RCRDLBL describes the music of NYC based artist Boshra al Saadi, AKA SAADI by writing, "There's something beautifully unsettling about the music Syrian-born rocker-turned-synth-queen SAADI makes. Sure, it's jaunty, canorous, and massively danceable. But it's also composed of broken-down doll melodies, tainted by screwy pops and wormy schizophrenia. It's weird. It's different. We dig it." Hailing from Pennsylvania and settling in NYC in her late teens to conquer her folk star dreams, SAADI's distinctive sound is a result of a broad array of influences from traditional arab music to dancehall from Lady Saw to Brian Eno.
Released last summer the mixtape, "Summer of SAADI," featured 12 songs which included original tracks, collaborations and reimagined versions of her personal dancehall favorites. Following its popularity, RedBud records is proud to digitally release mastered final versions of four of SAADI's popular original tracks featured on the mixtape, on the new "Take It Easy" EP. Also included on the digital EP is the Soundmen's remix of "Bad Seeds", the original of which was featured on the mixtape.
On the EP's opening track ,SAADI tackles the Queen Ifrica song "Below the Waist." SAADI brings her distinctive synth beats to the cover, while at the same time not deviating too far from the songs reggae roots. The artist does not shy away from the songs raunchy lyrics, playfully cooing," He said "Go put on your thong" and before you know it there is another baby."
When faced with the decision of whether or not to let her mind breakdown from the stress of a medical crisis, SAADI chose to put pen to paper and the result was the original track, "Take it Easy." Guided by a strong reggae and African influence, "Take it Easy," is a perfect showcase of SAADI's unique influences and powerful songwriting skills.
SAADI adds her unique sound to "Man is the Least," a cover of a track by the "Queen of Dancehall" Lady Saw. While not straying too far from the original and its traditional dance hall sound, SAADI has infused the song with her signature style and paid homage to one of her strongest artistic influences.
Originally featured on her debut EP, "Bad City", "Birds" appears on "Take it Easy" in the form of a new dub mix of the song by 33Hz member and Dither Down Founder, Tim Wagner. They have taken the original and stripped it down, creating a sound that is impossible not to bounce to.
Also included in the digital download is a remix of the SAADI original "Bad Seeds" by New York music blog darlings, the Soundmen. Comprised of Justin Jamison and Scott Durday, the Soundmen are well known for their remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi and Nelly Furtado and now they have used their rousing beats and innovative sounds to create a heart pounding remix of "Bad Seeds.
Founded by Chad Snyder (DJChicus), Brooklyn based RedBud records has been releasing 12” and 45’s from a diverse collection of dub, roots, dancehall and electronic artists for over 10 years. Their releases have included contributions from producers Tiklah, Victor Rice and Zeb along with work from artists such as Rob Symeonn, Turbulence and Lutan Fyah.
Boshra Al Saadi began by cutting her teeth as the co-front woman in indie rock band Looker. With her solo project SAADI, her
sound shows traces of her vast and diverse influences ranging from dancehall to traditional arabic dabke, from Brian Eno to Lady Saw, resulting in a real fusion of sound that would lend itself to a sweaty dance floor or a darkened bedroom....more