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Post-chaabi/Mahraganat rockets by Cairene dynamo 3Phaz, blazing on from turns with 100Copies and our Documenting Sound series in 2020 via a searing clutch of Egyptian grime/street-rave RIYL DJ Plead, Zuli, Eek & islam Chipsy, Errorsmith!
A major look for modern rhythm fiends, ‘Ends Meet’ is arguably 3Phaz’s definitive solo release and a new high water mark of hardcore dance music. Arriving on Discrepant’s discerning “weird beats” sub-label Souk Records, the seven tracks galvanise traditional Egyptian Arabic rhythmic torque and microtonal melodies with aspects of hyper-contemporary Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American and western club music in a deadly style at each turn, capturing a fresh new energy that reflects the adventurous thrust and identity of present day Cairo youth movements.
Between the pendulous dancehall/dembow-esque ’Sharayet’ to the reckless velocity of ’Shabber’ the styles are immediately self-evident from top to bottom, but with a finely tempered emotive quality and tonal colour palette that elevates it all and keeps our interest piqued, at the least. Cut to cut he locates an abundance of crafty variation within the theme, flinging bodies between the whipsmart stepper ‘Phlutes’ with its needlepoint tension of synthetic wind and drum trills, to bolshier downtempo swag with high-wire vamps in ‘Labash’, and the seething hardcore pressure of ’Shoulder Dance’ and ‘Pivot (Msh Shayef Version)’, with the deep forward darkside tilt of ‘3P Type Beat’ splitting the difference between Errorsmith and an Arabic Optical & Ed Rush roller.