Release Date 04/07/2017
(I.O.T Records )
Al’Tarba in an Abstract/Electro/Hip Hop artist from Toulouse. His career spans nearly a decade and includes 5 albums, 2 Eps and numerous collaborations.
At the whim of this naturally curious artist’s musical ballads, he has been successively considered as a pure Hip-Hop beatmaker, a dark, almost horrocore artist - in the same style as Stoupe, and then, following the success of records like Mushroom Burger, Petite Maline and Sexy Coccinelle, as an energetic electro composer similar to Chinese Man. More recent, softer projects have placed him in the same vein of abstract Hip-Hop artists such as RJD2 or DJ Shadow. He creates sound with increasing finesse and tact, sampling music and vocals synchronized to within a thousandth of a second: the atmosphere is both dark and dirty but never neglects the melody. It’s a soundscape universe. His and his alone.
“When people listen to this record I want them to see Travis Bickle prowling around Gotham City with four Droogys in town” - AL' TARBA
With La Nuit Se Lève, Al’Tarba brings the tempo right down and thrusts us into a thick urban plague on the trail of twilight bestiary: pariahs, sidewalk survivors, gun toting mavericks straight out of the Tech Noir wave and slasher style anti-heroes.
You’ll find them all roaming throughout the track list of this new album from the Toulouse- born Producer: “As a child I spent hours alone listening to audio books, soundtracks with multiple narrators. Sound effects, improbable sound design, field recording, street dialogs... Well, years later I rediscovered this narrative culture in Hip-Hop – in Wu Tang and Mobb Deeps’ interludes. And after all this time, their evocative power remains intact and still inspires me just as much.”
La Nuit Se Lève is a dark and anxiety provoking sound experience: it’s one night, in troubled waters, a long, nocturnal tale in which the author meets a host of characters in various locations. Including guest stars: - Bonnie Lie on the track She's Endorphin, Stevie Rayban, “the distorted voice you’ll here on the track "On The Prowl”, Dj Nix’on, “my long-time live collaborator who scratches on Starship Loopers” as well as the New Yorker, Little Vic “One of the first Mcs I ever worked with over a decade ago”.
It’s a cinematic record. Deep and packed with organic sounds, samples slotted in to a thousandth of a second. Al’Tarba’s La Nuit Se Lève holds its own when it meets with “the unparalleled, honed and darkest of dark” texts penned by Virus. The Rouen-based rapper, heard alongside the likes of Al, Casey, Rocé and Prodige, lends his skills to the black ballad Beatmaker. The artwork, by Shalik (P36 Posse), includes not only the cover art but also four exclusive illustrations - each one inspired by the album’s interludes. Al’Tarba occupies a place somewhere between the Damned, Dj Medhi, Filastin of the Def Jux catalogue, and balances on a tightrope somewhere between Abstract Hip Hop, gloomy down tempo and dismembered swing.
So get into character because La Nuit Se Lève is a long night coming filled with the souls of the damned and fascinating encounters.