Cafe Gibraltar : "Rhythm Al-Ism" by Khen Elmaleh (Laissez Passer)


Interesting mix here incorporating loads of Middle Eastern and North African flava’s including rai, shamstep, electro chaabi and other genres like hip hop, reggae and house and even includes stuff like Vanity 6, which most Prince fans ought to already know about. Strange mixture but it works.

Kader Japonais- Nog3od Wahdi Je M’en Fous
Kami Phénomène- Mahboul
Too Short- Blow The Wistle
Shadia Mansuor Ft. Tamer Nafar & Rayess Bek & Samm & MBS- Lyrical Alliance
47Soul- Shamstep
Saad Lamjarred – Lamaalem
Kendrick Lamar- King Kunta
Reuma Abas- Wa’ana Fda Leumi (Apfelberg & Matushka Edit)
Marvin Gaye- Heavy Love Affair (The Revenge Rework)
Odyssey- Going Back To My Roots
Khaled- Raba Raba (Uproot Andy Remix)
Zaak Tanjawi Feat. Bnat Aissawa & Redson- Zemmita
L’algérino Ft. Kader Japonais- Classi
Vanity 6- Nasty Girl
Le Le- Number 1 Girl
Balqees & David Penn- Ya Hezzaly
Busy Signal- Money Flow/Greetings (Ribbidibi)
Qusai Feat. Sadat & Fifty- Umm El-Dunia
Mike Karoutchi- Bye Bye
Cheb Kader- Sel Dem Drai

This is what Café Gibraltar is about:

First and foremost, Café Gibraltar seeks to pay respect to human culture by creating a space for incredible artists who do not win their rightful place in Israel’s public discourse. We recognize that the hegemonic culture works incessantly to silence multiple voices in Israeli society in favor of a single melting pot. Thus, we actively resist this trend on a day-to-day basis by amplifying different opinions, experiences and life storie​s.More…

At the most basic level, we recognize that our physical and cultural place is in the Middle East. We are at the heart of the cradle of various cultures, living in a society of migrants and the children of migrants from all reaches of the globe. Cafe Gibraltar celebrates the rare diversity that exists here. The distinction between “high culture” and “low culture” does not exist for us. History shows that throughout time, certain cultures that were thought of as inferior and were subject to scorn, became popular in the span of a few genera​tions. We are not interested in waiting 30 years. We prefer to enjoy whatever today’s culture has to offer.



2 great mixes here exploring Middle Eastern, North African, Persian and Turkish music all unified by featuring music that is synth-led or oriented. Brilliant stuff, really enjoying these mixes.



Sarantis has been one of our favourite producers since we started this blog and we’re stoked that he decided to join our hallowed Artists Hall of Fame!

Sarantis is from Leeds has been making beats since 2002. He started with a grime release in 2005, featuring local talent Tauraus on vocals, establishing Senseless Records and following with a grimey dancehall /dubstep second release, these kind of mash ups would become a signature of trax to come by Sarantis, with mighty Warrior Queen on the vocals. More than money featuring Warrior Queen got a lot of support from djs such as Skream, Mary Anne Hobbes, Starkey, and Taso who put it in his Fabric set.

After a break for a couple of years Sarantis came back with a new sound but without forgetting his past making 160 bpm trax.

Releases on Senseless Records, Loose Squares, Modern Ruin, Booty Call followed based around the same Chicago influenced sound, but also grime and dancehall tracks came with it.

Still on the dancehall, grime and rap sound, there will be feature collaborations coming out with artists as Gala P, Crawler, and Dialect. Other vocalists Sarantis has worked with are Parly B, Dialect, Bunnington Judah, Bongo Chilli, and he has released on Black Acre, Terminal Dusk labels as well. He has support from a lot of DJs all over the world.





Sarantis – Karami EP Now Free [ARABIAN TRIBAL FOOTWORK]


You can now grab this brilliant EP for free!!!

4 years ago, we released our first Footwork EP called “Freaktion” by Middle Eastern artist Sabbo who used the American RnB scene as a major influence for the sounds on that EP.

4 years on, this time we take from Chicago, USA and go to the Middle East (via Greece & Leeds) with Sarantis for our next EP that features Footwork with some Trap, Dubstep and Grime thrown in for good measure. This new EP soaks in flavours from the Middle East region for a mind-blowing and ground-breaking collision of sounds.

It all started when Sarantis sent us a Syrian inspired Footwork track. We were mind-blown and so we asked for an EP. We shared some of our knowledge & tastes on the wealth of Middle Eastern music with him to provide some stimulation. He used some of that inspiration and came up with 3 additional tracks within 48 hours and so we now have this EP.

It’s an amazing feat considering the amount of time Sarantis spent on it and the results are simply sublime and mind-shattering. We’ve never quite heard anything like this ever before and we feel it might open up the floodgates for a Middle Eastern Footwork explosion.

The EP kicks off with “Harem”, the Syrian track that Sarantis originally came up with. It’s a brooding dark Grime/Dubstep/Footwork number that fires on all cylinders announcing the arrival of something new and sinister but totally captivating.

Next up is the title track “Karami” named after a certain Lebanese Pop Princess. Sarantis delves into Trap territory for this one, adding a certain Lebanese Pop Princess’ sampled vox and some darbuka to give it that extra oomph, whilst retaining that dark brooding mood of the EP opener!

We venture into North Africa for the next one with a Futuristic Rai number that will most surely cause an epic “Sandstorm” in the desert. The Queen of Algeria makes her graceful presence felt on this track as Sarantis weaves her call and response vocals on top of some crazy Tribal Footwork beats.

Finally, the EP closes with the funkiest track on the EP; “Leila’s Kiss” is firmly planted on your cheek. An uplifting Juke track where the worlds of Iran and Algeria collide with the West to create not war but exceptional cinematic beauty.

DOWNLOAD it for free in glorious WAV format from BANDCAMP:




Great bunch of pr0grammes here, which provide an excellent insight into some of the Transnational Roots genres that we love here at Generation Bass!