Previews & Premises

by Jawad Nawfal [Munma]

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Lebanese electronic musician Munma released his first full-length album "Previews & Premises" in 2010. The album is in fact a compilation of Nawfal's work between 2006-2010. "Some of it was meant to appear on previous Munma releases," Nawfal explains in the sleeve notes, "but eventually kept aside for later inclusion."

Perhaps made with a little less urgency than his previous EPs, "Previews and Premises" is nonetheless an absorbing listen, showcasing the range of Nawfal's vision. Opening number "Soft Integration" positions a tremulous flute over a science-fiction array of bleeps and burps. As in his previous EP's, Nawfal uses snatches of recorded speech: on "The Alchemist," an extended diatribe on musical aesthetics from a crisp-voiced gentleman is woven in and out of a prowling, moody beat and glitch-dominated electronic tones. "Ear Damage" combines a propulsive, punchy beat with drifting curtains of sound, while "Attention Disorder" showcases eccentric electronica.

"Previews and Premises" signals a notable talent, in full command of his material.

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released May 14, 2010

All music composed by Jawad Nawfal [Munma] between 2006 and 2010.
Produced and mixed by Jawad Nawfal.
Mastered by C-drík at Syrphe, Germany.

Photos by Caroline Tabet.
Sleeve design by Youmna Habbouche.

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Ruptured Records Beirut, Lebanon

Based in Beirut, indie label Ruptured produces and releases music by Lebanese artists in a variety of formats - with a strong focus on experimental rock and electronic music.

Ruptured was founded in 2008 by DJ and radio host Ziad Nawfal, and sound engineer and producer Fadi Tabbal from Tunefork Studios, as an outlet for their activities as music producers and promoters in Beirut.
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