Cosmo Jam01 with Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda

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Artists: Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda
Featuring: M’hamed El Menjra | Sanhaji | Abdessamad Boussahfa
Title: Cosmo Jam01
Format: 2 x Vinyl
Cat: Cosmo011
Release Date: December 2016

Tracklist:

A1. Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda feat. M’hamed el Menjra – Be
A2. Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda – Dodo
B1. Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda feat. Sanhaji – Kaled
C1. Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda feat. Abdessamad Boussahfa – Mon
D1. Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda feat. Sanhaji – Petit
D2. Masomenos & Vadim Svoboda – Feat. Abdessamad Boussahfa – Frere

 

About the release:

Last year saw Casablanca-based Cosmo Records launch its most ambitious project to date,
celebrating five years of cross-cultural collaboration. The three vinyl releases featured
producers such as San Proper, Radiq, Pier Bucci and Dandy Jack working with Moroccan
musicians to create a true fusion between modern electronics and ancient traditions.
The purpose of Cosmo has always been to find a natural meeting place between these
distinct musical forms, bringing out the best strengths of each practice through real
time spent together in the studio, where each artist can truly understand the other
in a shared quest for sonic harmony. As such, this latest release marks a step forward
in exploring this idea through a new series entitled Cosmo Jam.

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As the title suggests, the focus here is on live improvisation. In late 2014 Parisian
producers Masomenos and Vadim Svoboda travelled to Morocco and set up their
equipment at the Coda Casablanca Music Center. They were joined by
M’hamed el Menjra playing bass, Abdessamad Boussahfa on violin and Sanhaji
on darbuka, and the ensuing jam sessions between these musicians now make
their way on to vinyl. The music you hear on the record was created entirely in the moment.

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Each track highlights the magic of a different instrument – on “Be” Menjra’s
double bass comes twisting through effects processing and subtle distortion,
meeting with a low-slung broken beat groove from the visiting French producers.
Sanhaji’s thrilling percussive flair on the darbuka flirts perfectly with the crisp
programming of drums and bass on the uptempo “Kaled” and the more laid-back “Petit”.

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Boussahfa’s violin makes for some of the most arresting moments on the release,
meeting with intricate minimalist rhythms on “Mon” and shining in the heart-rending
ambience of “Frere”.

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Presented across two 12”s, this collection of six tracks tells a most honest account of
how gifted artists from entirely different disciplines can find a common ground and
create something truly unique. Without any studio trickery to hide behind, this is
the concept of Cosmo Records laid bare, and the results prove it is a concept worth exploring further.
words by Oli Warwick

Where to Buy:

VINYL:

Deejay.de (Germany) – Decks (Germany) – HHV.de (Germany) –  Juno (U.K) – Yoyaku (France)  Techno-Import (France)Viniil (Italy) – Technique (Japan)

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