09/12/2019Belgrade Producer Duo Tapan Meets Moroccan Desert Blues Outfit Génération Taragalte For One-Off Collab

Sometimes you just need to get together and jam and new things will happen, is what we were thinking, when we tuned into this one-off collaboration between Belgrade's "tribal / techno / industrial" duo Tapan (Nebojša Bogdanović & Goran Simonoski) and the "nomadic Touareg electrified desert-blues" five-piece Generation Taragalte. Hailing from two very different musical universes, the two outfits met in Marrakech back in 2018, apparently hit it off and decided to take things to a whole new level. The swirling result of which was recently released on London's Soundway Records.

The "Atlas" EP kicks off with "", an 11-minute opus featuring an ominous, trance-inducing bassline, intricate rhythmic patterns, distant flutes (possibly a Ghita?) and occasional yelps, before the vocals kick in to dramatic effect. Up next is "", opening up on a type of Maqsoum belly dance rhythm, accompanied by yet another droning bassline as the cavalry eventually joins the free-spirited fray. "" is more Touareg guitar driven to start with, but then turns into a veritable snake charmer, agilely driving its point home, before "" sets flight. 

"A dark, desolate and potent collision of the electronic drone-jazz of Belgrade and the windswept, desiccated psych-guitar riffs of the Moroccan Sahara," the description reads and indeed, this seemingly natural synergy shouldn't take more than one listen to reveal its mesmerising beauty. Take it away!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom