Upfront 040 / October 19, 2015

Disco Halal

Tune in to hear how Team Halal achieve the perfect fusion of rich Middle Eastern sounds in a modern-day European dance format – all done with love.

About this mix

Disco Halal hails from beneath the minarets of the Holy Land. Led by Moscoman, the resonant sound drifted forth, across the continents, gathering kaleidoscopic fragments of found Middle Eastern sounds and fractured European rhythms, all along the way, washing up at last, upon the shores of Berlin, finding home in the almighty OYE Records shop.

A celebration of a world without frontiers, and a dreamscape ruled by love, Disco Halal is the cosmic vibration of forever unity. This 60-minute mix features tracks from current Disco Halal releases as well as exclusive previews of upcoming ones, blended all the while with Moscoman’s influences and like-minded contemporaries. An essential journey, deep into the label’s universe. Listen well, for the night is but young.

Team Halal

Boiler Room says...

BR's recent trip to Istanbul sparked our interest in just how popular Turkish music has become as of late. More and more Ottoman-inspired instrumentation and sampled snippets from Turkish pop classics can be spotted in dance music, predominantly hip hop and house, and chances are it's by a non-Turkish musician.

Of all the people currently reappropriating Anatolian music, Disco Halal achieve it both successfully and respectfully. When proposing an Upfront mix to label head Moscoman, he responded simply with: "Thank you for helping us share our beliefs." Operating out of Berlin, the esoteric sounds emanating from the imprint are the product of a close-knit, family-like collective. Team Halal often club together to collaborate on tracks and reworks. What they accomplish is a perfect fusion of rich Middle Eastern sounds in a modern-day European dance format. And it's all done with love.

Julia Kisray

Julia Kisray

Julia is Digital Editor & Music Programmer at Boiler Room.