The Rough Guide to Arabesque

This album is just the thing for anyone who wants an authoritative intro to the cutting-edge tunes currently being generated by North African musicians who've made forays into the electronic scene.

This album is just the thing for anyone who wants an authoritative intro to the cutting-edge tunes currently being generated by North African musicians who've made forays into the electronic scene. The artists represented here are currently residing in Berlin; London; Marrakech, Morocco; New York; Montpelier, Vt.; Paris; and Beirut, Lebanon. What they share is a fabulous feel for groove—which they express in a variety of styles. The Montpelier-based Clotaire K lays down an awesome hip-hop track dealing with Beirut and interweaves it with timeless Middle Eastern vocals and instrumentation. Aisha Kandisha's "A Muey a Muey" is a visceral drum'n'bass track. MoMo's "Dourbiha" and U-Cef's "Aalash Kwawna" are intricate electronica pieces culled from the London club scene. At 12 tracks, The Rough Guide to Arabesque is an entrée to a very cool world indeed. Distributed by Ryko.—PVV
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