Born in Jerusalem nearly 30 years ago and raised in New York City, Raz Mesinai (aka Badawi)—like turntablists Spooky, Olive, and Soulslinger—knows his way around the beats and rhythms of

Born in Jerusalem nearly 30 years ago and raised in New York City, Raz Mesinai (aka Badawi)—like turntablists Spooky, Olive, and Soulslinger—knows his way around the beats and rhythms of the world. A musician, composer, and producer (with a handful of recordings under his belt), Mesinai is also one-half of dub act Sub Dub and a co-founder of Rotor, a collective of composers who treat the turntable as an electronic instrument. Throughout his career, Mesinai has effortlessly and cleverly merged live musicianship and turntable wizardry. Assuredly dressed in Middle Eastern sensibilities, Soldier of Midian finds Mesinai playing a variety of instruments (zarb, flute, and bendir, for instance), which he then re-tweaks via sampling to create something new. Several tracks, including "Evocation" and "Dehydration," feature relentlessly energizing percussion, which wouldn't sound out of place on dancefloors where tribal-house is the order of the day. Ultimately, Soldier of Midian is the compelling work of a man who will most likely be forever wandering in search of the perfect beat.—MP