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Part of the Correspondant takeover
Khidja (pronounced Khadeeja) are seemingly unstoppable at present. The Romanian duo have been winning over hearts with their slow-paced psychedelic jams. Starting in the 10th grade in the backyard of their German High School, they found the name “Khidja” by stumbling upon an old record by the legendary band Mandrill, which included a track with that same name. Fusions of styles, from latin and prog to funk and jazz, is what they’re all about. Their music is a true journey, changing and transforming. While collecting and absorbing music from all over the world for many years they eventually found interest in the roots of their home country. These sounds can be heard in their first few releases, alongside mixtures of Middle-Eastern electronic music now synonymous with Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman.
Their release via Malka Tuti, El Fadaa, was the release that really caught my attention. Premiered by Les Yeux Orange, the duo’s Middle-Eastern influences are shown through a spoken poem by Alan Berliner, live instruments mixed with electronics and some Arabic singing, all intertwined together to form a special, psychedelic journey lasting twelve minutes. In the years to follow they’ve returned to Malka Tuti and Especial, as well as joining the Love On The Rocks and, this year, Hivern Discs families. They also joined Correspondant, with a track contribution on their 5th compilation alongside Zombies In Miami, Borusiade and many others. Celebrating the release, Khidja have picked out four tracks that have influenced their productions.