A product of the Parisian dance scene, though Tunisian by birth, Smadj (a.k.a. Jean-Pierre Smadja) has successfully blended his roots with his musical tastes to combine North African and electronic music with Latin, jazz, and oriental sounds. To complement his unique vision, he drew on the talents of some of the most exciting musicians currently recording outside the mainstream of contemporary music: Talvin Singh, Amit Chatterjee, Mehdi Haddab, DuOud, and Rokia Traore. "Take It And Drive" is a very personal vision, but it features a global cast, and its blend of European electronica and influence relies heavily on Africa and beyond. "A digital Renaissance man, Smadj, a sort of African Brian Eno, has created one of the most outstanding debuts in recent years" - Daily Telegraph, UK.