Seattle-based imprint Sublime Frequencies excavates musical obscurities from urban and rural sites across the globe – music which is typically overlooked by the global music industry, mainstream media, and academia.
Founded by Hisham Mayet and Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls, Sublime Frequencies' ever-growing catalogue is made up of field recordings, video documentaries, and radio transmissions. The imprint takes its cues from pioneering labels such as Smithsonian Folkways, Chante du Monde, Unesco, and Nonesuch Explorer. Among its myriad releases over the years include some of the earliest recordings from Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman to reach Western audiences, Moroccan Gnawa music, Algerian Rai, folk and pop from Myanmar and Sumatra, psychedelic rock from Singapore and Malaysia, Bollywood steel guitar, ethnic minority music from Vietnam, and much, much more.
DJing under the Sublime Frequencies mantle, Bishop and Mayet play hybrid pop-rock from the sixties and seventies, folk beat, freak beat, yeh-yeh go-go, psychedelic surf and a mess of other styles from North Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia. Their sets can typically be summed up as: "You've probably never heard most of this before."