“Nawang descends to earth with her sisters to bathe during a simultaneous winter solstice and lunar eclipse. Jaka spies her and falls in love, stealing her cloak to keep her on earth. She weeps for her loss and Jaka comforts her. They soon marry and have a child, who unwittingly discovers the cloak. Nawang confronts Jaka and returns to her home in the moon.”
Directed by Nerenda Eid
Wayang Kinekt technology and animation by Antonius Wiriadjaja
The brash, alluring, genre-bending voice of Syria-born, NYC-soaked Boshra Saadi is rekindled — a flash over the February tundra — on the mesmerizing single Snowyman, A wild masala of urgent, dark vocals whipped around fiercely tribal beats. The dizzying track comes straight from the intersection of New Wave and post-punk (or maybe nowhere near that, perhaps it’s spinning wildly on a corner of the dance floor all its own). Either way, it’s innovation, with a seductive mystical-lyrical overtone.
This 7-inch from Dither Down features the original mix alongside a slick indie rock-infused re-imagination. New Jersey outfit Delicate Steve bring a stripped down, lonesomely rapturous indie pop to the b-side. On the digital ep, Brooklyn duo Prince Rama’s plains-driftin’ Joy Division-hintin’ wall-of-distortion fades into the dizzy dub of Victor Rice into the glorious electric spasms of Parisian Lazy Flow. All the mixes share the quality of bringing out (each in its own way) the haunting, bewitching lyrics of one of the most exciting emerging artists in the shapeless, sleepless city.
Though often compared to artists like MIA, Lykke Li, and Santigold, Boshra al Saadi AKA SAADI’s unique sound is a reflection of a multi-cultural, multi-national upbringing. Setting out to accomplish her folk star dreams upon arriving in New York City at 17, she began by cutting her teeth as the co-front woman in indie rock band Looker. With her solo project SAADI, her sound shows traces of her vast and diverse influences ranging from dancehall to traditional arabic dabke, from Brian Eno to Lady Saw, resulting in a real fusion of sound that would lend itself to a sweaty dance floor or a darkened bedroom.
“Bad Seeds,” Saadi’s second single for Dither Down Records, comes hot on the heels of her well received first single “Clotheslines.” “Bad Seeds” is a track with a delicate beat and perfectly spare guitars that fuse indie pop, reggae & afro rock in perfect multi genre harmony.
Included in the digital download is a remix of “Bad Seeds” by New York music blog darlings The Soundmen. Comprised of Justin Jamison and Scott Durday, the Soundmen are well known for their remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi and Nelly Furtado; now they have used their rousing beats and innovative sounds to create a heart pounding remix of “Bad Seeds” as well as a remix of the Clotheslines b-side “Dodecahedron.”
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“Bad Seeds” is featured in the March cover video for DETAILS, featuring Vanessa Hudgens:
1. El Tigeraso by Maluca
2. Ngunyuta Dance by BBC
3. Eh Mane Ah by Ahmed Janka Nabay
4. Hot Il Khanjar Bi Gleibi (Stab My Heart) by Omar Souleyman
5. Zuata Zuata by Puto Prata
6. Bondo Kallay by Bajah + Dry Eye Crew
7. Clotheslines (Lazyflow Remix) by Saadi
8. Antillas (Architecture in Helsinki Remix) by El Guincho
9. Arouah Anmoune by Hassan Idbassaid featuring Raiss
10. Poison Dart featuring Warrior Queen by The Bug
11. Upstairs Downtown Bedouin Boy