Spy From Cairo, The / Arabadub
Album: Arabadub   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Spy From Cairo, The   Added:Jun 2012
Label:Wonderwheel Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-06-09 Pull Date: 2012-08-12 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Aug 5 Jul 22 Jul 15 Jul 8 Jul 1 Jun 24 Jun 17 Jun 10
Airplays: 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 02, 2013: New World Disorder
4. Jul 29, 2012: New World Disorder
Sons Of Hannibal
2. Jan 19, 2013: New World Disorder
Road To Ryhad
5. Jul 21, 2012: Bouge Mood
Marseilles Noir
3. Jul 30, 2012: Happy Hour
Taksim Square
6. Jul 18, 2012: Summer Session
Alladin Dub

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2012-06-05
The Spy From Cairo – Arabadub
Reviewed by Sadie O., 6/5/12
Mashup lovers and genre benders rejoice! Perfect fusion of Arabesque and Dub Reggae. The Spy is also known as Zeb, works with Nickodemus, and plays all the traditional Arab instruments. Seriously beautiful stuff. Pretty much all instrumentals – there are some vocals, but in most cases they are wordless and part of the instrumentation, really.
1. 4:16 ***sprightly midtempo bouncy skank. Oud in a profoundly minor key.
2. 6:04 ***beautiful solo stringed instrument intro, midtempo bubble. LONG fade.
3. 4:09 ***bouncy, somewhat uptempo bubble, lots of strings.
4. 4:56 ***rolling, almost cinematic feel, lots of hand drum, deep dub electronics.
5. 4:43 ***nice rocking midtempo skank, vocal wailing chant in second half.
6. 4:49 ***slightly downtempo “belly dance” groove, with dub skank so perfectly fitted in you might not even realize it’s there. Vocal wails.
7. 5:44 ***slow strings intro, then midtempo bubble, pretty oud. Vocals with actual (Arabic) words, but dubbed all to mess.
8. 5:13 ***bit of “dulcimer” intro, then slow, slinky groove, with almost a Dubstep sound to the bass drum. Sweet! Bit of Arabic spoken word.
9. 5:02 ***midtempo, lots of hand drum, very wiggle-able.
10. 5:34 ***hand drum intro, traditional sounding except for occasional squeebly electronics. Pretty Reggae riddim starts about a minute into song. Teeny hints of Dubstep.
11. 5:23 ****traditional “dulcimer” intro, downtempo Dancehall groove – very nice combination of sounds. I think this my favorite track.
12. 5:06 ***hand drum intro, relaxed groove, swingy midtempo bubble, melodic interplay between instruments.
13. 2:00 ***swirling electronic tones and seriously lovely oud.

Track Listing
1. Alladin Dub   7. Thicker Than Hookah Smoke
2. Taksim Square   8. Egyptian Pulse
3. Marseilles Noir   9. Prince Ahmed
4. Desert Tears   10. Road To Ryhad
5. Sons Of Hannibal   11. Zebda
6. Haboob   12. Latif
  13. Oud Outro