DJ Patryk Abboud reveals his top five dance tracks at the moment.
He’s currently playing gigs in Germany but will soon be returning to Sydney for his regular nights of playing world music at Beats and Bites at the Flinders, and Middle Eastern fare at Caf?el Arab?t the Colombian.
DIRUBA (Junkie XL Remix)
This is world music for the 21st century, people! Symphonic, euphoric sound that evokes centuries of women’s voices from medieval Europe to the modern Middle East. The meshing of traditional Persian lute, Turkish and Kurdish instruments, familiar trance beats and uplifting vocals takes you on a journey to the Middle East without leaving the dancefloor.
Les Rythmes Digitales
Get ready to disco in Paris, punks! Sassy four-to-the-floor French disco pop delirium, with loads of funky slap bass and 80s synth hooks all messed together here with such style. Listen out for the vocals of infamous 80s pop maestro Nik Kershaw too.
Claude Challe with the Grand Orchestre Comptoir De Marrakech
A prolific music producer, Claude Challe has been around since the early 60s and he’s one of the regular spinners at Buddha Bar in Paris. His re-interpretations of classical Arabic and eastern-flavoured tracks and the way he weaves them into intensified, pelvis-thrusting dancefloor killers is so sexy.
UNDERNEATH THE VEIL
If you’re a fan of Pet Shop Boys, you’ll love this. It’s electro 80s synth-pop with deep dark vocals courtesy of Peter Heppner (vocalist on a couple of Paul Van Dyke tracks). It starts off sounding like a film score and closes with a driving drum’n’bass beat.
A m?nge of Middle Eastern melodies, swirling orchestral strings, stabbing synths and ambient electronic beats. I have been ending almost every set I’ve done over the last few months with this track because it seals the night with a dream-like energy.