Expanding the global underground with Cairo artists ZULI and Rami Abadir.
Every week on Top Flight, journalist Chal Ravens sources the best new bass, breaks and riddims from around the world – from gqom to grime, dancehall to drum and bass, footwork to FDM and more. On this episode, she digs into Cairo’s thriving underground electronic scene and meets the musicians and DJs carving out a defiantly globalized sound in a city of historic contrasts. First, local producer ZULI introduces his new album Terminal on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label, explaining the noise, bass and hip-hop influences that shape his riotous sound. He also offers his perspective on Cairo’s current wave of experimental electronics. Next we hear more about the city’s vibrant underground scene from musician Rami Abadir, a co-creator of the Mapping Possibilities A/V series and one half of ambient duo 0N4B. On top of that, Chal selects tracks from Egyptian artists like Kareem Lotfy and Abyusif, as well as new releases from Drone, Forest Drive West and more.