Renowned Montréal/Cairo-based composer Sam Shalabi has come through with a brand new album titled Sand Enigma along with his band Land of Kush. Mixing jazz, soul and Middle Eastern music, this album is rich with a plethora of dense textures and intricate compositions.
The lengthy 14 track and 1h14 minute album is dense with crazy drumming, horns and synths that give out this hellish, devilish energy that’s truly mesmeric. “Aha” starts with this riveting melody featuring vocals from Nadah El Shazly. The unnerving alarm-like effects on “Domyat 1331” coupled with the slow-paced percussion makes for an unsettling listen. “Broken Maqams” is another stellar track with wildlife samples, and psychedelic, Middle Eastern percussion that keeps the track alive and incredibly engaging. The horns are cacophonous and absolutely wild throughout. “Bone Mass pt I,” “Bone Mass pt II” and “Bone Mass pt III” are moody, piano led pieces with stunning vocals from Elizabeth Anka Vajagic. “Trema” features some gorgeous flutes and vocals from Nadah El Shazly, another stand out on the album. “Dol” with Nadah El Shazly is another mystical highlight, while “Tensor” ends the album off with a playful yet intense and mystical track with crazy horns and almost deafening synths make this a intense track to end the project on. Overall, Land of Kush have come through with an intense and wild new album, with dense compositions that are textured and psychedelic.
Listen to Land of Kush’s brand new album Sand Enigma below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Constellation Records.