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    Default Near/Middle East dance musics (vintage + modern)

    edits of 70s Turkish disco/rock, edits of Ahmed Fakroun, Omar Khorshid, etc, Baris K, Mehmet Aslan, Bouzouki Joe, Disco Halal, Habibi Funk, Omar Souleyman, Acid Arab, A-Wa, etc. Local Turkish, Arab (Middle East, North Africa), Persian musics recontextualized into a Westernish dance (disco, house, acid, balearic, whatever) context, sometimes by DJs, sometimes via edit/remix, sometimes via local or foreign musicians hybridizing. not totally new - Factory licensing "N'Sel Fik" (whence "we are ie") in the 80s is only one example - but definitely blossoming in the age of everything gets reissued/is on YT, and unlike some of those rediscovered (by Westerners) scenes, still a going concern with relevant contemporary figures. tbc not only am I not an expert, I don't even have a sense of the big picture like I do with, say, West African music. I just hear bits and pieces I like. I'll start us off with a few with minimal commentary. if there are any folks still around who know what's up, please drop the knowledge. it is definitely something I'm interested in hearing more of. when it's on it's like everything you've ever wanted music to be.

    some/all of these may be known to experts or people who pay attention to certain areas of dance music. some of them I've known for awhile, some I only heard recently.


    this is one is pretty famous I think. Turkish Disco Folk. the whole Moog Edits LP is pretty good.

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    the original trv kvlt Turkish Disco folk/greatest wedding band in the history of the universe

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    seriously tho @ my dude shredding behind the back/head guitar solos inna Van Halen stylee. + the costumes. the extended drum solo.

    one of those videos that is the reason YT exists

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    none of the modern edits can touch the original

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    also pretty famous? totally slots in with DAF and other dark/sexy industrial/EBM/postpunk of the era

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    the single track that most exemplifies what this thread idea is about I think. if you know about more tunes like this, tell me asap.

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    blew my goddamn mind the first time I heard it. music video also very tight.

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    the Acid Arab mix is also good, and this live performance is FIRE. could totally fit into an EBM/New Beat context, or Chicago/acid house.

    is that crazy sounding instrument an electric oud? maybe a synth playing an oud line? someone less ignorant please tell me. I think hand-claps/shouting on the offbeat thing is a consistent feature of some Arab dance musics? features on the Tanki Tanki edi + I've heard it in some Souleyman tracks. also obv reminiscent of various kinds of American rap.

    anyway, another please tell me if you know more tracks like this one

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    another track that inspires this thread

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    h/t to thirdform for hipping me to this one. Turkish Cluster/Neu plus Erkin Koray style heavy shreddin guitar. even more shreddin maybe.

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    I know I'm lumping a bunch of different things together but you see what I'm talking about

    tbc clear that's a personal cream of the crop, I've also heard plenty stuff that's meh to pretty bad. the good stuff is so, so good tho.

    probably just be me tossing up random jams as I hear em but maybe this'll draw out a lurking expert or two

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    all YT vids ofc welcome but if anyone has anything meaningful to say, that would also be cool. I know a bit of rai, dabke, etc but I'm pretty ignorant in general here.

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    alright, just me then (tho I see u, sufi - drop some jams!), no worries. can't all just be luka thread archaeology, as entertaining as that frequently is.


    more funky kosmiche Egyptian disco, by high-level percussion master. this + next one remind of Ras Michael + the Sons of Negus, for whatever reason.

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    full-on tripped the fuck out intense percussion/whooshing electronics jam. I wish I could play this record for Walter Gibbons.

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    p cool mix, includes a couple of the people I've posted, as well as Ihasan al Munzer. if anyone knows the jam @16:53, holler.

    + that's all I have for the moment. there's also a buncha cool Turkey, Iran (prob Arab too but idk) fuzzy guitars, but that's a different thread.

    back with more tunes as I hear em.

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