Debruit And Alsarah

"Aljawal"

(Soundway); World Music

By ​Phil ​Bennett

One of the great things about today’s world shrinking technology is that a project like this really isn’t so unusual at all.

Khartoum-born Alsarah lives in Brooklyn and sings in her native Sudanese. Her comrade for this venture, Debruit, a French producer, resides in France but tours the world with his uniquely fashioned beats.

As a pairing, they’re a match made in sonic heaven with her soaring vocals performing a range of interplays with his subtle production techniques.

No ordinary dance album, this recording features an eclectic mix of styles ranging from synth pop to dervish and Nubian folk, and their willingness to let each other step forward and grab the reins makes for a perpetually interesting listening experience.

Tracks like Loulia and Jamilla feature Alsarah’s voice with all its throaty elegance, while a number like Khartoum sees her become almost invisible as Debruit struts his rhythmic stuff.

Quirkily effective in its cross pollination of styles, Aljawal has the energy to get your legs moving matched with the relaxing ambience to watch the sun go down by.

Top notch.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.