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PHARAWAY SOUNDS

Her fourth LP, from 1979, on the eve of the coup d'etat in Turkey. (The military government hauled her into court three times.) Charged songs with reverbed guitars and baglamas about mountains, families, desolation...



Tony Allen / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble / Salah Ragab Sankofa / One Tree / Ole
The shimmering, refined funk of Sankofa takes T's Losun for its departure point; the Cairo side is a burning basement session in the Ra big-band tradition, heavy on the percussion and choca with fine solos.



Alpay Yekte
A compilation of the early-seventies singles of this Turkish footballer turned lawyer turned singer: doleful folk and classical Anatolian melodies shot through and through with heavy wah-wah.




John Berberian Expressions East
Early-sixties grooving out in the Arabic styles of the Middle East, Berberian's oud leading a small group including clarinet, qanun and percussion.
Heavy vinyl.



John Berberian Oud Artistry
Partner of the Expressions East set. Heavy vinyl, too.



Choubi Choubi! Folk And Pop Sounds From Iraq, Volume 2
Another unmissable Mark Gergis compilation of Iraqi folk and pop, from the Saddam era. Fiddles, double-reed instruments, bass, keyboards, and oud over a driving beat topped with rat-tat-tat-tat percussion...



Derdiyoklar Disko Folk
From 1979, the third album by this Anadolu pop duo based in Germany, entertaining Turkish weddings and circumcision feasts with their quite nutty electro-folk blends of plugged-in saz, guitar, drums, synths.



Derdiyoklar Coban Mamos
A ton of drunk people stomping about in a circle to the frenetic, overdubbed, distorted sound of electric saz, synthesized drums, cimbalom, and sheep sound effects: yep, Bengi Folk, Derdiyoklar-style.



DJ Sardena Studio Sardena
An invigorating sampling of the prodigious output of this joint in Matariya, Cairo. Mahragan, or electro-shaabi, stripped down Sardena-style: auto-tuned, maxed-out vocals, thumping beats, synths, wild effects.



EEK Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
Cranked-up shaabi, hotly recommended. Islam Chipsy playing synth, with drummers Khaled Mando and Islam Tata. Check film of them here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNLv5WBWe6M



Give Me Love Songs Of The Brokenhearted, Baghdad, 1925-1929
'Beautiful, haunting... spiritual reflection is sung with carnal force, songs of romance are rendered like hymns. For a few moments, on these ancient records, Baghdad sounds like paradise' (Rolling Stone).



The Golden Ring Iranian Styled 60s Garage And Other Exotic Sounds
The complete recordings of this Tehran band from late-sixties, early-seventies sevens (only) all the better for their strong Middle Eastern flavours.


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Hayvanlar Alemi Yekermo Sew
A shocking-rocking Mulatu version, and some improv. Limited, to go with the tour.



Omar Khorshid Guitar El Chark
'Amazing belly dance Arabic surf guitar psychedelic oriental lounge', from rare 1970s LPs by the king of Arab guitarists, veteran of the orchestras of Abdel Halim Hafez and Oum Kalthoum.


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