Modern electronic dance producers love to embrace international sounds outside their backyards. A good beat can bring new dimension to traditional instruments and melody structures, and the exotic influences in turn elevates familiar dance formulas. It’s a technique that’s garnered charting hits for Major Lazer, DJ Snake and more, but how often have you listened to a traditional musician’s take on club music?
The Spy From Cairo has made this his mission. Born Moreno Visini, the musician trained in Arabic guitar from an early age, but he grew up and began his music career in Europe. He’s released two albums that explore intersections between the classic sounds of the Oud and synthetic rhythms, but for his third album, Nothing New Under the Sun, he trades that wooden Oud in for an electric one, and it takes his international style to all new heights.
A preview teaser calls it “an exploration of arabesque and electronic cosmic music spanning from disco to reggae/dub and more.” The album trailer features a ’70s disco sound with a space-age feel dropped in between classic arabesque melodies and the electric Oud. The LP’s single “Shaabi Dub (Good Things),” features Moroccan-music collective Innov Gnawa, who were recently nominated for Best Dance Recording along for his work on Bonobo‘s “Bambro Koyo Ganda.” It’s a bouncing, bassy tune that pushes the boundaries of house music rhythms with a decidedly dub undertone.
Billboard Dance is proud to exclusively present a preview of the album in full. It’s definitely a good soundtrack for exploring your inner self. Look out for Nothing New Under the Sun Friday, Dec. 1, via Wonderwheel Records, and enjoy this full-length sneak peek below.