Shalabi Quintet – Artists Against Apartheid, Montréal Session [THSIV] THSIV

PLEASE NOTE: When ordering this tape you can now chose the “zero profits” option. It’s exactly the same edition, but the money that I receive (after Limited Run and PayPal bagged their fees) covers exactly the production costs I payed for each saleable copy. If you feel like it, you can still add a tip… but no stress over that. (Trying things out here, feel free to make use of the contact form and let me know your thoughts.)

«I am really honoured to present this live quintet recording, recorded as part of the Artists Against Apartheid concert series in support of Palestinian human rights, this show was documented and mixed by the awesome Nick Schofield who hosts Underground Sounds on CKUT 90.3 FM here in Montréal, a staple for independent alternative music selections on the FM dial in the city.» — Stefan Christoff.

This album is the 4th entry to our TERMINAL HANDSHAKE series, available on realtime-dubbed cassette (+ digital) – limited to 73 hand-numbered copies. Including a hand-stitched 8-page booklet with liner notes and artist biographies and a rubber-stamped ASCII-style download card.



  1. Artists Against Apartheid (Part 1)

Side B

  1. Artists Against Apartheid (Part 2)
  2. Vitrola Era (Nick Schofield remix)

Digital Bonus Tracks

  1. Mind Fog (Joni Void remix)
  2. Cette lumière qui surgit des décombres (Joël Lavoie remix)

The tape presents Shalabi Quintet’s full two-part live performance alongside a beautiful remix by ambient artist Nick Schoefield. Two additional remixes by Joni Void and Joël Lavoie are featured in the digital version.

The Pricing

As with AO’s newest releases by Lapith Girl and Oberlin this album by Shalabi Quintet is also made available with the ZERO PROFIT option: same edition, I just abstain from my share. You pay for production, shop and payment fees, and the artist share that goes to the musicians, remixers, the photographer, and writers in form of their specimen copies. What that means in concrete numbers is shown in the diagram below.

Admittedly I don’t look at the costs at all while designing a packaging – traditionally I postpone the price paralysis until shortly before the release date. And while Brexit has its fair share in these escalating prices, I have a hard time turning away from the manufacturer in the UK, because the experience I had and have with them is so much better than with all the others I learned to know over the years. Anyway, I’ll try a few things out in 2024 – let’s see what sticks.

Pressing Information

First edition of 73 hand-numbered copies. Black cardboard box printed with silver ink on both sides. Red/black sandwich shell with printed labels. 8-page booklet with liner notes & artist biographies. Stamped download card with Bandcamp code included! Everything packed in a protective resealable sleeve and shipped in a sturdy cardboard mailer.