Audio: DJ Umb 'Electronic Arabia Vol. I & Vol. II' [Mixtapes]

North African/Middle Eastern vibes in these two recycled 2001 mixes from global bass connoisseur DJ Umb of Generation Bass. Yallah Yallah Vol. I & Vol. II are described by Umb as "Electronic Arabia" mixes made up of "Western influenced Middle Eastern/Arabic beats western electronic beats... [which he] diluted & made palatable for a Western audience." Stream and download both of them below. No tracklist unfortunately.

[H/T Generation Bass]

Photo: Courtesy of Saphir Niakadie

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