Devotion: Cheb i Sabbah

This Algerian born DJ and now long-time resident of San Francisco has made a series of albums featuring Indian classical music. This one really hits the spot, because unlike a lot of world-beat albums, Cheb has kept the beats under control and lets the music and the real live traditional musicians and singers do their thing. Most of these pieces are long and hypnotic, but full of emotion – and a couple approach bliss-out proportions. The album closer is a 10 minute soundscape epic, with bells, the sounds of running water and snatches of voice music and sounds.