Mighty Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab have been putting European festivals and club audiences under a spell for the last couple of years, with their intoxicating blend of sharp, Western electronic music mixed expertly with Eastern sounds and vocals. Formed in 2012 by Parisian DJs Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho, Acid Arab was born in the transcultural cauldron that is Paris – their concept was to create a space for Arab culture in the world of contemporary electronic music, and they laid down the groundwork by releasing several EPs (the Collections series) on electronic music label Versatile, featuring collabs, remixes and tracks by other artists.
Moving on to create their own tracks, they became a fully-fledged musical entity by teaming up with Pierrot Casanova, Nicolas Borne and, for studio and live activities, with sensational Algerian keyboard player Kenzi Bourras. Their first album, ‘Musique De France’ (on Crammed Discs), is an absolute whirlwind of emotion. But, there’s no banging techno spiced up with darbouka samples, no standard dance music with orientalist clichés: Acid Arab’s music is sincere and deep. It’s not a collage, not an appropriation, not even a “fusion”: it originates from encounters on equal terms between different worlds. Between instruments, rhythms, melodic modes, musical technologies… and people.