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Chant Records debuts with Zion80, Darshan, and more

The newly-founded label Chant Records debuted earlier this month with a plethora of ambitious new albums. (All can be purchased through the label’s website as well as their Bandcamp page.

Raza is the sophomore effort from alt-rap duo Darshan, here comprised of rapper Eprhyme (Eden Pearlstein) and Pharaoh’s Daughter frontwoman Basya Schechter. The album reimagines the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat prayers and draws heavily from Eastern musical traditions.

Warriors is the third release from Afro-jazz ensemble Zion80, led by guitarist and Tzadik Records alumni Jon Madof.

What We Found Along The Way is the debut full-length from Sandcatchers, an Americana-meets-Arabic ensemble fronted by oudist Yoshie Fruchter, another Tzadik veteran who is also in Zion80.

MukashiBanashi (Japanese for “tales of long ago”, a term for Japanese folk tales) is the debut from avant-rock outfit The Fugu Plan. Named for an effort to bring Jewish refugees to Japan during World War II, the band, fronted by Japan-born vocalist Yuka and Israeli bassist Shanir Blumenkranz, draws from Japanese folk traditions as well as surf, psychedelic, Ennio Morricone, and noise rock. The album is being re-released after originally coming out in February of 2016.

The label has also released Strength In Numbers, a 101-track showcase compilation featuring the above artists as well as a massive array of others. It can be downloaded and streamed for free from the label’s website.

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Video: Darshan ft. MorningAltars, “Remember the Future”

Indie rap duo Darshan (ePRHYME and Shir Yaakov) have released a video for “Remember the Future”, a track from their 2015 album Deeper and Higher. The video features the designs of MorningAltars (Day Schildkret), an “earth altar artist” based in California.

Zion80 ft. ePRHYME, “Yehi Shalom” (live audio)

Jon Madof‘s Zion80 band recently uploaded to Soundcloud a live jam they played in December with indie rapper ePRHYME. Recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl, the track, “Yehi Shalom”, features the band improvising as ePRHYME freestyles over them, mostly cribbing from his breakout hit “Punklezmerap”.

This isn’t the first time such a pairing has occurred; ePRHYME and Madof did a live version of “Heavy Shtetl” for Hevria shortly before this concert