photo manipulation by nacrowe
i was made aware of araabMUZIK back during my PEACE CORPS days when i was in a cold, inhospitable ALBANIAN mountain town by the KOSOVO border called KUKES. i remember feeling isolated, like i was lost at sea. one one hand that feeling can be absolutely invigorating, as you are in a mental and physical space that has no bearings on your old reality. on the other hand this new reality over time becomes your new normal and eventually upon returning home you are met with reverse culture shock (which in my opinion is much much worse).
i am usually not one to get into dance music, with many notable exceptions (DAFT PUNK, APHEX TWIN, AUTECHRE, BONOBO, CORNELIUS, SQUAREPUSHER, etc), but the MPC magic of araabMUZIK on his ELECTRONIC DREAM LP (DUKE PRODUCTIONS, 2011) at once felt wholly alien and incredibly intoxicating, just these washes of sound pushing you up skyward. it was the perfect soundtrack for getting lost in a foreign land.
i definitely recommend checking out anything the HARLEM beat-maker is involved in. ELECTRONIC DREAM is still the rare dance album i have nostalgia for.