ARTICLE NATASHA STAGG
RAHILL JAMALIFARD, AKA RADIO RAHILL IS THE LEAD SINGER AND SONGWRITER FOR ALL-GIRL GARAGE GROUP HABIBI (NAMED AFTER THE ARABIC WORD FOR BELOVED), AND ONE OF BROOKLYN'S FAVORITE DJs.
THAT HABIBI HAPPENS TO BE 100% FEMALE WASN'T MEANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT—ACCORDING TO JAMALIFARD, THAT'S JUST HOW IT WORKED OUT, KIND OF LIKE THIS BRAND NEW MIX SHE'S MADE JUST FOR V, FORMED OF ALL FEMALE VOCALS: THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS
February 6th, 2014. After Habibi's self-titled premiere album release late last month on Burger Records, the music world is a-buzz over their sincere and not overly sentimental sound. Rahill Jamalifard, who grew up outside Detroit and now lives in Brooklyn, knows her psych rock, Motown and hip-hop history, and that's apparent if you hear the gems off Habibi, or you're lucky enough to see the four-piece live. With the band's extensive rock-connections, a show they play will not only be a lesson in music history, it'll be a ton of fun. Their last tour, down the East coast to Atlanta and back was, she says, "too much fun. We went on a Burger Records caravan tour with The Growlers, Gap Dream, Pangea and Cosmonauts. Basically, a crew of 18 dudes from L.A. and us. It was crazy."
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When V asked her about the mix she made for us, she she said it's "dedicated to all the lonely girls out there. Inspired by messy break ups, lonely winters, third wheeling it with all your best friends and their perfect boyfriends, and spending your weekends watching Golden Girls while eating your weight in Indian takeout. Yeah, this goes out to you. You are not alone. Listen as this cast of international ladies sing about that very same solitary feeling we find ourselves at the mercy of. These far out, tender tunes were all recorded in the '60s and '70s, are fronted by female vocals, and range from South Korean folk-psych to Ghanian soul. Lonely or not, this mix will thaw the icy and melt the solid. Kiss kiss bang bang."
COLLAGE BY RAHILL JAMALIFARD