As we recently discovered, disco’s self-appointed gatekeepers are a stubborn bunch. Look beyond the embattled shores of the United States however and a world of incredible music emerges, that both drew on those classic tropes and took them in fascinating new directions.
With label Disco Halal, Berlin-based Moscoman has been adding to this knowledge for some years now, gathering kaleidoscopic fragments of found Middle Eastern sounds and fractured European rhythms for reissue while expanding his own producer-palette of outward looking deep house.
As debut album A Shot In The Light drops on ESP Institute this week, we asked Moscoman to go back to his roots and put together an hour of gems from across the Eastern world – “a real nice trip between the mid and far east of this Earth” – whether Lebanon, Japan or The Philippines.
An amazing record from 1973 even signed by the artist, which honestly I found lying in the street a few year back. The words are by one of the most famous writers in Israel, Yehuda Amichai, and the music resembles a classic daydream.
02. Raviv Gazit
‘Kurdania II’ from Ze
A one LP kind of Israeli super group, featuring one of Israel’s all time favourite singers, Yehudit Ravitz. Israel was very big on prog rock in the ’70s and the composers of that era were classical trained. I’m pretty sure this is my favourite song.
07. Hajji Alejandro
‘Stevie Wonder Medley’ From Hajji
Finishing the mix is a song from the heart of Lebanon, Fairouz. Her hauntingly beautiful voice just enhances the Diaspora I feel living away from home. They say she had the worst stage fright, that’s why she sounds like she’s hurting. We shall return to our village one day.