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Three Live Takes
Artist
James Holden & Maalem Houssam Guinia
ReleaseProduct
Three Live Takes
Label
Border Community
Catalogue Number
51BC
Release Date
September 2018
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An intriguing collaborative record here. James Holden and Moroccan Guembri player Maalem Houssam Guinia met up when the latter visited the UK in 2016. Holden had previously worked with Houssam’s father Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, and when Holden played together with Houssam and his band it turned out that Houssam had upheld the family tradition well. The musicians decided to record a session together, and thus have we Three Live Takes. While Holden busies himself with an array of synthesisers and electronics, Guinia and his band cycle through a trio of call-and-response grooves each full of polyrhythmic drive. The resulting record is a thrillingly energetic combination of the analog and the digital.

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