The “Under Frustration” project takes stock of the contemporary Arab electronic scene, and highlights its astonishing diversity, by deconstructing Western clichés that are still fantasizing about a culturally homogenous Arab world. In a context of post-revolutionary disillusion, this ambitious trilogy sets itself as a manifesto of a new, futuristic, underground wave that aims to uplift the Arab voice, once again.
With this new release, Arabstazy allows the listener to walk among Shiite, Shaabi or Stambali lands - revealing new mystical sounds, reserved for trance ceremonies and ancestral rituals; all vivid in the eyes of the collective members, musicians, producers, videographers and photographers, nowadays, scattered between the United States, Tunisie, Germany, France, Sweden, Irak, Liban and Poland.
released September 13, 2019
Curated by Arabstazy
Produced by Shouka
Published by InFiné
supported by 4 fans who also own “Under Frustration - Vol. 2”
Allah Be Praised - this is stunning.
The way these tracks develop their almost tidal pulses of undulating vocal loops borders on hypnotic.
My only criticism is the length of the songs; I wish they were twice as long!
This is true world music: a blend of style and sound that speaks of place, yet defies convention. Some of the best beats you'll hear anywhere, set to sampled chants and other highly evocative sounds.
I hope a full, double-length LP of music of this calibre is in the pipeline. Michael Mueller