Oriental Trap

by Norient

Manipulating Oriental melodies and rhythms with digital software seems in vogue - once again. This is what this collection of grime, dub-, breakcore-, hip-hop-, noise-, new-wave-dabké- and mahragan-tracks seems to suggest. Is this yet another Orientalist Trap? Or do many of these tracks go beyond Electro-Arab-Tracks of the late 1990s and early 2000s?


Musicians About their Tracks

«‹Douga Douga› represent an imaginary landscape, a Saharan dream let's say. I tried to build that with the rhythmic structure and Mauritanian vocal samples.»

El Mahdy Jr., Turkey, 2014

«‹Theme› was our very first track, and it was exactly as we dreamed: dark, cold, techno and oriental, without the use of a big sample.»

Acid Arab, France, 2014

«You picked one of my favourite songs: Egyptronica in it's true bold & original form.»

Machine Eat Man, Egypt, 2014

«Most important in the track ‹sho hal meshkleh› is respect. U have to respect humans in most cases, and u have to stay humble no matter what, but ... there's always exceptions to any rule.»

Edd Abbas, Lebanon, 2014


Some of the Tracks

Published on July 22, 2014

Last updated on January 16, 2020


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