Ich Bin Ein Beiruter

by Rutlin Bey

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Rutlin Bey is Lilak Monoke from Berlin and OkyDoky from Beirut, two electronic musicians joining forces in a trans-continental sonic cooperative. Two cities. Two artists. Two states of mind. And a two-track debut release.

Rutlin Bey's production features live instrumentation and analog gear like vintage or modular synths, with a result that is anywhere between ambient soundscape and hardcore noise. For their first release, the duo selected two tracks from extensive recordings made during several jam sessions in 2012 in Monoke's studio in Berlin. The first, 'Ich Bin Ein Beiruter' pays homage to early days of electro-breaks, with a nod to Kraftwerk and a wink at the Detroit scene. OkyDoky's fast-driving beats and Monoke's anthemic synths taking the song to a crescendo and back, ending with simultaneous declarations of urban attachments in Arabic and German. 'Girl Trouble' springs from classic electronica, with pulsating, heavy-breathing synths, Monoke's sequencing and OkyDoky's bass playing pushing the tension to cutting point, and all recorded live in a single take.


released May 3, 2013

Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt in Brooklyn, NYC. Ending voice on Ich Bin Ein Beiruter by R. Najdi. Girl Trouble recorded in one take at Monoke Studios in Oct 2012. Cover photo by La Manchega.



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OkyDoky Beirut, Lebanon

Producer and performer of electronic music. Catchy beats, eccentric sampling, energetic performances, live instrumentation, sampling, effects modulation, vocoding, laptops, synthesizers, midi-controllers, audiogenic toys. Breaks, electro, 80s, hip hop, metal. ... more

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