I’ve been waiting for this album to drop for absolute yonks it seems and now it is finally here at long last. It’s a project by Y.A.S. who consist of Mirwais & Yasmine.
Afgahan born Mirwais Ahmadzaï, yes from MIRWAIS, who worked with MADONNA. He has been rated among the five greatest contemporary producers (alongside Timbaland and Dr Dre) by Esquire Magazine.
Yasmine Hamdan is from one of my favourite Lebanese bands SOAPKILLS whom she fronts with my mate HAMDAN ZEID whose brilliant Arabic dub track I had licensed for one of my recent commrecial releases.
The press release says:
“YAS IS THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL ELECTRO PROJECT THAT PLACES ARABIC LANGUAGE AT THE CENTER OF POP CULTURE! No exoticism but transgression, sulphur and genius, where Arabic discovers a new ultra-modern youth……That’s YAS: a terrific shot of Arabic electro-pop that goes to your head and gets your pelvis moving. In the 20th century pop culture is an Anglo Saxon affair. In 2008, plate tectonics called YAS revolutionize the world’s geo-cultural order; it’s now between Kabul, Beirut and Paris that it’s happening. A new crusade of liberation: Electro Kasbah!”
I can tell you, I’ve heard the whole album and it’s the sort of thing that I LOVE, being into all things Arabic music-wise. It is certainly ahead of its time in the sense that it is the first time that vocals sung in the ARABIC language have been credibly placed alongside cutting edge Western Electro beats and so it gets a MASSIVE THUMBS UP from me.
Here is 1 track to get you into the mood but go and download the album from I-TUNES!