Grey Filastine was born in Seattle and lives in Barcelona, but he's a globetrotter through and through, and Dirty Bomb is a pastiche of sound from around the world. With an ear pointed to the type of gritty urban centers depicted on the album cover, Dirty Bomb references dubstep, baile funk, breakcore, North African drum patterns, Arabic folk music and Bollywood strings. And it will devastate your subwoofer.
Someone more eloquent than me-- DJ /rupture, actually-- said that while the internet has exposed a wide audience to non-Western music, it's exposed an even wider audience to Western music. Turn on the TV in the UAE and you can watch MTV Arabia, but turn on the radio in North America and the closest you get to Cairo is "Big Pimpin'". I don't bring this up as outcry, just context.
Ours is an age when anyone with an ISP and sufficient inclination can sample the world’s musical wares, from the melancholic sounds of Moroccan gnawa to the ebullient bump-bump of carioca funk, without ever leaving the safe confines of the Internet. Even musical collaborations can be made at an arm’s length and an ocean’s distance away. But producer Grey Filastine prefers to keep things closer by venturing further afield.