Track By Track: Julmud جُلْمود – Tuqoos | طُقُوس
Palestinian artist Julmud has created his own distinct sound.
The Ramallah-based producer, vocalist, musician and music researcher marries his collection of global-minded samples and sounds with his own weighty compositions that are full of colossal beats, intricate textures and enchanting melodies.
These combine on his debut album, Tuqoos | طُقُوس, which is out on Palestinian label Bilna’es بالناقص. Over 15 tracks, Julmud welcomes listeners into his soundworld, one that conjures up images of bustling streets, open deserts and crowded protests.
There’s a whole host of influences from the MENA region across the album; Julmud leaves no stone unturned. You’ll hear strains of Jazani music, Yemeni street music and Egyptian 80s pop. There’s also nods to Bedouin music, Sawt music from the Gulf and Palestinian chants, while to the west you’ll hear echoes of breakbeat, bass and vaporwave.
It’s a cocktail that’s singular and unique, each track takes you on its own journey, yet the entirety of the release is cohesive – it feels like a story of spaces, time and places.
Below Julmud dives into the story behind each track, the influences and the visions they call to mind.
Colour: Greyish gold
Inspiration: Jazani music
This track is a club track but still maintaining the spiritual/tribal sense, inspired by Jazani music of North Yemen with a greyish gold palette mind state.
Colour: Stone white
Inspiration: Jazani music
I think of this as a working song from prehistoric stone workers in Palestine, inspired by multiple Arabic rhythms.
Haras El Jabal
Colour: Dark purple blue
Inspiration: Hijazi music
Made with the dancefloor in mind, but it also has the vision of nocturnal mountain creatures roaming through the Levant.
Colour: Reddish pink
Inspiration: Yemeni music
This is an emotional one with a sense of Awe, chants praising Yemen as our mother, because alot of types of music that inspire me from Arabic music originated from there.
Saree’ el thawaban
Colour: Purple / lime fluorescent green
Inspiration: Egyptian 80’s pop / vaporwave
Egyptian mawlid type of approach with a deep slowed down use of Egyptian 80’s pop.
Colour: Sand stone (wadi rum)
Inspiration: Sawt music from the Gulf
This is Arabic breakbeat music with a distorted aura that represents the inspiration and the era it comes from, which is old Sawt recordings from the gulf region.
Colour: Sunset purple
Inspiration: Bedouin music / marching
The image of this for me is a bedouin caravan walking in half speed
Colour: Light blue and sunset yellow
Inspiration: Soul music / vaporwave
Diving in and out the sweet melodies of soul music like a dolphin, this track has a watery wavy vibe for me.
Percussive textures and Southeast Asian indistinct vocals make this a transcendental experience.
Colour: Metallic dark blue
Inspiration: while having my morning coffee and listening to random stuff, i thought this old Lebanese pop vocal would fit perfectly in a heavy jungly rave skit .
Inspiration: I made this track as a single for the album with a bit of concentration on bars unlike most of the tracks, and I feel like it has a bit of almost every track from the album.
Roh Al Nahrain
Colour: Dark teal
Inspiration: inspired by Arabian sea music, imagining myself at the intersection of the tigris and euphrates.
Colour: Rough silver
Inspiration: channeling old Yemeni street traditions through this with a hint of moroccan Dhikr.
Colour: Metallic black
Inspiration: this was approached with a ritual state of mind, traditional arabic drumming and Palestinian chants from al bireh city.
Colour: Olive oil green
Inspiration: an improvisation done in a quiet state of mind after removing the frets of my guitar, with an experimental Arabic folk approach.
Tuqoos | طُقُوس is out now on Bilna’es بالناقص.
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