Various Artists

The Best Arabian Nights Party Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 2

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While not exactly an album of Arabian-based material as the title might suggest, this is essentially just a club album. There are a few Middle Eastern works on here, thoroughly remixed as needed to get a good club beat. The album leads off with Amr Diab's "Habibe." It then moves on through heavy remixes of songs from the Spice Girls, Us3, and Enigma. There's a devout Muslim rapper tossed into the mix as well. A piece from Hassan Hakmoun, one of the premier Moroccan musicians, is included, but with rappers, drum machines, and the like mixed in. The Musicians of the Nile fare somewhat better and are left unmixed (they've already got a good deal of light percussion in their darbukkas). Another young hip Arabian singer is included, followed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (right basic religion, wrong global sector). After this, the songs are primarily Arabian-flavored (with an anomaly in Los Umbrellos' appearance) through to the end of the album. It's an interesting mix, and much of the album is decent listening material (or at least decent club material). Some tracks are helped by the mixing, though others (such as Us3's contribution) suffer considerably due to the remixing.

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