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Deluxe double 180gram LP pressed at Optimal (Germany) comes in a wide-spine jacket printed on heavy uncoated 24pt/450gsm paperboard with the inside of the jacket finished in black ink and the 2 vinyl LPs housed in audiophile polylined black paper dust sleeves. The 2x180gLP edition includes a pair of full colour 12”x24” pull-out art inserts featuring photography by Hicham Chadly (Nashazphone) and Frédéric Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête), printed on uncoated140M archival paper. Includes digital download card.


CD comes in a custom mini-gatefold jacket printed on uncoated paperboard with an an inner dust sleeve for the disc. Artwork by Hicham Chadly (Nashazphone).

CST146

Sand Enigma Land of Kush

Release date: 8 November 2019

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  • WAV
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Renowned Montréal/Cairo-based composer Sam Shalabi returns with his exhilarating and utterly genre-bending big band Land Of Kush. The trenchantly-titled Sand Enigma is the orchestra’s long awaited fourth album – its first in six years, following 2013’s The Big Mango, Shalabi’s critically-acclaimed love letter to Cairo, written and recorded during the Arab Spring. While the intervening years have obviously been devastating and disenchanting in so many ways, Sand Enigma bristles with defiant exuberance, restless creative energy, and electrifying cross-cultural expression. The album is a wildly diverse and hugely compelling tour de force of modern composition that pulses with emotion and experimentation, blending avant-garde, psychedelic, Middle Eastern, out-jazz, electronic and improv/free music tropes to stunning effect. Sand Enigma is peak Land Of Kush: the band’s most accomplished, acute and accessible album to date (though don’t expect ‘easy listening’ from this boundary-pushing hydra-headed entity).

“Sam Shalabi’s combination of Arabic traditional motifs and instruments with jazz, free improvisation and electronics truly stretch any notion of genre to breaking point.” – Brainwashed

“Sam Shalabi has raised the bar for modern psychedelic music with the Land of Kush orchestra, utilizing Middle Eastern, jazz, rock, and folkloric sources to weave a seamless montage of styles in a transcendent way that is rarely, if ever, achieved.” – Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls / Sublime Frequencies)

Click here to read live concert review of the Sand Enigma premiere at the Aga Khan Museum

Tracklist

1. Aha
2. Domyat 1331
3. Safe Space
4. Broken Maqams
5. Sand Enigma
6. Ssssss
7. Recuerdo
8. Bone Mass pt I
9. Bone Mass pt II
10. Bone Mass pt III
11. Ana
12. Trema
13. Dol
14. Tensor

Packaging Notes

Deluxe double 180gram LP pressed at Optimal (Germany) comes in a wide-spine jacket printed on heavy uncoated 24pt/450gsm paperboard with the inside of the jacket finished in black ink and the 2 vinyl LPs housed in audiophile polylined black paper dust sleeves. The 2x180gLP edition includes a pair of full colour 12”x24” pull-out art inserts featuring photography by Hicham Chadly (Nashazphone) and Frédéric Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête), printed on uncoated140M archival paper. Includes digital download card.


CD comes in a custom mini-gatefold jacket printed on uncoated paperboard with an an inner dust sleeve for the disc. Artwork by Hicham Chadly (Nashazphone).

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