Don't they? Do we have proof of this? This remarkably titled album is the second album by this remarkably titled group which is a collaboration between Sir Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls), Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi. Recorded in Cairo it blends wild guitar parts, crazed beats and the warm sound of acoustic bass.
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Emerging magically from deep within the hot, dusty confines of -- no, not Holbeck -- the Agouza district of Cairo, are The Dwarfs Of East Agouza. The band are fully worthy of our attention for their name alone; however, the trio of Alan, Sam and Maurice make a fine noise together which is by turns chaotic, energising and mesmeric.
There can be no doubt that the extended jams these guys make have a careful structure about them and some sort of plan at the outset. Beats akin to intricate gamelan drumming are actually more freeform than they at first appear. Rubbery bass-lines slink hither and thither under jaunty percussion, punctuations of sax and art-rock-post-punk-jazz guitar. There’s also a plasticky synth (of course, rats can’t eat them!) to add to that North African stew. Two longform tracks, the first of which is particularly incendiary. Winner. Also: Can’t. Take. Eyes. Off. Sleeve. Art.
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