Versatile’s Acid Arab have spent the last few years mining the unexpectedly fertile pasture between traditional Middle Eastern music and contemporary techno. Over their 12″s the pair have hosted a series of great remixes of Arabic music from the likes of Legowelt and I:Cube, but its often their own compositions that shine brightest.
Samira, a collaboration with Fred Avril and Shadi Khries, stays truer to its Arabic roots than many of Acid Arab’s releases. It retains the super-swung rhythms, soaring strings and lovelorn vocals of much contemporary Arabic music (the lyrics of the chorus stating rather simply ‘love isn’t very good’), but what the duo have tweaked is put to destructive effect. A huge bassline sways beneath the arrangement, clipped synths ramp up the energy, while the introduction of a long breakdown leads to a momentous drop sure to add an exotic swing to the dancefloor.