Leila Samir is an emerging electronic music producer and saxophone jazz musician with influences Middle Eastern rhythm music. Growing up in a religious environment, she wasn’t exposed to Western music till age of fourteen
Out on More Time on Aug 15th, “No Music” is her debut EP; named according to what was reinforced to her growing up. “That’s what I was told my whole life” - she recalls. As well as music production, studying in London has given her the opportunity to explore radio and she has a residency NTS Radio. Previous residencies include Worldwide FM and Balamii
Overall, the release utilises a wealth of traditional Saudi Arabian sounds including the eerie opener ‘Bridal’, which as the name suggests samples Saudi wedding music. The track develops into an emotional and melancholy journey with the main melody (sampling an the the qānūn) ringing out over an extremely solid bassline.
‘Beginnings’ was the first track written by Leila Samir as part of this project, which is the most club-ready offering in the release. The percussion led roller also comes with an alternate, more mutated version called ‘Ends’ which is also included on the EP.
‘Anxiety’ continues to build on the sinister sound palette maintained throughout “No Music” with frantic drum patterns building throughout.
With early support from the legendary Andrew Weatherall, Zaltan and Gilles Peterson.