This Is The Kit in Casablanca

Gemma Cairney brings together artists from two different countries to combine their talents to make a new piece of music.

Kate Stables is the staple of folk project This is the Kit who have released four albums – now based in Paris, Kate has found herself drawn to the hypnotic rhythms of Saharan music and gnawa music.

Kate Stables

Dating back to the 12th century, gnawa, which is played on a three stringed instrument called the guembri, is the music of formerly enslaved black Africans who came to Morocco from Sub Saharan countries , and founded a model to preserve the traditions and folkloric music of their ancestors.

Traditionally, women do not play gnawa and performing in public is still a widespread taboo. But despite its deep traditions, modern Gnawa is evolving. Asmaa Hamzaoui is the daughter of a famous “maalem” (Gnawa master) Rachid Hamzaoui. Encouraged by her father, she has become the first female guembri player in Morocco and one of the first around the world with her band Bnat Timbouktou.

Kate will be travelling to Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco and home to gnawa music o to collaborate with Asmaa and see if they can merge together the banjo and the guembri to create something new.

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Daily Dose: This Is The Kit, “Bullet Proof (Blue States Remix)” 

Kate Stables is revisiting her fourth album as This Is The Kit, last year’s “Moonshine Freeze,” via a new remixes EP, the lead track from which is flat-out gorgeous.

Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables is revisiting her acclaimed fourth album as This Is The Kit, last year’s Moonshine Freeze, in the form of a new remix EP, out today, July 19, on Rough Trade Records. Our first listen of Moonshine Freeze Remixes comes in the form of its opening track, “Bullet Proof (Blue States Remix),” premiering here at Paste. You can hear the gorgeous rework down below.

“I spent way more time than usual working on it, trying to do it some justice,” Andy Dragazis (aka Blue States) says of the remix. “I love the vocals, so the aim was to keep true to those and add my own bells and whistles around them.” We share Dragazis’ admiration for Stables’ “uniquely bone-chilling voice,” which Max Freedman lauded in his review of Moonshine Freeze for Paste, in which he deemed the LP ”[her] best album to date.”

“Such an honor to be remixed by Blue States. He’s done a very lush job,” Stables says. “I love getting to hear glimpses of my twin sister’s voice on the track. And he’s managed to bring out some of the details in the original recording and build them into a whole new space. It’s given the song a totally new lease of life.”

Album opener “Bullet Proof” is one of three Moonshine Freeze tracks to get the remix treatment on Stables’ new EP, which also includes reworks by Drones Club (“Moonshine Freeze”), Clas Tuuth (“Two Pence Piece”) and LONA (also “Moonshine Freeze”). The original song’s delicate, chamber-folk sound doesn’t exactly scream “ripe for a remix,” but Blue States makes synth-pop magic with it, expanding on the stripped-down track’s subtle electronic accents and building out its minimalist percussion. The result is a mesmerizing rework that stands apart from “Bullet Proof” while remaining true to the wistful beauty of the original composition.

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This Is the Kit, “By My Demon Eye (First Go)”

From the band’s acoustic ‘Moonshine First Goes’ EP, an appendix of last year’s ‘Moonshine Freeze.’

In 2017, This Is the Kit released Moonshine Freeze, a keen, intimate collection of minimal folk. Prior to the album sessions, songwriter Kate Stables, who helms the project, recorded four bare, acoustic versions of four Moonshine Freeze songs. Previously unheard, those four songs will soon be released as Moonshine First Goes, out March 30.

“It was a time of finishing off songs, working out arrangements and looking for drum patterns in preparation for burying ourselves in the studio to get the album recorded,” Stables says. “I like hearing these early versions again. It totally takes me back to that time and those places.. Formative times.”

Hear a beautiful, stripped-down version of “By My Demon Eye” below, reworked as “By My Demon Eye (First Go).”

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