Infatuated with the similarities between the hard driving gridlines of European dance music and the repetitious nature that binds disparate folk music from all corners of North Africa and the Middle East together, Parisian dance duo Acid Arab have sought to enlist some of the most innovative and forward thinking producers from their native France and beyond, to bring these sonic cousins together on their pulsating new Acid Arab Collections.
Acid Arab's Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho's trip to Tunisia with DJ Gilb'R from Versatile lead to this fascination with eastern music and it's codes. From there, the pair obsessively absorbed all they could of these newly-discovered sounds, digesting styles and cultures. "We wanted to take to take these codes and use analogue techno devices (beatboxes, bassline machines etc.) to create something new," they say. "An oriental acid music which combines the coldness of techno and the emotional and dramatic power of the east."
Minisky and Carvalho profess huge respect for the historic sounds that they are adopting into their own creative process, keen to highlight it rather than subsume it under their existing musical habits. "Talking about mixing suggests a split, a binary vision of an occidental vs. oriental world. This is beyond that. We don't paste oriental sounds on occidental beats, we want to embody both cultures without pretending to reinvent oriental music or fooling ourselves by believing we're inventing eastern dance music," they say.
1. Rikslyd 'Oriented'
2. Omar Souleyman 'Shift Al Mani' (Crackboy rmx)
3. Professor Genius 'Couronne'
4. Hanaa Ouassim ft. Turzi, Judah Warsky, Dj Gilb'R 'Madad'
5. Pilooski 'The Wizzard Edit'
6. Acid Arab 'Berberian Wedding'
7. I:Cube ' (Le bon vieux temps)' (red tape version)
8. Danny Mahboune 'Ouzou Mneha (live at Belleville)'
9. Renart 'Sahra Min Tahab'
10 DimmiT 'Blash'
11. Etienne Jaumet 'The Cheikh Arrives"
12. Acid Arab, Fred Avril, Shadi Khries 'Samira'
13. Mattia 'Surabaya'