Babamimoun and Speakerman Sound
How do you feel about Star Wars? Nice, isn’t it? Now how do you feel about Avatar? Another warm and fuzzy feeling, I’m sure? Now do a mental collaboration of the two. Perfection, isn’t it? Imagine the two coexisting in perfect harmony, leveling out rhythmic and synchronization, the perfect tune if you will. A beat, a heart, a soul and a backstory. You hear the music and you see the visualization and it all makes sense. Well, it’s here and it’s now. It’s Glastonbury brothers Todd and Guy Speakman, known as the live electronic act and production duo Speakman Sound. They’ve released a collaboration with Simo Lagnawi, one of the UK’s leading Gnawan musicians.
‘Babamimoun’ merges modern electronica with traditional North African vocals. The track is immersed with an amply life-changing and optically cinematic music video captured by Eidy Knowles. ‘Babamimoun’ is the follow up to 2019’s ‘LIMBIC’ EP which picked up key tastemaker influencer and radio support from NOWNESS, Complex, RINSE FM and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephen’s. Affected by Speakman Sound’s love of DIY rave culture, the song was born on a trip to Morocco with Sharky (close friend and rising alt-pop artist), where they embraced the sounds and culture of Gnawa music. What a brilliant commodity they’ve brought among us as well. I don’t call much attention to beauty as much as I should these days but this is it…this is beautiful.
“It’s been refreshing for us to go back to our roots in making ‘Babamimoun’. The track is heavily inspired from the many a time of being together in a muddy field at silly o’clock in the morning raving to some hard-hitting euphoric music. After visiting Morocco and falling in love with the depth of the music out there we were so excited to get in the studio with Simo!” – Speakman Sound. “‘Baba Mimoun’ is the leader of the spirits of the small forests. These small forests are life-givers in the Saharan environment. The Gnawa tribespeople speaks and sings of these spirits, in worship and appreciation. We humans have a symbiosis with these spirits they lead us through our experience of the world” – Simo Lagnawi
“This film is about a traveler from an advanced race who travels to the surface of a desolate planet, reawakens it and initiates a cycle of evolution. I started off by writing a script outlining the story, gathering reference images together to get a feel for the environment. Then I storyboarded a sequence of timed scenes to the music, with a series of rough sketches for each shot. I loved the collaboration, Speakman Sound allowed me a lot of creative freedom” – Eidy Knowles
“Electronic fraternal duo Speakman Sound doesn’t disappoint in their latest visuals, which feature artwork that extends beyond the reaches of the traditional music video format. Todd and Guy Speakman enlisted London-based 3D artist Eidy Knowles, whose staggering imagination brings fictional worlds into microscopically detailed reality” – NOWNESS
This Song Speaks
This song speaks to me in certain ways I could never imagine, it dances with my heart and sings to my spirits. I can’t begin to express how it makes me feel, almost ‘Enigma’ meets techno. It’s something to listen to while you’re deep and heavy into the vibes of Burning Man and it doesn’t stop there. To the times ahead and the times behind, this song has what you’ve been missing. I dig it, I dig every inch of it.
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