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The playlist: the best Middle Eastern and North African music of 2015 – with Insanlar, Melechesh and Mdou Moctar | Musique Non Stop

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

The playlist: the best Middle Eastern and North African music of 2015 – with Insanlar, Melechesh and Mdou Moctar

From a Purple Rain tribute that doesn’t have the word purple to the keyboard king of the Nile delta, here are some of the year’s best soundtracks, metal and more

This amazing slice of Turkish psych disco was recorded live at MiniMüzikhol studios in Istanbul in 2010. Thanks to Honest Jon’s, it finally got a full UK release – backed by two decent Ricardo Villalobos remixes – earlier this year. These time-dilating grooves, pitch-shifted vocals (the lyrics are modernised verses by the 17th-century poet Kul Nesîmî and 16th-century poet Pir Sultan Abdal), acid house beeps and blats, not to mention smoking bağlama jamming, all add up to an essential Balearic-sounding classic that never outstays its welcome, even at 24 minutes long.

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by John Doran via Electronic music | The Guardian