Various – Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music From The Arab World (3 stars)

Various – Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music From The Arab World

A grab-bag of 70s and 80s Arabic funk and rock proves to be a mixed one

Habibi Funk is a crate diggers' invention, covering everything from the demented Moroccan garage rock of Fadoul's 'Bsslama Hbibti' to the smooth Tunisian reggae of Dalton's 'Soul Brother'. Bob Destiny's 'Wang Dang' is a frenzied R&B rave up, while Al Massrieen's 'Sah' is blissed out Egyptian disco.

I can live without the misogynist yacht rock of Lebanese duo Samir & Abboud's 'Games', but Algerian singer Ahmed Malek's 'Tape 19.11' is a real gem, featuring spiralling clarinet melodies over crunchy lo-fi organ funk.

Out now on Habibi Funk.

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