German reissue label Habibi Funk delivers vintage, synth-driven
grooves from North Africa and the Middle East, a
genre that Libyan-Egyptian artist Hamid El Shaeri has done better
than nearly anyone. Pitchfork singled out Hamid’s “Ayonha” as
the “most arresting track” on Habibi Funk’s 2017 compilation
now the label delivers a deeper dive into that era of the
artist’s work. On
Feb. 28, Habibi Funk is putting out a compilation of Hamid El
Shaeri’s early work, originally
released from 1983-'88 on Egypt’s SLAM! records.
To herald the new record, Habibi Funk has launched “Dari Demou’ek,” a dose of dance-floor dynamite to whet the appetite. Check it out right here:
In its ‘80s heyday, SLAM! was one of Egypt’s most successful labels, and while its founder Hany Sabet may have been skeptical about releasing “Ayonha” on a semi-obscure little German imprint, both he and Hamid were excited to present this music to a potentially new audience.
The full album is out Feb. 25 and you can preorder via Bandcamp now.