Yazz Ahmed

'A Shoal of Souls'

 London, UK 

 Series: 'The Specials'

2021

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'I was already thinking about the migrants who perished at sea when I named the chapter The Shoal of Souls, and this new composition is dedicated to all the people who have lost their lives crossing the sea in search of a better future.

I hope the music conveys the strength and power of the human spirit, the bravery to risk everything for their families, the anger I feel at the response of the West, a lack of empathy, a lack of compassion. They are not a swarm, they are us - humans.' - Yazz Ahmed

Marking the final chapter of her explosive 2017 album ‘La Saboteuse’, the single is ‘dedicated to all the people who have lost their lives crossing the sea in search of a better future’. The track is also inspired by Sufism, the idea of whirling and turning, falling into a trance or a dream.

This is the third project Yazz and Sophie have collaborated on, cementing the formidable working relationship between the two. After seeing her work visually ‘come to life’, Yazz was inspired to create, feeling ‘compelled’ to create this piece.

The track is also inspired by Sufism, the idea of whirling and turning, falling into a trance or a dream. Taking her cues from the music, Sophie’s work mirrors the idea of Sufism, while highlighting the ‘whirlpool of lost souls, of untold stories, talents and lives unfulfilled’ at the heart of this release.

Presented with the intertwining of two mammoth creatives, IXCHEL were compelled to create something truly special...

The record comes heavyweight, as a limited collectors edition worthy of the discogs-breaking prices Yazz's 2017 album 'La Saboteuse' is currently fetching.

Cementing the collaboration, Yazz’s special composition 'A Shoal of Souls' forms A side while on the B is Sophie’s artwork; a whirlpool of fish and souls spinning backwards into the ocean when played, embodying the voice of the music.

Copies 1 - 50 come numbered and include a limited edition print of the cover art signed by Yazz. The release also marks the first time a Yazz Ahmed test pressing has ever been available to buy.

Credits

Yazz Ahmed – Trumpet
George Crowley – Bass Clarinet
Samuel Hällkvist – Guitar
Ralph Wyld – Vibraphone
Naadia Sheriff – Piano
Dudley Phillips – Bass Guitar
Corrina Silvester – Percussion
Martin France – Drums
Composed – Yazz Ahmed

Recorded at – Session Corner Luton & Valby Station Copenhagen Jan 2018
Engineered by Nick Pugh
Mixed by Tom Jenkins
Mastered by Robin Morrison
Artwork by Sophie Bass
Art Direction by Charlie Jungle
Produced by Noel Langley & Yazz Ahmed

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