- Deena Abdelwahed appears on the first of three Under Frustration volumes, out in May.
French label Infiné Music has announced its latest undertaking: a three-part compilation in partnership with Arabstazy.
Arabstazy is a multidisciplinary platform and collective based in Tunisia, Paris and Berlin. It was started by Tunisian artist Mettani to explore the nature and the flaws of pan-Arab identity, particularly in the wake of the Arab Spring movement. According to a press release, Under Frustration is "an assessment of how diverse, shattered and intricate the Arab world actually is," and highlights the existence of an "independent" Arabic electronic music scene connected by political landscapes and shared experiences.
The first volume of Under Frustration will focus on Tunisia, Egypt and Berlin. Deena Abdelwahed—who originally introduced InFiné to Arabstazy—appears, as does Mettani, Cairo's Ismael, Beirut-based Aya Metwalli and Tunisian artists Shinigami San and Mash.
For more on Abdelwahed and electronic music in Tunisia, check out our Breaking Through feature from last year.
Listen to a mash-up mix of the first volume.
A1 The Triangle - Dead Traveler
A2 Ismael - 2310
A3 Shinigami San - FGTN
A4 Mettani - Anubiya
A5 Okydoky - Mother's Milk
B1 Muudra - Hemshin Breath
B2 Deena Abdelwahed - Arroubi
B3 Tropikal Camel - Birth Of Ashaan
B4 Aya Metwalli - Lugere
B5 Mash - Echoing
InFiné Music will release Under Frustration Vol. 1 on May 25th, 2018.