This is a bit of a personal mix for me. Though I normally DJ house and techno, I wanted to make a mixtape of some of the music I discovered when I spent three years working and travelling around the Middle East and North Africa. I first referenced some of these tracks on the blog with a pair of playlists, Arabesque 1 and 2.

I was amazed at the range of music out there, so little of which seems to penetrate to the west, where many have a very stereotyped idea of what ‘arab music’ sounds like.

The mixtape is a kaleidoscope of genres, tempos and time periods, with music both commercial and obscure, stitched together with some street recordings from the countries where I travelled. It starts with classic pop and funk, what some people in the UK might expect from Arab music, before moving through hip hop into techno and experimental electronics, showing the dizzying range and vitality of the music currently coming out of the Arab world.

Tracklist:

King Ghazi presents Abu Sayah – Artists warming up
زياد الرحباني – وقمح
Fairuz – Habbeytak Bessayf
Cheb Khaled – Wahran Wahran
Ziad Rahbani – Abu Ali
Ahmed Fakroun – Nisyan
Cairo street recording
Dali Chebil – Jmal Ely Yhader
Osloob – كونى صبارة
Soap Kills – Cheftak
Gaafar Touffar – يا بحر خدني معك
Tunis street recording
Jerusalem In My Heart – Al Affaq, Lau Mat, Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau
Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy – Darraje
Deena Abdelwahed – Jalel Brick Rrumi
حسن البرنس – مفيش صاحب يتصاحب
Acid Arab – Samira
King Ghazi Presents Abu Sayah – Shamaleh (Gilb-R Mix)
Zuli – Robotic Handshakes in 4D
Afghan Project – Gleb
Ismael – Aftertalk
Omrr – Impeccable (She Likes Tulips)
Kids playing in Tunis