Second album from Nuri, Tunisian producer influenced by north-african trance rituals and bass music. Expect something between The Maghreban, Guedra Guedra, Khalab, infused with UK-esque bass music.
This second album IRUN acts as a sequel to the first, creating an amalgam of then and now by combining archival field recordings from diverse African folkloric traditions with electronic beats. Contrary to DRUP, where Nuri prefered short song forms studded with abrupt contrasting changes, IRUN has longer tracks that allow the polyrhythmic grooves to expand and morph, echoing the techniques of trance music from North Africa.
With this new album, Nuri brings the listener into a cloud of layered sonic details that build a multisensory experience. Reworkings of West African songs and South African children’s songs add a joyful note to this playful exploration. 6 of the 8 songs are titled after a color in the Tunisian dialect, tinging the audience’s imagination with nuances as they listen.
Nuri is the artist name of Mohamed Amine Ennouri, a producer and percussionist from Tunisia that is now based in Copenhagen. Since the release of his first solo album DRUP in 2017, Nuri has grabbed the attention of audience and industry with his unique approach to electronica, an afro-futurism inspired sound spiked with live percussion. On stage, Nuri appears masked like a shaman conducting a ritual to take you on a journey through your own senses.
Nuri began his career as a kit drummer in Tunis, playing in bands of many different styles. From grunge rock to Tunisian wedding music to avant jazz, he was exploring and expanding his musical vocabulary. Ennouri became fascinated by cinema and decided to take an education in film sound production and animation. Working with a visual medium led him to join Atelier D, a dynamic multi disciplinary studio at the heart of Tunis’ underground subversive art scene led by sculpture Abdelaziz Ben Gaid Hassine. With this collective Ennouri worked on many performances that combined film, improvised music, and dance. In 2010 he was invited to the island of Bornholm in Denmark to produce a play co-written with butoh dancer Ainara Lopez. This was a seminal experience for Ennouri, where he connected deeply with both the artist community living there and the open Nordic landscape.
In 2013 Nuri moved to Lyon, France to collaborate with musicians living there. It was during this stay that he first met the Shouka collective and immediately connected with their vision of combining contemporary electronic sounds with archival recordings of disappearing musical traditions of North Africa and the Middle East.
However Bornholm continued to call to him, so in 2014 Nuri moved to Denmark. It was there, while isolated on a remote farmhouse on Bornholm, that the project Nuri was born. Inspired by this environment of expansive sky and sea and the extremes between the almost endless summer light to the long dark winters, Ennouri wrote his first album DRUP. In 2016 Shouka added DRUP to its catalog, pressing 600 vinyls. The same year Nuri gave his first live performance in Copenhagen, opening for Clap! Clap!
Since that time Nuri has been touring regularly throughout Europe, was given the Danish OOaward for artistic achievement, and put together a management and booking team from agencies Tone Chamber in Copenhagen and My Favourite in Paris.