H.H. – Hayet Hayati’ is the second studio album of Memento and DBArtists head honcho Idriss D. Hayet, that in Arab means ‘life’, is thefirst name of Idriss’s mother: the album is dedicated to her, who havealways been a leading a lucky star and a trustworthy shelter for theAlgerian artist.
‘H.H.’ is a rich summary of all his influences, devotion to music and splendour; written and produced throughout many months of hard passionate work, it shines for its variety and its consistency.
‘Intro Salam’ featuring Eryn Eliott from Detroit opens the ball with a
delightful blend of evocative Saharian woodwinds and chants and a steady four to the floor rhythm.
‘Lost and Conscious’ displays the greatest influence that street Hip Hop has been on Idriss’s musical journey, and accompanies super rolling fat beats with the swinging Italian rap of Libbera and a dystopic array of synths and bass lines.
Eryn Eliott deep space spoken-word in ‘Phenomenal Woman’ takes us out in the sky with its fluffy atmospheres through the funkiness Middle East flavoured percussions and a blues bass guitar. Like a bolt from the blue, the title track ‘Hayet Hayati’ brings us with its hard kick drum, and incessant repeated stabs in the middle of a dance floor, in the rush hours. Inflaming the atmosphere with its heated vocal hooks and acid bass line.
The soulful voice of Eryn Eliott is again injected in the fast paced
‘Call Detroit’, another late time killer cut, minimalistic, funky and
full of Motor City reminiscences.
‘Moody’and ‘Re-Dimension’made of shuffled rhythms and futuristic vibe showcase Idriss’s passion for American Techno and the big influence that has been to work with many of the Detroit GodFathers in the last years.
Finally, ‘Salam Outro’ featuring his uncle Zerouala Mohamed Lamine closes the album in a suggestive beatless journey into the mysterious nights of the Great Desert.
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