Shadi Megallaa - Lost & Unfound
Label: Igloo Pop
Format: 16 x File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps, WAV
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Released: 22 Jan 2009
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock
Style: Glitch, Dub, IDM, Hip Hop, Minimal
Credits: Producer - Shadi Megallaa
Notes: Also available in WAV format.
Shadi Megallaa, the avant-garde space alien clone spy, hooked up with Igloo Pop label chef Dilo during a mission on Planet Earth. Recharging his nuclear powered batteries somewhere near Cairo, this third dimension encounter of the third kind which escalates into a full-blown underwater ghost rave, culminated in a wild humping on the back seat of grand mum’s car: Meghallaa as well as his alter ego Lucky Luke were born.
Well, that’s how it was, or could have been. Only a few things are certain: his first terrestrial music love was progressive, his first 12” was edited on Kenneth Broxgaard’s Danish Tic Tac Toe imprint, his last EP “Giza Visa” auf Dilek was pure Arabian brain sex, his first breath was taken in Cairo, and who still thinks all of this sounds cryptic should thoroughly study the latest two outings of this exceptional talent that is Megallaa who sometimes surfaces in the US and sometimes in the direct vicinity of Swiss criss crank man Michal Ho.
Impossible to categorize, the two first ever Megallaa long players, “Reflections of Light”, released under the moniker Tri.ni.ty, and “Lost & Unfound” on the Argentinean imprint Igloo and Igloo Pop, will cause a stir amongst followers and freaks alike: living and conjuring crazy sound collages in his city Abu Dhabi, the real slim Shadi combines abstract sounds with organic voice samples (or vice versa: real instrumentations with deconstructed voices), and creates the most melodic, sound-laden, ambient, sometimes even brute and freaked out sampledelic atmospheres that play tricks on your hash-cookied mind whilst the body cannot resist the movement inducing, micro-mutant tabla sounds.
Danceable cosmic highlights like the Elephant Pixel (Dilo himself in his boombastic IDM guise) collaborations that are always peeping onto the floor while confusing the left brain hemisphere, the collab with Hunny Bunny and Argentine super maniac Seph, and two guest appearances of Michal Ho make this album a true sure shot for those who want to go beyond the tried-and-tested formula that seems to be the set standard delivered with programs like Ableton and Traktor.
Cool grooves that resonate the air of “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (“Under The Bridge”), a micro-maniacal cracker, or jazzy swing vibes (“Jupiter Jazz Club”) sit next to starkly contrasting outings that take the legacy of Plaid and Vangelis into the unknown outta space. Hard to decipher, some of the tracks banged out by Shadi’s completely nuts alter ego Lucky Luke activate the lower body parts, especially if you are familiar and in love with the trucking micro club style propagated by label man Dilo and his Igloo which is world famed for his experimental ambient and IDM outings. Tune in, drop, space out.
1 Lost & Unfound 4:15
2 Paranoiac 7:44
3 Fear Not The Mic (Featuring Michal Ho) 3:52
Featuring - Michal Ho
4 Rain 6:12
5 E.T. Home Phone 5:49
Featuring - STB
6 3.14159 5:21
7 Under The Bridge 5:59
8 Choci Maggic (Featuring Seph & Hunny Bunny) 9:47
Featuring - Hunny Bunny , Seph
9 Tings & Tings (Featuring Michal Ho) 5:01
Featuring - Michal Ho
10 The Kittycat Conspiracy (Featuring Elephant Pixel) 6:50
Featuring - Elephant Pixel
11 Jupiter Jazz Club 5:35
12 One For My Baby (Featuring Shadi's Elastic Ghost Band) 4:26
13 At Your Mercy 4:38
14 Close Your Eyes (Featuring Elephant Pixel & Lucky Luke) 4:43
Featuring - Elephant Pixel , Lucky Luke
15 Lost & Found (Featuring Elephant Pixel) 5:50
Featuring - Elephant Pixel , Hunny Bunny
Producer - Juan Franco Di Lorenzo
16 The Little Walk 2:36
Producer - Elephant Pixel , Juan Franco Di Lorenzo
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