Release Date: Jun 14, 2011
Record label: Duke Productions
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Alongside the roaring Harlem rapper Vado, Rhode Island native AraabMuzik has been one of the key figures in the re-emergence of Cam'ron, Dipset's language-bending figurehead. After a long period of complete disappearance, Cam's been going through something of a comeback lately, aided in large part by tracks like Araab's punishing "Get It in Ohio". Araab's work for Cam, and for other freelance clients, sounds dollar-store cheap but knife-edge tense; it reminds me of Steve Jablonsky's score for Friday the 13th.
When a "mainstream" hip-hop producer releases a solo album, it's hard to know what to expect. Regardless, I don't think Dipset member araabMUZIK's debut album could be considered anything but a splash of cold water in the face. Electronic Dream exposes mainstream hip-hop and pop's current obsession with cheesy euphoria and trance (Polow Da Don, RedOne, etc.), pilfering synth passages and even entire tracks before demolishing them with his beloved MPC drum machine.
A word of warning for anyone who might be expecting something along the lines of AraabMuzik‘s hip-hop production work: Electronic Dream is an album of trance music, and the bulk of its tracks will fit right in amongst those of the TiÃ«stos, Oakenfolds, and other club-filling DJs of their variety. Where AraabMuzik makes that sound his own is with the addition of his signature MPC drum machine work, breaking out a wide assortment of samples, and dropping them in over his hard-hitting digital percussion. The backing layer of trance music throughout Electronic Dream is used, primarily, to create mood.