Really fantastic music, with a sound that's as hip as the image on the cover – not jazz as we know it here in the US, but a wonderful hybrid of our own musical roots with elements of Sudanese music – all delivered with a very postmodern mish-mash of styles, and a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The blend is a bit like some of the hybrids that were occurring in Ethiopian music at the time – and is maybe as unique as some of those classic recordings – with vocals that have a stretched-out style with lots of inflections, set up next to jagged rhythms that often have as much guitar in the groove as percussion, topped with offbeat reed passages that use lots of very cool tuning! Maybe the best release so far from this wonderful label – with titles that include "El Bambi", "Ya Shagini", "Aziza", "Malak Ya Saly", "Argos Farfish", and "Kamar Dawa". LP, Vinyl record album
Attarazat Addahabia & Faradjallah —
Al Hadaoui ... LP HabibiFunk, 1973. New Copy ...
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Monstrous funk from Morocco – unreleased material recorded in 1973, with a sound that should have revolutionized North Africa at the time! The group works here in a really raw blend of heavy percussion and riffing guitar – produced with lots of edge and echo, and delivered with the spirited vibe you'd expect from the ensemble's appearance on the cover! There's plenty of criss-crossing between the lead and chorus vocals on the set – but the guitar gets plenty of space too, and has this really sharp quality that's clearly informed by psych, but funkier overall – and very different than any work of the sort from farther down the continent. Drums are super-heavy, and the basslines match as well – on titles that include "Albaki", "Taali", "Chamaa", "Aflana", "Kaddaba", "Moulate Salef", and "Al Hadaoui". LP, Vinyl record album
A really mindblowing set of music from late 70s Lebanon – an ambitious blend of jazzy instrumentation, poetic vocals, and larger instrumental impulses – all with this soaring sort of energy that reminds us of some of the more complex Brazilian records of the 70s, or of some of our favorite genre-crossing projects on the Saravah Records label! Most of the tracks feature sweet electric piano lines next to these crispy guitar riffs – flowing with a style that's open and a bit breezy, but given a nice sort of grounding by the vocals of Issam Hajali – an artist who's clearly trying to find a more universal sort of spirit with this album! The whole thing is quite tough to put in words, but has that extra special sort of vibe that's made some of the best of these HabibiFunk reissues so amazing – music we never would have heard otherwise, with titles that include "Lam Azal", "Khobs", "Intazirne", "Yawma Konna", "Ada", and "Ana Damir El Motakallim.". LP, Vinyl record album