The next album from Syrian musician Omar Souleyman is to be produced by Four Tet.
Details on the project thus far remain sparse, although a release date is tentatively scheduled for this autumn on Ribbon Music. Souleyman, who is reputed to have around 500 albums worth of recorded material in circulation, reached recognition among Western audiences due to the release of the compilation album Highway to Hassake on American label Sublime Recordings in 2006. Four more albums have since followed, as well as numerous appearances at the likes of Primavera and Glastonbury. The collaboration with Four Tet comes after work Souleyman has done with Bjork (as part of her Biophilia album project) and Damon Albarn (which is as yet unreleased). Recorded in Brooklyn, the new album will constitute Souleyman’s first official studio release and sees him singing in Kurdish, Turkish and his own Syrian dialect.
Fans wanting to get an idea of what to expect from the pairing can check out this clip below, of a track played during a recent back to back between Four Tet and Gilles Peterson.