Boomkat Product Review:
Rabih Beaini presents a fund-raising compilation for the ongoing Lebanese relief efforts following the tragic dockland explosion on August 4th; rounding up superb, unreleased work by Rashad Becker, The Bug, Donato Dozzy, Monolake and many others, with all proceeds going directly to NGOs on the ground, like Food Heritage Foundation, Matbakh Albalad, and the Lebanese Red Cross
The Morphone Records boss and producer has done an excellent job rounding together artists who share his anger and disappointment, spanning a mix of native artists and those with ties to the region, plus international artists expressing solidarity. Rashad Becker’s ‘matraquage’ sounds like a curdled echo of good times jazz, and The Bug unloads a crunching dancehall noise number ‘Destroy Me’. Monolake serves the driving, grimacing techno of ‘Beirut’, and Rabih Beaini distills his feelings into the dense and glowering ‘Ghadab’, along with with quizzical strings of ‘Qalouli (They Told Me)’ by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart), and the sore avant-classical keys of John Kameel Farah & Thomas Brinkmann’s ‘Sans Titre’ to make up many strong reasons you should be supporting this cause. And trust that proceeds will go to the right people.
“A 12 tracks compilation that screams justice, equality, dignity, compiled in a confused and angry state of mind but made with love and loads of energy. The entire proceeds of this compilation will be channeled to real ground work in Beirut, that will provide food, medicine, structural supplies like doors and windows, and repairing shelters that has been seriously damaged by the explosion.
Please consider donating to the above-mentioned organizations.”