Don’t let the badly photoshopped album artwork turn you off to the music of the Sheitan Brothers
To listen to the Sheitan Brothers is to take a journey through music that begins in Brazil and ends up somewhere in Arabia. Some liken their music to a kind of voodoo club experience.
I first came across the Sheitan Brothers (“Sheitan” meaning “demon” or “satan” in Arabic) by seeing some of their badly photoshopped album artwork online. Usually that kind of thing turns me right off, but this was so bad that I was curious. The album artwork featured the two producers photoshopped into the Breaking Bad poster (the album is called Breaking Trad). There were various allegoric objects added throughout as well. A lute added here, a funny hat added there, R2D2 photoshopped subtly in the distance. Who knows what it all means.
But while the artwork is horrendously composed, the music is not. That first EP I listened to featured two very well produced songs that mixed shamanic vibes with house music. It was very interesting.
After finding the Breaking Trad EP, I did a bit more research and stumbled upon their debut EP entitled Road 666. Again, the album artwork features some terribly photoshopped images of the two producers super-imposed into a well known image — this time it looked like it was taken from a scene out of Easy Rider. But I started to like the silly charm of the images. It brings a sense of humor to the music. It blends the Arabic vibes with western culture through the visuals. It creates a way in for people less familiar with this sound.
So don’t let the badly photoshopped album artwork turn you off. Give the Sheitan Brothers a listen.Sheitan Brothers – Gardien Volcan
Sheitan Brothers – Açaï [Breaking Trad EP Premiere]
Sheitan Brothers – Bled Runner
Sheitan Brothers – Bolide Alaoui