The Raatib, the book of unshakable facts, is a powerful , spiritual book of prayers completed in 1885 A.D. It is said to have magical powers to bring all the elite (intelligent enosites) of the earth under one umbrella. The book was intended as a medicine for a sick world in which there is a desperate need. It is said to possess high mystical powers, powers that bind hearts, minds and communities.
It is on this book that electronic music artist Raatib has based his soon to be released 34 track album, The Raatib – Chapter One – The Message. The album which covers the Psy-Trance, House, Tribal House and Tech-House genres will be out on Breaking Tribal Law Records, a sub label of Beats 4 Djs Records.
Raatib’s album mix incorporates works, loops and samples by various artists and dj producers, like Bob Marley, Rhy Smugglers, Karan Luthra, Ki Lan, Baramuda and Deex, Afrotronic, Flowrider, Matt Busse, Sheybe, Sezer Usal, Dj Quixx, Niala Kil, Soulquark and many more.
The Raatib – Chapter One – The Message is an essential collection of ethnic musical influences on today’s club music. Somewhere between Tribal House and Tech-House, this mixture between African rhythms and chants and modern electronic grooves and tunes has not only become a very popular part in international club culture, it has made a deep impact on DJs and producers all over the world. Whether the songs contain electro, dance or even disco elements – they are associated by the same vibe that unequivocally shows what Raatib’s compilation is all about.
This is a superb collection of songs that reflects the emerging fusion of music and the development of new musical styles: all within the powerful and mystical context that is contained within ‘the book of unshakable facts’.
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The Raatib – Chapter One – The Message is haunting, evocative, mysterious, and magnificent. Apart from its beats, rhythms and chants, the album offers musical explorations of sound and sensation that dazzle and amaze. The songs unfold in rolling waves, each more complex and richly layered than the last, yet each fully capable of standing alone as a musically satisfying experience.
The beauty of this album is that, even with the separate standout songs, it flows together as one complete journey with each song feeding seamlessly into the next. The Raatib – Chapter One – The Message provides a memorable musical adventure for the listener and may foreshadow the greatness to come on subsequent albums of this caliber.
There are many great songs on this album, which has a strong Native African feel to it with chants that are interspersed with soft lyrics. Raatib’s song mixes are almost like stories. The song may grow and change as it progresses and many have several different movements to them. There is a beautiful blend of the different types of instruments and sounds in perfect proportions making the sum more than its parts. This is one artist where you’ll want to collect all his works, and The Raatib – Chapter One – The Message is a must have to any electronic music collection!
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