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Badawi / Soldier of Midian
Album:Soldier of Midian Collection:World
Artist:Badawi Added:07/2002

A-File Activity
Add Date:2002-08-12 Pull Date:2002-10-14 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:8 Sep

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 29, 2021:Alphabet Soup
4.May 08, 2004:Morning Glory
Dance of the Dajz Mara
2.May 03, 2007:Finneman's Market
Final Warning
5.Mar 15, 2003:Mais non peut-etre
The Storm
3.Sep 06, 2004:The Longest Short Song Marathon
After a Path Has Been Paved
6.Aug 19, 2002:Come When I Whistle
Voices From the Sky

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-07-29 
BADAWI – Soldier of Midian
ROIR, 2002

USA - I haven’t heard the other albums by Raz Mesinai, aka “Badawi,” but I notice that his music is already filed in General and Hiphop. This one is in World, and it won’t take more than a few seconds of listening to discern why.

While it’s basically a collection of beats, the instruments used to create them are mostly Middle Eastern (zarb, bendir, darabuka, etc.), sampled from Badawi’s own live playing. These are tweaked and twisted into some deep and powerful loops (the theme is apparently war). It is said Badawi composed the score for the movie "Hellraiser 6", only to have it rejected as “too intense.” I believe it.

This year’s answer to Tabla Beat Science. Recommended, especially for BPM and experimental / freeform shows.

Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 14

02. 4:16 – intense drums, with pipes & wails
03. 5:28 – freaky layering, driving bassline
04. 3:09 – great drum loop, low electronics
05. 2:05 – fast: high strums & deep drums
06. 4:06 – spinning pipes and heavy drums
08. 2:59 – low & tense, like a coiled snake
09. 3:28 – layered hand drums + fuzz bass
10. 3:55 – pulls you forward incessantly
11. 3:13 – deeeeep bass w/scattery drums
12. 4:39 – folksy sample, intriguing groove
13. 3:27 – random start, then deep groove
14. 3:55 – exotic strings, dubby bassline

[Fo] - 7/29/02

Track Listing
1.Introduction 8.I Will Follow the Storm
2.Evocation 9.Stampede
3.Voices From the Sky 10.Dehydration
4.Dance of the Centipedes 11.Dance of the Dajz Mara
5.Scorpion and the Serpent 12.Final Warning
6.Moving Still 13.Horse Dance
7.After a Path Has Been Paved 14.The Storm