In March 2014, James Holden and Floating Points were invited to the Fellah Hotel, nestled at the foot of the Atlas Mountains just outside Marrakech, to participate in a week-long residency collaborating with the legendary Maalem (Master) Mahmoud Guinia from Morocco's Gnawa musical tradition. The four tracks you see before you are the product of Holden and Floating Points' makeshift open-air recording sessions by the hotel pool with the Maalem Mahmoud Guinia and his band, featuring the Maalem on his three-stringed guembri instrument and lead vocals and accompanied by the trio of Guinia's brother-in-law and two sons who provide the vocal chorus response and complex krakeb and clapping percussive rhythm cycles that characterise the Gnawa tradition.
1. Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & Floating Points - Mimoum Marhaba
2. Maalem Mahmoud Guinia & James Holden - Bania Available from 17.07.2015