City Road Music

by Made In Roath

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As part of Made In Roath Community Arts Festival, Alfie Swan presents a compilation LP of original music inspired & guided by samples from records gathered through conversations with people working on City Road.


We went through restaurants & shops asking people what music they liked to listen to whilst they work, what music they grew up listening to, perhaps a piece in particular that means something to them. Since it’s one of the most diverse locales in all of Cardiff this led to discussions about many forms of traditional music & left us with a whole wealth of incredible records to seek out.

This included music from: Pakistan, Syria, India, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Turkey, France, Japan, Korea, China, Ghana, Thailand, US, Brazil, Italy, Nigeria & we more than likely left plenty of stones unturned. A list was made of all the music we had been recommended then sent to a few friends local to City Road who make music: Cass Brooker, Morgan Evans & Cem Papaker.

The brief was to create something from this list, whether honouring the original pieces of music in a way that made them the focal point of the composition or to sculpt & chisel them into tones & textures that suited their own style. The only crucial element here was that the music from these people had to be a part of the creative process.

The resulting collection of music is a dialogue between contemporary Western forms & traditional predominantly Eastern forms, an apt metaphor for the street itself. Sprawling electronic ambience cut with field recordings of City Rd. & slices of instrumentation from all over the world. Hip Hop, Neo Soul & House laced with Qawwali from Pakistan & Qudud Halabiya from Syria. Japanese Anime soundtracks backed by Egyptian percussion & UK Jungle sensibilities. This project took us all over the place without even leaving Cardiff.

It’s been an illuminating experience & an absolute pleasure to chat music with people on City Road, we’d like to thank the following people & establishments for their involvement:

Rashid from Classic Chicken, Solomon from Abo Ali, Brenda & Marina from Tenkaichi, Austeja & Rhys from Mezza Luna, Lyalena, Adam from the Golden Rickshaw, Faith from Passion, Kris from .CN, Xquisite Africa, I Giardini, Chilli Basil, Troy, Ponnuswamy, Milgi, KBS, Islamic Relief, International Food Centre, Shop Right, JingXing Express, Andalucia, Easy Shop, Express Imaging, City Bakery, Yongja Superstore.



released October 18, 2018

A/W: Alfie Swan

Mastering: Beat Chef Mastering


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