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Classy Arab acid styles from Belgian-Tunisian DJ/producer Sara Dziri, working up her debut batch for Optimo
Landing shades away from styles explored by France’s Acid Arab ensemble, Dziri’s take unpackages it along further lines into more brooding coldwave trance and new beat electro, resulting in some uniquely absorbing avenues of exploration.
Cinematic in scope, yet anchored to proper club rhythms, the eight tracks see Dziri draw on her heritage and her current position at the locus of Belgian dance music. ‘Ali Lam’ opens with night-vision pads and hints of the Arabic percussion that come into play in the full body proper, sweeping from the mid-tempo flow of chewy 303s and microtonal drones in ‘Horizons’ to the furtive spy theme acid of ‘Fille de Racaille’ , with the widescreen design of ‘State Of Existence’ recalling the coldwave feel of earlier Marie Davidson, and ‘The Nowness’ tucks it to the darkside of slow Belgian new beat, saving a real highpoint for the lustrous finale of ‘Ka Ya Makan’.