Journeyman, DJ, radio presenter, beat raconteur - it's been hard to keep up with all of iZem's movements lately. The innovatve Lisbon-based French producer has been hard at work on his debut LP Hafa, exploring the sounds of Latn America and North Africa in a vivid analogue-digital, genre-defying soundscape that is sure to leave your head spinning. Inspired by cultural greats like Jack Kerouac, Paul Bowles, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Matsse, iZem spent tme soaking up the atmosphere at the inspiring Café Hafa, an idyllic clif-top joint overlooking the strait of Gibraltar, in Tangier, Morocco, which has formed a golden backdrop to his debut LP. Brimming with soulful exotcism, personal narratves and adven-turous collaborators, Hafa has been an experiment in taking on the afro-centric sounds of his journey to-date by incorporatng modern, introspectve songwritng and hybrid beats. Ofen writng music whilst crossing contnents, the only place iZem allows dust to setle is in the heart, heat and rhythms of his local-global future sounds. A decade of nomadism between Spain, Brazil, Argentna, Ireland and Portugal made way for a series of critcally acclaimed EP's and remixes for Soundway, GAMM, Far Out, Agogo, ZZK records, Wah Wah 45s, and Mais Um Discos. Arrival on the global, forward-thinking, artstcally leffeld scene was predicted by Gilles Peterson, XLR8R, Okay Player and fellow tropical hed Quantc. iZem is an acronym for In Ze Early Morning' and his debut album Hafa' evokes new days dawning in far-of lands and strring horizons of the present. So if you aren't hearing iZem's pastche of future tropical rhythms and organic grooves on statons such as BBC, KCRW or Funkhaus Europa, then make sure you you catch him raising the dance foor temperature on one contnent or another.