Khaliphonic 08 by Badawi, Gulls, XJ, Dubmonger, LXC, Sonza, Alter Echo, E3, El Mahdy Jr

Khaliphonic 08 review

Limited to 500 copies, custom printed sleeve, vinyl only LP, no digital, no repress.
Art & design by Polygon Press. Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta.

Khaliphonic’s eighth release is an absolutely unique seven track full length LP of beautifully focused outer dubwise excursions by some of our favorite artists. “Sounds From The Well: Collection 1” hauls in a net of captivating left-of-center sound system music rooted in or influenced by the music of the Mediterranean or the Maghreb, the Near East or North Africa. An immersive journey from start to finish, this is one for the headphones as well as the sound system.

Gulls & XJ mangle gasbah flute-heavy rai vibes for a journey into trance-inducing Algerian funk. Dubmonger & LXC build a sparkling, crunching, head-nodding beast that marries boom bap and Arabesque keyboard meanderings. Sonza’s experimental chamber jazz builds from ambient abstraction to a mesmerizing, plaintive, percussion heavy masterwork of Anatolian dub vibes. Alter Echo & E3 indulge their love of psychedelic dubwise with a riddim indebted to the reggada of Morocco, that sounds like nothing if not a night journey through a desert by moonlight. The increasingly elusive El Mahdy Jr graces us with a gorgeous track of rhythmic complexity and emotional weight. The album is bookended by two early, unreleased string quartet & percussion recordings by the legendary Badawi, lush and ominous, recently transferred from their 20th Century tape masters.

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