Sababa 5 – Funk #1 b/w Funk #2

Sababa 5, hot on the heels of their self-titled debut LP, share a pair of raw funk nuggets on one unmissable 45 via Middle Eastern psych groove merchants Batov Records.

This double-headed monster of a 45 marks a return to the band’s successful run of sold-out 45s. Only interrupted last year by their first full length album, which cemented their reputation for crispy desert grooves that combine psych, surf, and funk with a Middle Eastern accent, and caught the attention of BBC 6 Radio Music icons Iggy Pop, Huey Morgan and Cerys Matthews, and leading French radio station FIP and Nova Radio.

On the A-side, the simply titled “Funk #1” packs a solid punch of Skull Snapping drums and electric bass, Mediterranean synths and a healthy dose of JBs meet Omar Khorshid guitar, finally let loose for a hair-raising solo.

On the flip, “Funk 2” picks up the pace with a frenetic drum rhythm, classic circling funk guitar, and crazed synths, held down by an irresistible bassline and psychedelic organ chords.