Acid Arab – Djazirat El Maghreb EP

August 16, 2015



This september, Acid Arab celebrate their third birthday and the release of a first EP on Versatile. From Acid Arab, you knew the ‘Collections’ series: three EPs and one album, featuring a lot of guests (Omar Souleyman vs Crackboy, I:Cube, Legowelt, Pilooski, Gilb’R). It took the band that long to finally release a whole record of their songs. It’s called ‘Djazirat El Maghreb’ and it’s a tribute to North Africa and its three countries, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. First track is called ‘Mogador’, the old name for famous port city Essaouira in Morocco. A 6/8 rhythm, increased with traditional krakebs percussions, leads the dancers to trance, while the trance of electronics grows imperceptibly bigger and bigger. On b-side, track one is called ‘Hafla’, which means ‘party’ in arabic. It features an old algerian rhythm called Alaoui, used in dance parties but as well in Chaabi music. It also features Acid Arab keyboard player Kenzi Bourras on fire on a couple of solos. ‘Amal‘ is an homage to tunisian percussions and traditional mezwed, a word that designs an arabic pipe but also a style of music that you can hear all over the country. For this song the iranian musician Saeid Shanbehzadeh offered great notes of neyanbān, which is another version of the bagpipe. All songs have been recorded in Shelter Studio, Paris, by Acid Arab (Nicolas Borne, Pierrot Casanova, Hervé Carvalho & Guido Minisky) and their guests. Cover courtesy of MerjiDiary of the Bled, Day 423.

VER104 : Acid Arab – Djazirat El Maghreb EP

01 – Mogador (Club Version)
02 – Hafla (Instrumental)
03 – Amal

Out on digital October 9th 2015, on vinyl October 23rd 2015



Mogador is INTENSE. Shuffle tech sounding great! Josh Wink
great ! Ame
Hard pushed to choose a favourite but I’ll take Hafla – thank you, another fab record Optimo
all wonderful sounds. AMAL is really fantastic! LOVE LOVE LOVE Trevor Jackson
Crazy :) Melon
super! Superpitcher
Huge fun of Acid arab releases so far..One more great record this is. And.ID
More greatness! Argy
Outstanding release!!! Hafia is a total killer!!! Nathan Gregory Wilkins
Excellent le “Mogador” quelle ambiance dans ce track ! Fabrice Lig
Mogador & Amal are awesome! Nuno dos Santos
GREAT!! Eric Duncan
a huge fan of the acid arabs so excited to receive this A fantastic selection of music indeed loving the Pesian influenced Ama Neil Thorton
sick one, Hafla is suberb Tensnake
Mogador is cool Jacques Renault
this is very cool! Low Jack
outstanding ! dOP
I’m happy to see the serie continues. Fantastic once again. Drumpoet Community
Genial. Comme toujours. Tellement intelligent. Ariel Wizman

Played by Richie Hawtin, Erol Alkan, Gilles Peterson, Damian Lazarus, Maceo Plex, Marco Carola

Artists: , ,