Manipulating Oriental melodies and rhythms with digital software seems in vogue - once again. This is what this collection of grime, dub-, breakcore-, hip-hop-, noise-, new-wave-dabké- and mahragan-tracks seems to suggest. Is this yet another Orientalist Trap? Or do many of these tracks go beyond Electro-Arab-Tracks of the late 1990s and early 2000s?
Musicians About their Tracks
«‹Douga Douga› represent an imaginary landscape, a Saharan dream let’s say. I tried to build that with the rhythmic structure and Mauritanian vocal samples.» (El Mahdy Jr., Turkey, 2014)
«‹Theme› was our very first track, and it was exactly as we dreamed: dark, cold, techno and oriental, without the use of a big sample.» (Acid Arab, France, 2014)
«You picked one of my favourite songs: Egyptronica in it’s true bold & original form.» (Machine Eat Man, Egypt, 2014)
«Most important in the track ‹sho hal meshkleh› is respect. U have to respect humans in most cases, and u have to stay humble no matter what, but … there’s always exceptions to any rule.» (Edd Abbas, Lebanon, 2014)
Some of the Tracks