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Atlas Electric

by Moulay Ahmed El Hassani

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Andrew Bell
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Andrew Bell this music takes me to the horizon where the sky meets the sea
Philip Graham
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Philip Graham An otherworldly extension of Rai music into the 21st century. Desert music that flows like a river.
Another grateful tip of the hat to Bandcamp! Favorite track: Dnya Yakhlik.
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Cosmographer Thoroughly hypnotic music from the first note to the last. The cover is very fitting: strings, voice and percussion interlock in various shapeshifting patterns but one single fabric of sound. The music wraps around you like a blanket, and is beautiful. Favorite track: Mi Hanna Dada.
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yotam_kadosh A great combination of electronic music and chaabi. Really fun and feels like home Favorite track: Yak Ennas Mlklil Darou Labas.
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Dnya Yakhlik 10:47
Ya Li Hjarni 07:27
Lklam Lakhar 06:18


Moulay Ahmed ElHassani is practically unknown outside of his home country of Morocco where he's released over 50 albums on cassette and CD over the past 30 years, however Hive Mind Records seek to remedy that situation with the release of this compilation featuring songs originally released on Ahmed's own label, Sawt el Hassani, between 2005 and 2012.

Ahmed writes his own songs, plays all instruments himself, records and self produces at his home studio in Beni Mellal. His unique sound takes influence from a variety of Moroccan folk forms, particularly the Izlan and Ahidous styles of the Amazigh people of the mid-Atlas region. Ahmed has blended these styles with the rai and chaabi that were popular across the country through his youth. The resulting sound is like a twenty-first century folk music for a people caught somewhere between a vision of their own idealised pastoral past and a turbo charged, technologically driven urban future. Ahmed has embraced new musical technologies and his songs are made up of complex, polyrhythmic drum machine patterns, subtle loops, washes of new age synth, heavily vocodered male and female duet vocals, and his signature psychedelic microtonal guitar playing. His songs are sometimes gentle and melancholic, and sometimes more upbeat, but always deeply lyrical and melodic, and all feature lyrics in Amazigh and Arabic that deal with social issues and universal themes of love and loss.


released November 16, 2018


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Moulay Ahmed El Hassani Beni Mellal, Morocco

Moulay Ahmed El Hassani is a Moroccan artist born in a village in the Atlas Mountains. His love of music grew from a very early age. Over the past 30 years he has been writing, playing and recording his own music and developing his own unique style of modern Moroccan folk music. To date he has released over 50 albums in Morocco. ... more

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