Lebanese DJ Said Mrad notched a huge hit on the European dance scene with the title track of this album.
Lebanese DJ Said Mrad notched a huge hit on the European dance scene with the title track of this album. The tune was such a club monster in France that it effortlessly crossed over into the top 40, without the benefit of radio airplay. This album shows Mrad's solid remix chops. The eight tracks are either remixes of themes taken from the famed singer Oum Khaltoum or re-workings of well-known oriental tracks. Mrad works with electronic and acoustic sources, floating breathy, recognizable, Middle Eastern melodies on top of hypnotic, often thunderous, percussion. From the suggestive sensuality of "Move Your Belly" to the rave-ready "The Beginning," 1001 Nights rocks. Mrad is a beat doctor; he hears today's club hits in the soul of yesterday's Arabic songs. Racked in the U.S. by Ark21.—PVV