A follow up to his first solo album Garraya, 'Salute the Parrot' sees Maurice Louca immerse himself further into deep, wild and often improvised passages of sound. Featuring guest performances by members of Sun City Girls (amongst many others) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, Louca's music works beyond the confines of simple description. Evocative, challenging and a must for the discerning improv/noise/world ear. Digital and vinyl.Coloured wax seals the deal for those quick off the mark.
8/10 Andy Staff review, 19 November 2014
Maurice Louca is something of a minor legend in Cairo's indie culture scene, having emerged from the group Bikya where he played keys and provided samples he has struck out as a solo artist. This album follows on from Garraya and looks certain only to enhance his burgeoning reputation.
The Quietus have been dropping his name of late, a sure sign of someone who is likely to be mentioned in wider circles shortly. They pushed a Soundcloud share of 'It Will Set' around a month ago. Check it out as a taster. Featuring Electro Chaabi MC Alaa 50 and a load of sax it is a pretty tasty taster, certainly one of the stand out tracks on the album.
So what are we getting here? Hmmm... its certainly psychedelic, Middle Eastern influenced and not afraid to wig out. Its also abstract, has ambient moments and a solid rhythmic pulse througout. As with much of the middle Eastern music I've heard (i.e. not that much) there is a plaintive tone, 'Rupture' being a good example of this. However that doesn't make it a maudlin tune, the wooden block percussion, organ swells along with an effective breakdown give this track a real presence on the album.
The title track, 'Salute to the Parrot' offers a different vibe by stirring in some drone type chanting into the rhythmic mix. A track to really get lost in. 'Maxim' really ramps up the electronics and beats, bringing to mind Four Tet's afro-beat inspired white label 12" of a year or so ago. (That track Floating Points played on the boiler room - or whatever its called. I forget and the record has no info what with being a white label....grrr).
One for those that picked up the excellent 'Psyche-Funk 101' compilation, or fans of Goat or Cave, but also those with a preference for more electronic oddities should check this out. A very good album.
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