“Crocodile” Tamino

"Crocodile" by Tamino is Northern Transmissions' 'Song of the Day'
"Crocodile" by Tamino

Tamino has released a deluxe version of his debut album, Amir. The deluxe version of the album, was released October 18, via Arts & Crafts, will feature two recordings which originally missed the tracklisting for Amir. One of which, “Crocodile”, is now available to stream. This year Tamino has performed with Lana Del Rey at her request, and he counts Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood as a bandmate now (who also features on a selection of recordings on Amir playing bass guitar). Amir was produced by PJ Maertens and Jo Francken, and recorded at both Maertens’ house in Belgium and at Audiworkx Studios in Holland.

The deluxe release will also feature two new live recordings, performed alongside the Nagham Zikrayat Orchestra who also feature on the original album, two demo recordings of “Chambers” and “Tummy”, and two stark live recordings from a show at La Cigale in Paris from earlier in the Spring.

Although the majority of the playing heard on Amir is Tamino himself, he is joined by a collective of Arabic musicians based in Brussels called Nagham Zikrayat. The Firka (orchestra) is predominantly made up of professional musicians from the Middle East, most of which have refugee status having predominantly fled from Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and Syria. Members of the orchestra are long-standing fans of Tamino’s late grandfather, a famous actor-musician in the golden age of Egyptian cinema. They contacted Tamino to request his performance at a concert in honour of his late grandfather. Not being a native speaker, Tamino politely declined but invited the orchestra to assist him in the making of Amir.

Tamino embarks on his debut North American tour, beginning Sep 11 in New York City (SOLD OUT), then makes his first appearance in Toronto on Sep 17 (SOLD OUT). Following this, Tamino will make a very special, first trip out to the Middle East and North Africa in October, taking in debut shows in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey. The demand for his arrival out there is testament to the word of mouth momentum that Amir has already accumulated outside the typical touring countries that he’s already made his name within. He then returns to Europe in November with two new UK shows in Manchester and The Scala in London in early December, his biggest UK so far.

Amir Deluxe

Disc 1

1. Habibi
2. Sun May Shine
3. Tummy
4. Chambers
5. So It Goes
6. Indigo Night
7. Cigar
8. Each Time
9. Verses
10. W.o.t.h
11. Intervals
12. Persephone

Disc 2 (Bonus)

1. Crocodile
2. Every Pore
3. Chambers – Demo
4. Tummy – Demo
5. Intervals – Live at Jet Studio ft. Nagham Zikrayat Orchestra
6. Every Pore – Live at Jet Studio ft. Nagham Zikrayat Orchestra
7. w.o.t.h – Live at La Cigale
8. Intro (La Javanaise) – Live at La Cigale
9. Verses – Live at La Cigale

Tour Dates

Sep 11 – Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
Sep 12 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial (St-Roch-XP)
Sep 13 – St. Agathe, QC – Théâtre Le Patriote
Sep 14 – Ottawa, ON – Cityfolk Music & Arts Festival
Sep 17 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
Sep 18 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Sep 20 – Los Angeles – CA – The Moroccan Lounge
Sep 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Oct 12 – Cairo, EG – Jazz Club 610
Oct 17 – Ankara, TR – Milyon Performance Hall
Oct 18 – Istanbul, TR – Zorlu Center for Performing Arts
Oct 19 – Izmir, TR – Soldout Performance Hall
Oct 25 – Casablanca, MA – Rialto Cinema
Nov 12 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
Nov 14 – Maastricht, NL – Muziekgieterij
Nov 16 – Antwerp, BE – Lotto Arena
Nov 19 – Paris, FR – Olympia
Nov 20 – Luxembourg, BE – den Atelier
Nov 21 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
Nov 23 – Den Haag, NL – Paard
Nov 29 – Berlin, DE – Silent Green
Dec 2 – Dublin, IR – Button Factory
Dec 3 – Manchester, UK – YES (Pink Room)
Dec 4 – London, UK – Scala
Dec 6 – Cologne, DE – Luxor
Dec 7 – Zurich, CH – Mascotte
Dec 8 – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
Dec 9 – Milan, IT – Santeria Toscana 31
Dec 10 – Rome, IT – Monk
Dec 13 – Barcelona, ES – Festival Mil.Lenni – La (2) de Apolo
Dec 14 – Madrid, ES – Café Berlin
Dec 15 – Toulouse, FR – Metronum