Back in 2012, Parisian DJs Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho formed Acid Arab. Originally a concept which would create a space for Arab culture in the world of contemporary electronic music, Acid Arab was made up of several EPs on the Versatile imprint—the Collections series—featuring collaborations, remixes, and tracks by a mix of artists.
Since then, with Minisky and Carvalho at the helm, the project has morphed into a complete musical entity made up of Franco-Arabic electronic artists. The collective's debut album, Musique de France, will drop via Belgian label Crammed Discs on October 7 and features Algerian keyboard player Kenzi Bourra, Syrian musician Rizan Said, Rachid Taha, raï fusion pioneer Sofiane Saidi, and Gnawa musician and singer Jawad El Garrouge.
Keeping in line with the concept of the project, the first video from the album is a stylish adaption of Seuls les Oiseaux ("Only the Birds"), a 1987 film by maverick Algerian filmmaker Ahmed Zir. Zir's mesmerizing shots of children, birds, bikers, and stylized views of architecture in Eastern Algeria are cut to the buzzing synths of "Sayarat 303." The edit is a perfect accompaniment to Acid Arab's singular sound and shines a light on the work of a true pioneer.
You can watch the video in full below, with the album available for preorder here.