Buy now at the Real World store : cd. Speed Caravan. Released 14 September The system. Electrified, amplified and fuelled by creative fire, the Paris-based quartet charge towards a psychedelic horizon; slaloming through rock, dance, electro, hiphop, world and other music — blazing a trail with raised fists, a hand brake turn and a sharp spray of desert sand.
Haddab is a virtuoso of the classical oud, that fretless Arabic lute beloved of Middle Eastern orchestras and an instrument with a history stretching back over 5, years.
Inspired by traditional players such as post WW2 sensation Udi Hrant Kenkulian, a blind Armenian Turk who eased the oud into popular music by rearranging traditional songs, Haddab mastered the instrument and took it with him into French global electronica trio Ekova and the acclaimed experimental duo DuOud. Haddab also happens to be a virtuoso of rock.
Growing up in Algiers, the son of an electronic engineer whose vinyl collection included Beatles, Stones, Creedence and a lot of psychedelia, he started playing guitar aged five. There are so many problems in Algeria; it helps them let their anger out. Laden with special guests and throbbing with raw rock energy it references everyone from The Daddy Lolo - Speed Caravan - Kalashnik Love and The Chemical Brothers to Algerian rai and other Arabic influences.
Rewind, for a moment, to After signing up electronic beat mistress and former Ekova member Hermione Frank, Speed Caravan started playing live as a trio. Word of mouth spread. The bookings kept on coming. The More - Various - Summer of Love 2017 multitude of other artists marvelled, too. Many clamoured to climb aboard.
Kalashnik Love duly boasts an army of like-minded collaborators: sound engineer and sonic architect David Hussar. Want politics? Erotic Chiftetelli is an aural pitstop that caresses and revives via oud, guitars and sensual feminine whispers. Even speed caravans need to take a break. Buoyed by percussionists Arnaud Dieterlen, Rocky Singh and Raban Khalfa usually heard backing Algerian chanteuse Souad Massi the Udi Hrant tune Parov Yegar Siroon Var begins measured and thoughtful then revs off into space; the same percussion trio are there on Idemo Dalje, a track that features a traditional Bulgarian melody courtesy of young Serbian synthesiser prodigy, Viorel Tajkuna.
Remixes of both tracks add final touches to the album: celebrated British producer Sidestepper gives us a visionary Daddy Lolo. There is no instrument for me that is better. In Trance. A Town Called Addis. Dub Colossus. The long-awaited follow up to their critically-acclaimed debut is out on 24 January Looking back on a busy twelve months for the record label in the year of our 30th birthday.
And music —loud music— is the thing that helps me channel it. Kalashnik Love is, then, some album; one born of rage, and rock, and love. Words by Jane Precipice - Various - Give Em The Boot III. This is no fragrant Arabesque album but grungy, amplified, mongrel fusion. While buoyed up by percussion, bass guitar and Les délinquants - Michel Fugain - Michel Fugain deftly placed electronica, the quartet's Daddy Lolo - Speed Caravan - Kalashnik Love selling point is the electric oud lute of Mehdi Haddab, formerly of experimental duo DuOud.
An admirer of traditional oud players such as post-war sensation Udi Hrant, as well as rock behemoths including The Rolling Stones and on occasion Megadeth, Haddab has fused history and technical brilliance with rage and energy, and created something quite phenomenal. Further Listening. Recorded live at Real World Studios to capture the spirit of JuJu's ecstatic, trance-like performances on stage— channelling hypnotic rhythms from traditional Africa, leftfield jazz and the wilder end of rock and showcasing the unique strengths of new band members Dave Smith and Billy Fuller.
Dub Colossus collaborate with some of Ethiopia's finest performers. Utilising Azmari Daddy Lolo - Speed Caravan - Kalashnik Love traditional styles as well as the popular singing styles of the 60s and 70s the album seeks to combine the golden years The Traitor Must Pay (Remix) - Malevolent Creation - Demo 1987 Ethiopique beats and Ethiojazz with the dub reggae styles of early 70s groups like the Abyssinians and the Mighty Diamonds.
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