By no means any of the artists first piece of work, Speed Caravan is a crazy collaboration of artists but the brainchild of Mehdi Haddab. Kalashnik Love is the name of the album and the title track takes it's name from a song by Armenian Turk Udi Hrant Kenkulian.
I can't recommend buying this enough, it's an awesome mixture of dance, rock and world music strongly influenced by the Arabic instrument the oud.
There are numerous covers on the album and they've either been given a new lease of life and burst of energy put into them or have been done in a completely different style that may not be better than the original but certainly different - The Cure's "Killing An Arab" for instance. Through a combination of talented use of various musical instruments and some awesome catchy dance beats, these guys have produced an album that says "party" from the word go.
There's not a single song that displeases me on this album, I can't recommend "Galvanize" enough but my favourite song and one that doesn't get enough credit is the upbeat "Daddy Lolo", I love the almost African sounding guitar playing, the bass playing and the way the song evolves in general.
Not only do they borrow from Haddab's Algerian background but also give plenty of time to other Arabic sounds as well as various Turkish, Armenian and Breton influences too.
Undoubtedly one of the coolest albums, I've come across this year - I can't see it failing to appeal to many people, it manages to combine the best parts of so many types of music from reggae, world, dance, pop, rock and somehow blend it all together with intricate and complex sounding Arabic groove.
01 Taq On The Beat 0:42
02 Kalashnik Love 4:08
03 Killing An Arab 2:40
04 Quat Market 3:41
05 Dubai 5:23
06 Galvanize 5:07
07 Erotic Chiftetelli 6:09
08 Parov Yegar Siroon Var 3:13
09 Idemo Dalje 3:04
10 Daddy Lolo 2:40
11 Hotel Zyannides 4:46
12 Aissa Wah 7:22
13 Daddy Lolo Remix (Sidestepper) 4:37
14 Aissa Wah Remix (Mo Dj) 5:56