Bargou 08 – Targ (4 stars)

Bargou 08 – Targ

An alternative take on the folk music of the Bargou valley

Nidhal Yahyaoui grew up in the Bargou valley, a forgotten region of the Tunisian highlands. Targ is his supercharged take on Bargou's unique folk music, in which traditional instruments are underpinned by driving trap drums and fat Moog bass. The results are spectacular. Instead of a polite fusion, this is retrofitted trance music, in which the old and new meet on a pure energy level. Yahyaoui's powerful vocal melodies are intertwined with Lassaed Bougalmi's insistent lines for the flute-like gasba and the keening zokra. Together, they flow over Imed Rezgui's bendir polyrhythms and Sofyan Ben Youssef's throbbing synths.

Out 17 Feb on Glitterbeat Records.