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Thursday, August 26, 2010

That's My Jam!: Rainbow Arabia's Global Dance

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Rainbow Arabia
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Lately it seems like it's become increasingly trendy to tack any kind of world music-related buzzword onto your musical project. DJs, producers, and club nights are calling themselves 'tropical' despite having no real knowledge of the music, thinking the whole of an islander's sound palette consists of a bongo sample and a beat that isn't straight 4/4. So, it's getting to be that fans, critics, and artists alike need to be more discerning with the usage of certain genre descriptors. With that in mind, believe me when I say that L.A.'s Rainbow Arabia is an excellent globally minded production duo, dead set on joining the audio aesthetic of equatorial regions with its percussive, bass-heavy dance music.

Married couple Tiffany and Danny Preston broaden their international scope even further on this reworking of a song by Swedish producer The Field. For this version of "Sequenced," Rainbow Arabia harnesses the original track's krauty dancefloor vibes and joins them with  hypnotic percussion loops and Middle Eastern-influenced vocal yawlps. The lengthy tune is a special page in the duo's growing repertoire, as most of the Preston's music strays from such heavy trance and techno sounds and relies more on sub-busting bass tones and buoyant dance beats. You can find out exactly what I mean if you check out Rainbow Arabia tonight when they open for Lazer Sword at the Rickshaw Stop.

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