In an interview with The Believer, Sublime Frequencies founder Alan Bishop described a vast difference between Western and other cultures. "There's a thing about 'new is everything,' old is unwanted," he said, going on to add that while he fetishized these cultures' old music, he realized that in locales like Thailand, Morocco, or Syria, "the culture is left to rot, just like the buildings and the infrastructure. No money is going back into preserving things." Perhaps as a bulwark against such rot, the Habibi Funk imprint was set up two years ago to shine a light on older music from the Arab world and founder Jannis Stuertz is aware of that dichotomy.
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