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Tinariwen – “Tenere Taqqim Tossam (Four Tet Remix)”

We caught Tinariwen back in July on the North American leg of their tour at the Troubadour.

The desert is  jealous – TV On the Radio’s Kyp Maloneshe soothes on “Tenere Taqqim Tossam.”  She gives and she takes.

One of the best aspects of Tinariwen is that even if you can’t understand a thing that they’re saying, you happen to feel connected to their powerful storytelling ability.  There are more commonalities between urban and Saharan life than one would imagine.

They have experienced the human condition; whether through war, strife or drought, they’ve seen a thing or two and listening to them draws one to a much more pensive existence.

Four Tet’s remix takes that oral tradition and adds an ever subtle twist that takes the struggles of the barren dessert and adds a tinge of that midnight groove, making this track copacetic enough for the city scape, yet inhibiting little of Tinariwen’s powerful exuberance.

See the Tenere Taqqim Tossam (Four Tet Remix) below-

Contrast this with the original version, performed last week on the Colbert Report.

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Tinariwen with Kyp Malone & Tunde Adebimpe – “Tenere Taqqim Tossam”
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And if you haven’t caught this acoustic session in the Algerian dessert.  Tinariwen recorded with TVOTR’s frontmen for parts of the album.  Wilco’s Nels Cline and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s horn section come in later for some added umph.

Tassali is one of our favourite records of 2011.  It is well worth your time to dig deeper. Here is an exclusive online performance for Colbert’s show.

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This post is dedicated to Gerard, Anselm and all the Smith Family.


This remix was first featured in Four Tet’s mix for Tim Sweeney’s Beats in Space on WNYU.

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