Ma’ana Music are proud to announce the next chapter of their vision of promoting Middle Eastern Electronica – Ma’ana: DAY being distributed by Sony Music ME and released today April 27th 2017 on all major worldwide digital stores and here in the Middle East. Ma’ana Music label boss Tobie Allen originally launched Ma’ana – Sounds of Dubai, in the summer of 2015, after being overwhelmed with a number of unheard and talented producers in the region’s vibrant music scene. Ma’ana as a brand has gone from strength to strength in such a short time, with their radio show on Dance FM, a newly formed licensing arm, weekly events and now their third album.
The next compilation of the series delivers not only a mix of exclusive music from the regions’ wealth of talent, but launches an exciting project signing local producers from countries such as Iran, Lebanon, Bahrain and the UAE.
“I felt it was time that we spread our wings at Ma’ana to showcase more artists from around the Middle East”, explains Ma’ana Music GM Tobie Allen
Ma’ana: DAY brings together a wide cross section of artists from across the Middle East, each possessing a mutual love for day time beats that evoke a chilled out poolside or beach front vibe. From the sun drenched tones of Amit Porobo’s “Feelings” to the euphoric bounce of Arcade 82’s “Where Are You Now” via Bruce Monteiro’s lucid “Ey Ya” it is easy to close your eyes and be taken elsewhere. While away those balmy afternoons and evenings with the forlorn “Oath” from Fireflies, yet on the flip side head to Hoolz’s “Summer Morning” offers a more subterranean approach which makes for a snappy, winding percussive deep houser.
“Five Alive” from Dubai based Fuentes & Tito Mike offers more bang for your buck (dirham) with the swagger of live bass, rolling drums and 90’s synths. Komino steps up the pace with the well-crafted “Sea and Sun”, bristling with emotive strings, vocal snips and guitar licks, while Korek & Marlon Perez turn in an understated, yet energetic minimal burner. M.H Project (Iran) drops the tempo and raises the pressure on “Conflict” with a synth heavy future bass roller that bubbles under with breathy vocals and ethereal percussion.
Moe Turk (Lebanon) returns with “One Thing” which could easily soundtrack the morning after a poolside party session, while Nesta (Lebanon) employs the vocal talents of Roya to great effect on the beautifully downtempo ambient “Take Me Back”. The ever-present combination of Sam Farsio and Jason Pinto deliver a punchy al fresco number infused with repeating conga’s and Thai ching that perfectly punctuates “Sultan” throughout. Tom Noize widens the spectrum for his big room beach groover “Dubai Beach” to make way for the sun kissed piano of Wisqo’s “Holding On”. Rounding off proceedings is the silky smooth swagger of Megadon Betamax & Konialidis’ Balearic re-rub of Trio De Cajon’s “Cerca Del Mar” which could just as easily transport you to the White Isle.