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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.

1. Betty
2. He Said
3. Vogue
4. Aurore
5. C'est Comme Si C'Etait Fait...
6. Sel
7. Drive
8. Fatwords
9. Meeting With The Bushmen
10. Tristan
11. Fatwords
12. Fatwords

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rasa Music
  • ASIN: B000E6GC66
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
From start to finish this album is fantastic.
Rich atomspheres, deep and laid back beats, lovely Arabic feel.
In no way is he shooting for traditional oud music...so dont expect it!

This is a LUSH downtempo album with moods of TASTEFUL house and trip hop drizzled in.

The oud playing is fantastic, the beats on point, the female and male vocals are intriguing and very heartfelt.
The remixs of Fatwords are a FANTASTIC addition.

Thank you Smadj this wont be leaving my CD player for a while....now how about some vinyl?

Fans of Thievery corporation, nickodemus, Bombay dub orchestra, K&D, do not pass this up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scoundrel on January 29, 2013
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Smadj's ethnic fusion continues with TAKE IT AND DRIVE, though he takes a new direction. The compositions here are more spare than his earlier works, as you can hear immediately from "Betty," which you could almost describe as oud-school minimal. The bass and Rokia Traore's vocals on "He Said" stand alone in a spacious atmosphere, a feeling that recurs on "Aurore." "Vogue" begins to fill things out sonically, abstracting and stretching out Dierdre Dubois' ululations and making good use of Talvin Singh's tablas, and "C'est Comme Si C'était Fait..." adds more digital trickery, including some cut-up vocals, to the dub chug. "Drive" puts some Indian vocals whirling in the mix, and Rokia Traore returns for some mild electro on "Fatwords." The Bushmen chanting in "Meeting with the Bushmen" shows how far they've come (thankfully) from Deep Forest's treatment. "Tristran" mixes the instruments with subtle bleeping that that it seems almost natural. On the two bonus tracks, Semtek adds a pleasing house beat to "Fatwords," while Al West make the track almost ambient, incorporating some vinyl crackle and a hardly-there beat. A great album for drives of any sort.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. TIMMERMAN on October 9, 2007
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Smadj is a virtuoso French-Tunisian oud player (one of the DuOud duo) and has created a traditional/electronic fusion with mixed success. For me the tracks that sounded the most traditional are the best, with the oud being the dominant feature. The percussion accompaniment is very good, but some of the electronica, although not too over the top, ultimately became noisy and annoying. Certainly not as subtle as oud-player Dhafer Youssef's recordings. His are arty where these are pop. Still, there's a nice Arabic atmosphere and some may enjoy the funk more than I did.
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By amante on January 22, 2015
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awesome
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dana denney on August 2, 2013
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one good song and the rest totally blow do not buy this album unless you want to waste your money
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