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HAQIBATT - L'Electronique Des Songes - ALBUM REVIEW


L'Electronique Des Songes

Strasbourg, France

Credit - Bartosch Salmanski

When it comes to funk and groove electro, the French really know what they are doing evidenced nicely by Strasbourg, France duo Haqibatt. Their latest release, which was shared with the world on the fifteenth of November 2022, features 6 months of work, whereby this amazing duo come together and redefined what it meant to be Haqibatt and what that means when focussing on the Electro-Jazz-Groove vision. This Duo made up of Selma Doyen, on piano and percussion, and Christophe Piquet, on bass and sampling, has managed to build something utterly unique in their latest release.

This wonderfully titled release, ‘L'Electronique des Songes’, or for those English-speaking readers that didn’t get the chance to study French in school ‘The Electronics of dreams’, is an awesome six-track album, featuring twists, turns, joy and the feeling of the need to move and dance. With the longest playing track sitting at 9:46 and the shortest being at 7:07, be prepared to be taken on a journey of sound.

Kicking things off we are introduced to ‘La Quête des Palmipèdes’ which nicely translates as ‘The Quest of the Waterfowl’. In this, the feel of the album is really delivered with high-use piano and some gorgeously deep base. This is delivered with a beautifully upbeat rhythm with the piano piece being a gorgeous subtle continuous throughout as claps are brought into play along with some perfectly tempered high hats. As this track progresses, we are introduced to some gorgeous key twinkles, building almost a feeling of urgency within the listener.

This upbeat piece is in direct contrast to the next track ‘Cyclostorm’. In this track, we are introduced to a calm slow but rhythmic beat, but again provided those beautifully strong keys in the forefront of everything that is done. This is the track where I feel the funk really comes out to play, wit