Pandemic Grooves: Bedouin Release Sultry New EP ‘Whistleman’
Curiously enough, we’ve actually never needed music to make us move more than we need it now. After all, sheltering-in-place can lead to a worryingly sedentary situation, if not given proper consideration. Dancing at home, also, can produce a temporary euphoria—and what could be more welcome at this moment?
So we enthusiastically embraced the arrival of the new Bedouin EP in our in-box. The five track release by the venerable Brooklyn house music duo—Tamer Malki and Rami Abousabe—notably centers on new single and title track “Whistleman” (along with two more new songs), which brings the sultry grooves, and layers them with exotic soundscapes and moody, if ostensibly aloof vocals/harmonies. The result is kind of like the sonic equivalent of 72 hours in Morocco and Brazil, recalling the cosmopolitan cool of the likes of Thievery Corporation and Aluminum Group.
The track appears in three forms on the EP, including a thundering, bass heavy remix by Pablo Fierro.
“We’ve been working on this EP for a few years,” Malki explains, “writing and producing the three original tracks separately, and then putting them together; because we felt they made a nice story that way.”
“Whistleman” was actually specifically written with their new label in mind, intriguingly titled Human by Default. Abousabe rightly reminds that being human is, actually, the only decision that is entirely out of our control.
“Every other choice in life we can make for ourselves,” he observes. “And we embrace this heavily, as artists in our quest to challenge everything we currently understand musically. The artists [on the label] encompass the careful balance between musical discipline and creativity, and have proven over and over the ability to create what we feel are the most forward thinking and honest expressions. After all, the most exciting thing remains to be what is not yet created.”
This is a great start.