Sabotage was created in the heart of Tel Aviv, the album includes ILLAY's inner circle of professional musicians who all joined forces to produce the album in a makeshift studio within only a month's time. The result is an engaging mix of melodies sung in English, Hebrew and French, and shaped by Eastern and Western influences that include classical, contemporary, and electronic music. It is full of ethereal and soulful lyrics set to rhythms that
embrace pop music, Middle-Eastern disco, West African beats, and much more. All this leads to a creative debut that strikes an interesting balance that is both delicate and powerful, much like the performer herself. ILLAY reveals a collection of new music with soul and grit.
“In [Illay’s] complex compositions and forthright lyrics,
she unfolds a parallel world in which one can laugh
without forgetting to weep - and vice versa.”
~ TAZ Magazine, Germany
ILLAY has an energetic personality and innovative style and is originally from Tel Aviv. She is based in Berlin since 2013. Her multi-cultural upbringing by a Libyan-Jewish mother and an Australian-German father helped shape her appreciation for a variety of music. After discovering her love of the cello as child, she continued to experiment with her musical style, incorporating different genres and an ever-widening range of instruments.
released October 26, 2018
ILLAY'S debut Album produced by Junkiespace Ship
Words and Music: ILLAY.
Produced and recorded by JunkieSpaceship (Itamar Ben Zakay & Kai Ben Dov) Tel Aviv except “One more war מלחמה” - Produced by Guy Sternberg (LowSwing Studio Berlin) and JunkieSpaceship.
All songs arranged by: ILLAY and JunkieSpaceship except for “One more war מלחמה” arranged by ILLAY, JunkieSpaceship and Guy Sternberg.
Strings and brass arrangements by Itamar ben Zakay except “One more war מלחמה” - Itamar Ben Zakay and ILLAY
Vocal recording: Kai Ben Dov
All songs were mix by JunkieSpaceship except: “You Loving Me” and “Sabotage” mixed by Andreas (Somow) Christ
You Loving Me כשאתה אוהב אותי
Kai Ben Dov - bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals | Itamar Ben Zakay - drums, electronica, electric guitar, fender rhodes | Shlomi Wagner - backing vocals english version | Lea Gadaev - violin | Moshiko Givan - viola | ILLAY - Cello
Your Time Has Passed הזמן שלך עבר
Kai Ben Dov - bass, electric guitar, percussion | Itamar Ben Zakay - drums, percussion | Yogev Levi - ney, oud, sazbush, darbuka, cooking pot | Sher Niv, Linoy Akala, Noa Golan Barel - choir | Sher Niv, Itamar Ben Zakay, Kai Ben Dov, ILLAY - clapping
One More War מלחמה
Piano, drums, bass and guitar Recorded by Guy Sternberg at LowSwing studio Berlin. Strings and Vocal Recorded in TLV by JunkieSpaceship. Eyal Lovett - piano | Paul B Keeves - bass | Jan Terstegen - electric guitar | Nicolai Ziel - drums | Lea Gadaev - violin | Moshiko Givan - viola | ILLAY - Cello
Kivoun Ehad (One way) כיוון אחד
Kai Ben Dov - bass, electric guitar, electronica | Itamar Ben Zakay - drums, electric guitar, synthesiser | Tal Avraham - trumpet | Oded Ben Yizhak - saxophone | Ron Silberstein - trombone
Kai Ben Dov - electric guitar, electronica, percussion | Itamar Ben Zakay - drums, drum programming, hammond, bass, electric guitar | Michal Solomon - piano | Tal Avraham - trumpet | ILLAY - Cello
But When Night Comes אבל בלילה
Kai Ben Dov - bass, electric guitar, electronica, percussion | Itamar Ben Zakay - drums, acoustic guitar | Michal Solomon - piano | Tal Avraham - trumpet | Oded Ben Yizhak - saxophone | Ron Silberstein - trombone | Ruth Danon - backing vocals
Open Your Arms
Kai Ben Dov - bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion | Itamar Ben Zakay - drums, bass, fender rhodes | Tamuz Dekel - electric guitar | Michal Solomon - piano | Lea Gadaev - violin | Moshiko Givan - viola | ILLAY - Cello
Midbar (Desert) מדבר
Kai Ben Dov - electric guitar, electronica, percussion | Itamar Ben Zakay - drums, bass, wurlitzer | Yogev Levi - ney | Ruth Danon - backing vocals
Michal Solomon - piano | Kai Ben Dov - synthesiser
Translating to English:
Sabotage, You Loving Me: Esther Cowens and ILLAY
Your time: Esther Cowens, Kai Ben Dov and ILLAY
One more war: Esther Cowens, Larissa Gleich, Eliana Ben-David, and ILLAY
But when night comes: Rosie Bans, Esther Cowens and ILLAY
Kai Ben Dov and Esther Cowens
Mastered by Gene Paul at G&J Audio
Album picture: Christian Tan
Album design: claracenteneraribas.com
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