Here's something rather tasty: a reissue of Zohra's obscure - but brilliant - 1977 single "Badala Zamana", which joined the dots between dancefloor disco and a traditional form of Algerian music known as "Rai". The original seven-inch single has become a sought-after item of late and it's easy to see why. Although the vocals are Arabic and the infectious rhythm draws heavily on the artist's Algerian heritage (she apparently moved to France when she was four), the sweeping strings and funky bass are straight out of the New York disco playbook (or at least the French translation - some may hear a touch of Cerrone here and there). It's a genuinely thrilling and hard-to-resist hybrid. Happily, the label has included a fresh extended re-edit on the flipside that stretches out the all-too-short original mix to four and a half spellbinding minutes.
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