Topological data from Morocco and Arabic geometric patterns are all used in producer Jabo's computer-generated "Pastilla" world.
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/jawadjabo" target="_blank"><strong>Jabo</strong></a>, a 20-year-old Belgian producer of Moroccan descent, first made his mark on the global bass scene when he was still a teenager as a leading name in the spread of <a href="http://www.thefader.com/2010/03/05/dave-nada-creator-of-moombahton-interview-mp3s/" target="_blank">moombahton</a> across Belgium a few years ago. After a string of free download releases that gained the attention of <strong>A-Trak</strong> and <strong>Diplo</strong>, amongst others, the young producer is releasing his debut <em>Harissa</em> EP. The 2-track release sees Jabo mixing Moroccan and Middle Eastern sounds with a wide palette of modern bass production.</p><p>"Pastilla," the EP's high-energy lead track, is built on frantic, juke-inspired percussion and choppy vocal samples, while "Harissa" is indebted to both <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/tag/zouk-bass/" target="_blank">zouk bass</a> and Arabic instrumentation. The PC-generated music video for "Pastilla," directed by Dutch visual artist <strong>Maarten van der</strong> <strong>Glas</strong>, brings Jabo's sonic aesthetic to life by using Moroccan topological data and Arabic art. In a statement about the video, van der Glas explains,</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p></p><blockquote>I wanted to make a video where the main character is a very abstract object and still make it identifiable, likable. The object goes on a journey and encounters many transformations. The abstract object is a icosahedron, a very symmetrical mathematical form that can assume many different forms, also in nature. I also wanted to represent the music in a visual form.... After talking with Jabo I learned the influences are from many regions like: Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Lebanon. Then there are the electronic dance music influences from the West of course. To blend this all I used a totally computer generated world. I used topological data from Morocco, hints of caligraphy and in general a geometric visual language which is known in Arabic art.</blockquote><p>Watch the music video for Jabo's "Pastilla," premiering here, and buy his <a href="https://lowuprecords.bandcamp.com/album/harissa-ep" target="_blank"><em>Harissa</em> EP</a> (streaming below), available now on Bandcamp through Belgium's <strong><a href="http://www.lowup.be/lwp009-jabo-harissa-ep/" target="_blank">Low Up Records</a></strong>.</p><p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="35b02b5cb537f06dbd4b2a207196c239"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jG5Ib0nYu4g?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></p><p><iframe height="150" seamless="" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3318851226/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=7137dc/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; width: 350px; height: 522px;" width="300"><a href="http://lowuprecords.bandcamp.com/album/harissa-ep">Harissa EP by Jabo</a></iframe></p>
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