When it comes to tech house and techno, it’s not all about raving in dark basement clubs with your head down, and Ma’ana: Sounds of Dubai is proof. The compilation brings the soulful house sounds from the underground scene into the clubs of Dubai.
The record is a united collective of the most talented producers based in the city brought together by DJ Tobie Allen, co-founder of Bootleg Social Records. Over the course of a year, the team auditioned and collected a variety of tracks from Dubai’s best dance music producers – from nu disco, deep house and soulful house to tech house through to techno. From an initial 65 submissions, the final track listing was cut to 21 varied tracks including by Andy Buchan, Tom Chubb, Thomas Gandey, Smokingroove and Ilona Maras. The record rarely puts a foot wrong.
It hits its stride with Ilona Maras and Stellar Disco’s Invitation, the springy groove of You2 by Andy Buchan, which oozes Ibiza beach vibes and Still Drive by Tom Chubb, whose infectious groove would no doubt rock the socks off the crowd at Blue Marlin Ibiza. Standouts include Smokingroove’s hypnotic Genco, the futuristic Rollerblade from Deep Hertz and Tobie Allen’s Breeze, which might be the best track in the pack and is definitely worth a listen. Save a dance for Nick Hussey and Drinky’s Dictator, which features Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech from The Great Dictator, which is seven minutes of exhilarating beats. An honest representation of club music from the cream of the Dubai producer crop, we reckon even the most commercial of music lovers will find Ma’ana hard to resist.
The bottom line
Ma’ana brings the underground out of the dark and into the spotlight.