makes a lot of sense when it's put like that, but I think because I don't happen to know any of the dance steps I might stick to the 'sitting down' for all of the music here. Interestingly the Bo' Weavil folks have included two remixes on this disc, and although that might sound like a bad idea they're really very good indeed. Looping and distorting elements of tracks, Gal Tushia creates an overdriven mutated mess of sound from 'Groom and Bride Entrance', and finishing off the disc is David Ovadia's cavernous, reverberating drone take on 'Saidek', bringing to mind the crucial work of Thomas Koner or the more ambient moments of Muslimgauze. A diverse and hugely rewarding disc, this is another big hit for one of the UKs most uncompromisingly lovely imprints. Highly recommended.
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