The greatest thing about the current Electronic Arabic music renaissance is when young Arabs like this dude and our own Dimmit & Bazoga take up the mantle and show how it should be done.

We first covered El Mahdy Jr after his initial release with Boomarm Nation last June.

He follows that up with this new release on French label Danse Noir which contains 5 tracks including a remix.

It’s another dark, grimey affair with the “Last Bridge” track really catching my attention.

Snippets from the upcoming EP ‘Gasba Grime’, by El Mahdy Jr.
out June 9, 2014 / 12″ & digital on Danse Noire
Including a remix by Killing Sound (Young Echo, Blackest Ever Black)

1. Zarga
2. Gasba Grime
3. Lost Bridge
4. Crack-Addicted Bellydancer
5. Lost Bridge (Killing Sound Version)


The next missive from the French-Swiss collective Danse Noire run by Aïsha Devi comes from the shadowy Algerian producer El Mahdy Jr. Recently talking to Wire Magazine El Mahdy Jr. says “Music ain’t just music. For me the hidden story and the cultural background of a tune is always more attractive than the musical composition.”

Following up on his Boomarm Nation releases, El Mahdy Jr.’s forthcoming ‘Gasba Grime’ EP ventures towards new territory weaving haunting Arabesque samples into his skittering club constructions. The crippled tribal beats of “Zarga” and “Crack Addicted Belly Dancer” refine the ideas presented on last year’s excellent ‘The Spirit of Fucked Up Places’, but the title track “Gasba Grime” which combines eastern sensibilities with a relentless grime swings into something more geared towards the dancefloor. The release’s hypnotic centerpiece “Lost Bridge” emanates an introspective, meditative quality merging lurching rhythms with mournful strings and vocal samples. The EP is rounded out by a stellar remix of “Lost Bridge” from Blackest Ever Black’s Killing Sound (Vessel, El Kid, Jabu).

The third release on the rising Danse Noire label (Aïsha Devi, Vaghe Stelle), El Mahdy Jr’s contribution perfectly captures the label’s outsider spirit, seeking higher levels of ancestral consciousness by using music as their ritual medium of communication.

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