Mehdi Haddab talks about Kalashnik Love

Speed Caravan

If you’ve never regarded the oud —the fretless lute at the core of so much traditional Arabic music— as a rock’n’roll instrument, then you’ve clearly never heard Speed Caravan or the frenetic and joyous playing of Mehdi Haddab. The Algerian-French trio create music that references The Cure and The Chemical Brothers alongside Algerian rai and other Arabic influences in a glorious collision of global sounds and styles.

Further reading

Bab L’ Bluz win Songlines Award for Best Fusion Act

The Moroccan-French four piece band's album 'Nayda!' was released last June on Real World Records.

‘Mangled Pianos’ by Bob Holroyd, new on Real World X

New music from acclaimed artist and composer Bob Holroyd on Real World X.

A Lantern and a Bell: Track by Track

Emil Svanängen a.k.a. Loney dear and producer Emanuel Lundgren discuss the new album.

Track of the day: ‘Oppenheimer’ by Loney dear

Loney dear's latest single was inspired by the American theoretical physicist, J.R. Oppenheimer.