James Holden & Maalem Houssam Guinia 'Three Live Takes' 12"
Modular synthesizer meets Morocco’s Gnawa tradition as UK synth guru James Holden teams up with the Maalem Houssam Guinia, son of the late Gnawa legend and previous Holden-collaborator Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, for a trio of live collaborations recorded during the Guinia band’s first trip to London back in 2016. Lead track Pass Through The Fire / Bouri Bouri Manandabo sees the swirling organs of Holden’s Gnawa-inspired Pass Through The Fire (highlight of his joyous 2017 album ‘The Animal Spirits’) supplemented with a selection from the Guinia’s traditional call-and-response repertoire, thereby completing the collaborative circle. Over on the B-side it’s Holden’s turn to contribute hazy pads to the affecting, sonorous standard Youmala and frantically cycling arpeggios to the energetic Baba Hamouda.
Catalogue number: 51BC
Label: Border Community