Egyptian artist Moudy Afifi gives us some flavor of his homeland on the techno track “Sahara” (out on Disclosed Records). The shuffling percussion and steady beat puts you in the state of mind of passing over a desert landscape and dunes in a jeep with wind flowing through your hair. The melodic bass line follows a traditional, pan-Arabic scale complemented by string synths that bring to the song a sense of exotic mystery. Almost as though the song evokes the journey of Alexander the Great to the Siwa Oasis to consult with the oracle of Ammon following a flock of birds. “Sahara” invokes both the ancient and traditional and modern techno dance music in a nearly hypnotic rhythm that may get you moving in ways that feel right if not consciously familiar. Listen to “Sahara” on Spotify and connect with Afifi at the links below.
Moudy Afifi’s remix of The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” places the emphasis on its potential as a more abstract and ambient dance track. The falsetto vocals of the original take on a more processed sound here as though put through a vocoder. In basically doubling the length of the song Afifi is able to explore the tonal qualities of the song even more as he is able to slow down the pace and all but remove the organic drums and guitar and replace them with electronic elements (or a highly processed version of the original percussion) occupying the same sonic and thematic space. The effect is almost like a deep house version of an Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark song. Afifi in effect does what one would hope a remix would do with a song and basically make it anew while preserving something of the song’s core appeal. Listen to the remix on Soundcloud and follow Moudy Afifi at the links below.