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Saturday, Sep 10 2016 | 07:25
Image: 1606366 The debut album from the mighty Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab, who have been putting European festival and club audiences under a spell with their intoxicating blend of sharp Western electronic music with Eastern sounds and vocals. Also available as 140g vinyl with deluxe packaging and download card included.

Formed in 2012 by Parisian DJs Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho, their concept was to create a space for Arab culture in the world of contemporary electronic music. They laid down groundwork by releasing several EPs (the Collections series) on electronic music label Versatile, featuring collabs, remixes and tracks by other artists.

No banging techno spiced up with darbouka samples here… no standard dance music with orientalist clichés: Acid Arab's music is sincere and deep. It's not a collage, not an appropriation, not even a "fusion". It originates from encounters on equal terms between different worlds. Between instruments, rhythms, melodic modes, musical technologies… and people.

For 'Musique de France', Acid Arab have worked with a number of guests. To paint a complete picture, they needed voices, and some instruments: keyboards played by Kenzi Bourras and stellar Syrian musician Rizan Said. There's vocals and saz playing by Istanbul's Cem Yildiz (who wrote the famous song Kime ne for his band Insanlar), and vocals by Yemenite sister trio A-WA (who gained plenty of international kudos with the very first song they released, Habibi Galbi, which got remixed by Acid Arab). And collaborations with Paris-based luminaries of Franco-Arabic music such as rocker Rachid Taha, raï fusion pioneer Sofiane Saidi, as well as gnawa musician/singer Jawad El Garrouge.

https://soundcloud.com/crammed-discs/acid-arab-buzq-blues
https://soundcloud.com/thump/acid-arab-feat-sofiane-saidi-la-hafla
Available from 07.10.2016
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