The Maghreban aka Ayman Rostom is one of the most unique and respected beat makers working in house and techno today. His dusky grooves, heavy bass pressure and clanking drum breaks sound like they were dredged from the bottom of the river Nile, imbued with a maverick personality that shares kinship with the likes of Detroit's Andres and Waajed, making him a perfect fit on R&S's storied roster of pioneering outsiders. After the extended clamor for a Maghreban long player, the wait is over as Rostom unleashes his debut album 01DEAS.
Packed with richly satisfying cuts, the album draws on the Maghreban's usual musical themes; 90s Home Counties rave, '93 dark jungle, 80s Steppers reggae, Broken Beat, dark modal jazz, colonial Afro Rock and psychedelia. Despite this eclecticism however, it's the consistently seductive groove at the center of his music that is the key to his music's ability to entrance the listener. However, throughout 01DEAS a dark mood is also evident; "I make heavy, dark music I think growing up with some Arabic music allowed me to appreciate minor key stuff. And the Arabic music is big and dramatic. It's one reason I liked death metal and hip-hop in my early teens alongside old hardcore/rave and jungle. It's all heavy, head banging music. I'm usually trying to make the heaviest sounding thing that I can."
For the first time, the album sees Rostom joined by a stellar cast of guests including Brighton based songstress Victoria Port of Anushka, Zimbabwean vocalist Rutendo Machiridza, rapper A-F-R-O, and best friend Gatto Fritto.