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Rabih Beaini – Bassiani Podcast 152 Tracklist
When a young Rabih Beaini travelled from east Beirut to west after the end of Lebanon’s civil war he crossed a musical Rubicon, on the other side a record store whose eclectic mix of sounds and cultures would have a profound impact on his later praxis. He’s since become known for championing an off the wall mix of references from Serbian krautrock to tape music, tarab to drone, and is a critical voice for anything outside the usual remit of western electronics. This avant-garde tack has made Beaini’s ‘Morphine Records’ a go-to name for those in the know, forward-thinking fare that magically criss-crosses a world of music usually out of reach. Horoom brought that alchemy a little nearer last month, hosting Mutant Radio’s ‘Out of Whack’ with Beaini playing as headline invitee. Bassiani Podcast 152 is his set recorded live: a synthesis on the cusp of east and west, earth and space, a truly matchless energy, boundary-pushing frequencies from one of techno’s most interesting players.