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Clotaire K / Lebanese
Album:Lebanese Collection:World
Artist:Clotaire K Added:06/2006
Label:Self-Release 

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Add Date:2006-07-02 Pull Date:2006-09-03 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:3 Sep27 Aug20 Aug13 Aug6 Aug30 Jul23 Jul16 Jul
Airplays:41332121

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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2006-06-27 
Clotaire K – Lebanese (self produced)
Reviewed by Sadie O., 6/27/06
Roughly even mixture of Arabic trad/pop music and hip hop. Mostly a relaxed groove, generally with some Arabian instrumentation and singing, and raps by Clotaire in Arabic, French and English. Very unique and to me quite a beautiful sound. The raps in English are interesting for the perspective from a young Arab man, which may or may not be what we’re expecting.
No FCCs (at least not in English), tracks 2 and 9 are great, others very good, but forget the skits unless you need 10 seconds of spoken Arabic for some reason...
1. 3:48 **starts with solo oud. A bit downtempo and relaxed hip hop beat, some scratching, some Arabian instrumentation. Singing by Natacha Atlas, rap in Arabic.
2. 3:39 ***starts with solo stringed instrument and street sounds, rather uptempo groove, rap in French and Arabic, female singing in Arabic. Often gorgeous.
3. 3:31 *starts with subdued street noises for almost 20 seconds, then female hip hop singing and beat, then rap in Arabic. (“fakra” is Arabic for “think”, although it sounds FCC...)
4. 0:24 two guys talking in Arabic
5. 4:08 **solo flute intro, male singing in Arabic, rap in English, midtempo hip hop beat with doumbek.
6. 0:10 one guy talking in Arabic
7. 4:16 **starts with rain noises? Then solo male singer in Arabic, rap in French, no actual beat until a minute in, then downtempo. Moody, almost trance-y.
8. 0:16 female, phone message
9. 4:32 ***drops, female singing, mysterious noises, midtempo somewhat menacing sounding riddim. Rap in English, including short recording of Anwar Sadat speaking, and in Arabic.
10. 0:21 male speaking Arabic through loudspeaker.
11. 2:30 *midtempo hip hop beat, rap in French. Occasional bits of oud or flute, otherwise not very Arabic sounding. Chorus is “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” in French.
12. 6:25 *starts with several seconds of random noises and female news announcer. Midtempo, rap in French, subtle male Arabic singing, otherwise more hip hop than Arabic. Kinda trance-y. Ends with same female news announcer in French.
13. 4:40 **starts with solo oud, slightly downtempo, rap in French.
14. 4:02 ***starts with male rap in French. Midtempo beat with crazy electronic sounds and a bit of flute and female singing.
15. 0:18 several guys talking in Arabic and laughing.
16. 8:00 ***ethereal pounded string instrument and female singing. Slightly downtempo beat. Jungle riddim comes in halfway along, a lot like Asian Dub Foundation – lots of changes, very interesting.
17. 5:35 **short spoken bit in Arabic, then solo oud, no beat.
18. 0:35 chanting in Arabic, laughter.

Track Listing
1.Maqam 10.Banadoora (Skit)
2.Beyrouth Ecoeuree 11.Flotte
3.Moolook 12.Le Criminel
4.Wahad (Skit) 13.Laisse Les
5.Ya Saryan !? 14.Bif Bam Boom
6.Bokra (Skit) 15.Tampooshy (Skit)
7.Papa 16.Emigrate (Remix)
8.Beep (Skit) 17.Takassim
9.Lubnan 18.Bonus Track