I don’t know much about Raja Zahr or his music to be honest, he is, it would seem, a rather elusive character. But if you did want to find out more you better start saving those pennies as the Lebanon LP that ‘Drum Sequence’ is taken from fetches up to £450 on Discogs.
The original track, sampled by Daphni (aka Caribou) on his track ‘Springs’, gets the edit treatment by Psychemagik on their compilation ‘Magik Cyrkles’, an edit that provides one of the more twisted moments in an otherwise meandering stroll through impeccably chosen cuts of hazy funk, cosmic rock and too-slow-to-disco chuggers. Psychemagik have put out a slew of 12s recently but it’s their ‘Magik…’ compilations that do it for me and their recent ‘Magik Sunset’ doesn’t disappoint. Get them all. Get them all now.
Dutch producer Dollkraut sweeps in with a dark & funky jam. Sounding like a jacked up gypsy robot has been shot into the stratosphere, it dings and whizzes. It’s got a good old fashioned breakdown as well, before we return to the welcome funky thump toward the end of the track. Hypnotic sound – and a cracking little cover. All in all worthy produce. Bravo.
Hopefully more to come over the course of the year… watch this space.
Having spent my formative years mashing my brains out at uni in Birmingham’s Custard Factory, one of my first touch touch points in electronic music was catching the tail end of the lingering jungle scene.
I came across this epic little number in the vintage vinyl market on Brick Lane. What drew me to this record was the artwork on the sleeve, very seductive! As soon as I got home and put the record on I knew I was onto a winner.
I’ve been revisiting the Jules Holland show recently, something I was brought up on as a kid. Skipping through one Sunday night, Cheik Lo’s ‘Degg Gui’ immediately held my attention. Building through from afro ditty to euphonic full band affair, it just delights.