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Cairo Concepts: Mahraganat Music X Club Scenarios

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Cairo Concepts: Mahraganat Music X Club Scenarios

Phil Battiekh
Cairo Concepts: Mahraganat Music X Club Scenarios
Bass and beat-heavy, slathered in autotune, Mahraganat is Egypt’s primary underground dance form and this collaborative compilation sees club-producers and DJs showcasing the genre’s heaviest bangers and the club tracks it has inspired. It’s the ‘local colour’ that makes this music, the droning pipes and Arabic vocals that mix so compellingly with the trappy/trippy beats – what you also hear is analogous to that Taxi afro-comp, the way that bass music from all over the globe is finding itself part of an ongoing hardcore continuum, a discourse that’s unending and takes in everything from Baltimore bass to Durban gqom. This couldn’t be ‘from anywhere’ – the vocals and instrumental licks locate it firmly in a pan-Arab world, but it’s music that will light up a dancefloor anywhere because its building blocks are global, linked, finding fresh mutation everywhere they’re set down. A thrill.
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