Boomkat Product Review:
Trance-inducing Chaabi psychedelia from Lebanon’s Praed duo for Paris’ ever intriguing Akuphone label. In four parts, including two treks over the 15 minute mark, Paed Conca and Raed Yassin conjure a unique mixture of street-level Chaabi dance music and far flung influence from jazz and psychedelia. Killer, frenzied microtonal dervishes and lysergic horns at play inside...
“This is the ultimate kit to prepare calmly for the sixth extinction! The Lebanese duo delivers a raging interpretation of the chaabi – popular Arabic music – using synthesizers, drum Machines, samples and other devices. The result is hypnotic and psychedelic, on the verge of trance. The clarinet of Paed Conca and the soaring lyricism of Raed Yassin sound like distant calls for help emerging from a world that is falling apart and slipping away.
The record itself is enhanced by its sleeve – designed by the Lebanese artist Raphaëlle Macaron – printed in 5 Pantone colors making it as explosive as the music.”