Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass
PopMatters Editor & Publisher
Rolling Stone recently described Britain’s Outcaste as one of the “15 independent labels that matter.” Constructed around the Asian club scene in the U.K., Outcaste’s artists have blended traditional Asian musics with the acid house, drum ‘n’ bass, big beat, techno, and trance sounds of the dance club. Untouchable Outcaste Beats Vol.1 is the first American release covering this dynamic new sound that combines traditional Indian and Pakistani instrumentation (sitars) with synthesizers and dance beats.
Manchester’s Muslimgauze pumps out a similar fusion of electronica and world music, in this case sleek Middle Eastern grooves. Songs like “Bilechik Mule” that combine hypnotic, pulsing beats with Middle Eastern melodic lines and the propulsive, rhythmic textures of “Nazareth Arab” are the aural equivalent of a tranced-out ride through exotic landscapes.