Monday sees the release of the Acid Arab ‘Collection’ LP, the culmination of a series of releases on Versatile Records from the Parisian duo. For those that may not be aware of Acid Arab (aka Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho), a wonderful summary of their approach to the creative process can be found on the press release for the ‘Collection’. It talk about the similarities between ‘the hard driving gridlines of European dance music’ and the ‘repetitious nature that binds disparate folk music from all corners of North Africa and the Middle East’. Whilst this is in hindsight a fair association, it’s not a path that many have ventured down in recent history.
Rather than an album of Acid Arab material, ‘Collection’ is a group of tracks that the duo feel go some way towards summarising their adventures into the north African Arabic diaspora. An excellent summary of the approach and combination of influences can be heard in one of two tracks by the duo on the record, ‘Samira’. This could be because of its more ‘traditional’ and organic structure, or maybe perhaps because of its relative lack of intensity, but either way it’s a compelling 6 minutes.
Check out a sampler of the album right here, and listen to the aforementioned ‘Samira’ in full below. The release is out on 10th February.