09th Apr2004

Various ‘Sahara Lounge’ (Putumayo)

by ukvibe

Middle East meets beats, perfectly summed up by Sharif’s opener ‘Shiraz’ what a brilliant track, enchanting Persian/Iranian traditional classical music featuring the santur enveloping a wave of electronica and produced by Ramin Sakurai (Supreme Beings Of Leisure). Other ones to note are Dahmane El Harrachi and the Sonar remix of ‘Ya Rayah’. the wonderfully named ‘Soap Kills’ from Lebanon and ‘Dub4me’ and Jasmon (feat. Mohammed Mounir) with ‘Hanina’. There’s 6 rare & previously unreleased tracks amongst the 12. Highly recommended.

Graham Radley

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