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Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu

First things first, big ups to all of you who came down on Saturday night. Much fun was had, many tunes were played, more announcements and photos to come.

Back to business. Cutting through the fug of the weekend is the first track from Syrian boss-man Omar Souleyman’s hotly anticipated new album on Ribbon Music, ‘Wenu Wenu’:

The whole LP is produced by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet you heathens), and this title track hopefully gives us a taste of what’s to come. It’s dance music, but not as you know it.

And here’s the Worldwide warm-up set we first heard this gem on:

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Acid Arab – Hafla (Instrumental)

We consider ourselves fans of Gilles Peterson and his Worldwide series here at HD, not least because of the associated festival that takes us down to the south of France every year. It came as no surprise then to greatly enjoy this latest exclusive:

Acid Arab began life as a Facebook group and now spans compilations, EPs and parties. The first solo EP from founders Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho is called ‘Djazirat El Maghreb’ and celebrates North African influences, specifically Algerian on ‘Halfa (Instrumental)’. Algerian keyboard artist Kenzi Bourras features on the track too and the EP’s out late September on Versatile.

Omar Souleyman is the easy reference point but we feel there’s a more substantial low end to this one. But what does it matter what we think? You decide for once.

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LEAF 2013

Now, we don’t usually give the announcement of a new festy a quadruple take, but this one caught our eye.
LEAF is a London-based three-dayer celebrating the city’s electronic music heritage. It pushes all our buttons with talks from luminaries such as Giorgio Moroder and New Order right through to upstarts like Eats Everything and Happa. Major Lazer, Trentmoller and Omar Souleyman chip in with live sets, and we could go on but it’s becoming Buzzfeed-esque (“17 events you wish you could go to, but  can’t!”)
LEAF is helmed by veteran selector Rob da Bank, together with International Music Summit creator Ben Turner, and you can get your tickets and further info here.
Here are some tunes to whet your appetite, if you needed it whetting any more:
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Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi

Four Tet’s upcoming ‘Beautiful Rewind’ is fast becoming the most anticipated album at HD HQ, and this new teaser is doing nothing to dampen our excitement.

‘Parallel Jalebi’ is, in classic Hebden fashion, a mixed-up monster of a track. The closest we could get was juddering electronica with a RnB vocal. However you describe it, it’s top.

It follows on the mixed-up heels of ‘Kool FM’, a track that was begging to be ripped, and duly was:

Add in his recent production work, and we’re seeing Four Tet back again at the top of his game, if he ever left. May this man never retire.

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