James Holden has built his own house surrounding a coined ‘ethereal’ sound and a constant stream of solid remixes. In an age of suspect talent, Holden is the real deal. It’s been a fifteen-year process building his London-based Border Community label. Now an established outfit they continue to explore the boundaries of synth-heavy sound. His latest project is no different as Holden teams up with traditional musicians of North Africa for a trippy EP rooted in tradition. A collaboration with Maalem Houssam Guinia, ‘Three Live Takes’ is a culture clash as electronic music meets Gwana.
Descending from the Berber sounds of the North African desert, Gwana music dates back to pre-Islamic healers. Gnawas musicians, through their ceremonies, are considered to be experts in the magical treatment. Holden originally made music with Guinia’s father after recording in Marrakech on what eventually became 2015 Marhaba EP. The generation-spanning collaboration continues this time when young Guinia’s band visited the UK.
01. Pass Through The Fire + Bouri Bouri Manandabo
03. Baba Hamouda