Boomkat Product Review:
Abdullah Miniawy and HVAD release the album “Notice a Tiny Scratch for the Blue Behind” on ULLLU as the first release on the newly founded label by HVAD.
"The album expands on the collaboration first heard on the track “The Dirty Canes Lake” released via Cairo based label IRSH and also featured on the full-length album. It was created in HVAD’s studio in Copenhagen during Miniways stay there in 2020.
Sharing a vision in seeking towards something ancient, Miniawy’s texts and vocal compositions are supported by HVAD’s instrumental compositions and production on “Notice a Tiny Scratch for the Blue Behind”, providing a sense of liberation from present time that the body doesn’t otherwise have access to. Yet the songs never enter a state of nostalgia but remain rooted in transmission of new practices by the two collaborating artists.
Parts of the music have been made by recording improvisations on classical Indian instruments and cutting these into lacquer discs, allowing for the material to be worked with as locked grooves and making for a signature compositional method aligning with HVAD’s work as a vinyl master cutting engineer.
Lyrics and vocal composition by Abdullah Miniawy. Instrumental composition and production by HVAD. Electronics, Tabla, Violin, Metal, Locked Grooves by HVAD. Trumpet composition on title track by Abdullah Miniawy. Mix, mastering and lacquer cutting by HVAD."