EEK feat. Islam Chipsy - Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
- Stewart Smith
- 21 February 2014
Chipsy's Nile Delta synth is a virtuosic, high-energy transformation of traditional Egyptian music
The new Egyptian dance music rocking the streets of Cairo is some of the most exciting music on the planet. There's electro-chaabi, which refracts Egyptian wedding music through cracked software, and Islam Chipsy's Nile Delta synth, a virtuosic, high-energy transformation of traditional styles. This live album, from Egyptian-Lebanese underground label Nashazphone, makes this exhilarating music available on vinyl for the first time.
As with early releases from Konono No.1 and Omar Souleyman, the raw fidelity only adds to the excitement, as the music bursts from the speakers in a squall of hyper-speed Arabic keyboard licks, distorted tone clusters, and relentless live percussion. There are euphoric builds which are part old-skool rave, part speed metal, with shredding lead lines and massive Euro-trance riffs which erupt into bursts of 8-bit noise, like the power-ups in Super Mario Bros. Ludicrously exciting, Islam Chipsy's music deserves to be as widely heard as Souleyman's.