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Electric Jalabaالحال El Hal / The Feeling

Electric Jalaba - الحال El Hal / The Feeling album cover
Label:Strut – STRUT226LP
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK & Europe
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Genre:Electronic, Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style:African

Tracklist

A1Tora Tora
A2Cubaili Ba
A3Agia Hausa
A4Daimla
B1Fulan
B2Shabakru
B3Briando
B4Lagmami
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Notes

Gnawa psychedelic

On sticker: "... featuring Maroccan master musician Simo Lagnawi and Soundspecies."

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  • Barcode: 4062548014259

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  • Varejao17's avatar
    Varejao17
    Great sounding album with an infectious merging of Moroccan/West African rhythms and English club grooves. My pressing is a little wavy but is clean and clear sound wise.
    • Black-Monk's avatar
      Black-Monk
      ELECTRIC JALABA -EL HAL / THEFEELING
      Electric Jalaba comprises six accomplished musicians with an empathy that feels telepathic and a groove that immerses. In Arabic, the mother tongue of Moroccan-born singer and guimbri player Simo Lagnawi, a leading practitioner of Gnawa music in Britain, they call this indefinable quality, “El Hal” – “The feeling”.
      “It’s the feeling that comes when we’re playing and totally forgetting where we are,” says producer and bassist Olly Keen. “The feeling of being grabbed by the music and lost in the groove.” ‘El Hal / The Feeling’ is the new third album from Electric Jalaba and their first release in five years. It’s a multi-faceted work that finds the band tighter than ever, deploying a vast cache of influences across nine tracks improvised and developed in their south London studio then deftly produced by Keen. Some tracks pay homage to the origins of Gnawa music, whose repertoire of Arabic-language praise songs contains remnants of West African dialects – Bambara from Mali, Fulani and Hausa from the Sahel region – that point to a centuries-old migration.

      “The trance-inducing effect of Gnawa was what hit us first. It was visceral, heart stopping,” continues Olly, whose siblings – producer / keys player Henry Keen, guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Keen and singer / multi-instrumentalist
      Barnaby Keen – make up Electric Jalaba alongside revered Anglo-Italian kit drummer Dave De Rose and Simo on vocals, krakeb and guimbri. “Simo selected the chant from the traditional song suites and, as a band, we extended these short pieces of ceremonial music and experimented with sound and structure,” explains Olly. Tracks include the Juno-led dancefloor single ‘Cubaili Ba’, ‘Agia Hausa’, a multi-layered wig-out that partly takes its inspiration from Senegal’s fiercely percussive mbalax rhythms and ‘Daimla’, a gloriously dubby ode to Allah and iconic maalems including the late Mahmoud Guinea. “There’s a very strong rhythmic element within the band but because of our different perspectives but the melodic components are really unique as well,” says Henry. That feeling of being outside of yourself but totally within yourself at the same time… That’s what all of us, collectively, are striving for.”

      KEY POINTS

      Third album from Electric Jalaba, fusing gnawa with electronics
      Produced by Olly Keen and Henry Keen aka Sound Species
      Features the singles ‘Cubaili Ba’, ‘Daimla’ and ‘Fulan’
      Artwork by Raimund Wong

      Packaging: 1LP single sleeve with 12” insert sheet

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