Music from Baghdad, India and Morocco is used to create the double LP.
As RA reports, Bedouin Trax came about when the label sent McDonnell Arabic and Islamic music to sample and turn into an EP, but grew into a double album when he produced over 30 tracks.
Reduced down to 10 tracks, the album includes productions created from Moroccan street music, songs from Baghdad, Islamic music from India and Sufi ceremonial tunes.
As McDonnell explains, Bedouin Records the project developed over a year of experimentation and sifting through samples from his studio in Berlin.
In a statement he addresses the potential issues of cultural appropriation that surround the project, saying: “Cries of cultural appropriation abound, and the ethics of all this still up in the air. But we are all human on this planet, we all breathe the same air, our similarities are far greater than our differences.
“We can be touched deeply on a human level by music from anywhere in the world… A beautiful thing about the digital age is that if we choose to, we can see how deeply connected we all are, and we can start to find some truth about what it means to be human. Exploring other cultures and the artforms within is as good a place as any to start.”
The album is released on August 13 and is McDonnell’s fourth under the Eomac alias after two self-released collections and 2014’s Spectre LP for Berlin’s Killekill label. Most recently he and his Lakker partner Dara Smith turned Dutch archive recordings into an EP inspired by floods and water.
B1. Same Heart, Same Breath, Same Life, Same Death
B3. Prayer Pt. 1
C1. Toward An Entity Of Oneness
D2. Gather To Move, Gather To Live, Gather To Be
D3. Jani Mun