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Bill Laswell

August 18, 2006

Filmtracks 2000
Tzadik

An odd, mixed bag from Laswell from the ongoing Tzadic film series. It’s not altogether clear if any of this songs have been used in any movies and most are only cinematic by virtue of their exotic, world-beat nature, the emphasis here being on Middle Eastern music styles. Oum El Bouaghi is a great integration of Arabic music styles with dub and O Haji Baig has an almost Turkish flavor to it. Some sound like extracts and/or out-takes from other Laswell projects and indeed Deadly Haven seems lifted out of the middle of 2000’s Lo. Def. Pressure. Fans and completists of Laswell’s recorded output would do well to snap this up (I did), even though, taken as a whole, it seems kind of redundant or unnecessary.

Filmtracks 2000

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