Strata’s inception is due to Belfi’s playful experiments with Gnawa rhythms – a music tradition from North Africa that draws from ancient African spiritual and religious songs -  with which Belfi created basic guide tracks that were later expanded upon. 

Recorded by Simon Goff at Vox-Ton, Berlin
Mixed by Rocco Marchi at Obst und Gemüse, Bologna
Master and Vinyl Cut by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich at Calyx Mastering
Cover Image shot on Mamiya RZ67, with Ilford 120 film by Glashier
Design and layout by Adam Heron
Care guide illustrations by Leena Park, Text by Sofia Ilyas


The album places drums at the centre of a deep, hypnotic listening experience, where rhythm is combined with electronic textures and haunting sonic details.

All tracks by Andrea Belfi
Drums recordings by Matthias H. Franz Hahn at Studio Saal 3, Funkhaus, Berlin,
except drums on “Anticline” recorded by Simon Berckelman at Golden Retriever Studio
Mixed by Francesco Donadello at Vox-Ton Studio
Mastered by Nils Frahm at Durton Studio
Vinyl Cut by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich at Calyx Mastering


Opening for Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes North American Tour


26th – Laval, Quebec – Place Bell
27th – Toronto – Scotiabank Arena
28th – Pittsburgh – Stage AE
30th – Columbus – Express Live!


6th – Atlanta – Fox Theatre
9th – New Orleans – Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts
18th – Berkeley – Greek Theatre
20th – Seattle – Paramount Theatre
21st – Vancouver – Orpheum
22nd – Portland – The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
25th – Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Bowl
26th – Las Vegas – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
29th – Los Angeles – Greek Theatre
30th -  Los Angeles — Greek Theatre


3rd – London, UK – Southbankcentre
23rd – Bochum, DE - Planetarium

6th – Braga, PT
13th – Luzern – Südpol




"thrilling and on-edge right from the off." - The Line Of Best Fit
"an inspired and beautifully realised exploration" - Wire Magazine
"electronic swirls that blur the edges" -
Electronic Sound Magazine
"A drummer whose work is both peaceful and wired" - Village Voice
“a cult drama from italy…“ Top album of 2017 -
Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music
"You have no concept of just how much a lone kettle drum can blow your mind" - Mary Anne Hobbs via
The Guardian Top 5 albums of 2017



Italian-born Andrea Belfi is a drummer, composer, and experimental musician based in Berlin. Artfully blending the acoustic with the electronic, his performances are equal parts energetic and hypnotic, featuring long-arching soundscapes that are rich and immersive.

Over the years Belfi has built a sound-world that artfully combines a modest drum set-up with an equally concise electronics component. Belfi has gained a reputation both as a solo musician and within numerous collaborations with artists such as Nils Frahm, Mouse on Mars, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Mike Watt, Circuit des Yeux, David Grubbs amongst others. He has performed at the likes of Maison de la Radio (Paris), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Barbican Centre (London), Issue Project Room (New York) and CTM festival (Berlin).

Following on from his album Ore which gained Belfi many new fans including Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson, July 2019 will see Belfi release his new EP 'Strata' via Float, which came about due to Belfi's experimentation with Gnawa rhythms. To coincide with the release Belfi will also be joining Thom Yorke as a special guest across ten shows in Europe for his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour.