Album: Tapan Meets Generation Taragalte – Atlas

More great culture clashing from Soundway as Marrakech meets Belgrade with stunning results!

More great culture clashing from Soundway Records as Marrakech meets Belgrade with stunning results! 

Atlas sees the label pairing industrial, techno and tribal music makers TAPAN with nomadic Touareg electrified desert-blues group Generation Taragalte.

This unique one-off recording created at the Atlas Electronic festival in Morocco in 2018 between the two distinctly different artists, is a heady brew of electronic-drone jazz, mantric chanting and psychedelic guitar riffs. 

Opener ‘Jbit Aala Khiam’ is the jewel in the crown, with Generation Taragalte’s funky guitar riffs, vocals and immersive percussion taking the lead while TAPAN’s dark electronics nestle moodily in the background. The pounding beat, saxophone wails and chanted vocals of ‘Aha Yazine Kaymaltou’ are deeply entrancing, and you won’t be able to resist the sleazy uptempo groove. The pace slows down a touch as they go deep into Saharan desert with the psychedelic blues sounds of ‘Hyatti.’ The musical roller coaster ride ends with ‘Yogi Yamahssar’ which feels more in step with GT’s signature amped-up desert blues music, with TAPAN adding a tribal touch to keep things fittingly different.

This brilliant and adventurous collection of improvised workouts is a real breath of fresh air.

File under one for the open-minded music lover.

Atlas is out now via Soundway Records. Buy from Norman Records or Bandcamp

CF Smith

Permeating your ears with good music.

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