Daily Archives: July 22, 2012
A mix of traditional Arabic instruments and dub reggae, The Spy from Cairo is a two album compilation of musician and producer Moreno-Zeb Visini. Known commonly as Zeb, this innovator has created over 10 albums over the past twelve years that have brought new sounds to American turntables.
Like most of his previous albums, The Spy from Cairo samples the untapped mysterious and ancient sounds of the Middle East. Ultimately creating catchy and psychedelic beats that are still rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.
In his latest album Arabadub, which dropped in May 2012, the sounds veer away from the heavy instrumentals and find a more pleasing balance between the eastern traditional folk elements and the more western dub/reggae beats. A prime example being “Egyptian Pulse”:
You can find most of the tracks featured on Soundcloud and itunes. In the meantime, check out this animated video to the opening track off Arabadub- “Alladin Dub”, made in homage to the once popular and traditional role of puppetry in the Middle East.
This track was released last year as a part of sMILOdon’s Watts EP, and it has been on repeat in my deck ever since. From the rocksteady riddim supporting the intro, to the laid back moving body of the song, sMILOdon has brought forth the energy of the Most High with this one. Big ups to DopeLabs for the fresh film.
There’s good people around, you know happy people, lively people, you know vibes people…
Love the music!