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The Alchemist Releases New Instrumental Album Called 'Israeli Salad'

Song titles of note include "Shalom Alechem," “Yalla Yalla”, “Yehudi El Yehudi” and “Bone Thugs N’ Haifa”

By: Nathan Burley

Published: May 29th, 2015 in Culture » Music » News

The Alchemist Releases New Instrumental Album Called 'Israeli Salad'

Photo: 'Israeli Salad' album


Veteran hip-hop producer The Alchemist, who has worked with Shalom Life favourites Action Bronson and Mac Miller (among many others) has just dropped a new album with a distinctly middle-eastern flavour.

While travelling in Israel, The Alchemist picked a wide assortment of records that he has since sampled, reworked and turned into the instrumental album Israeli Salad. The album is directly inspired by Israeli music, culture and as the album art and title suggests, culinary proclivities.

The album art was created by Haifa graffiti artist Unga of the crew Broken Fingaz.

Similar to Alchemist’s 2012 album Russian Roulette, which uses 1970's Soviet music as its main source material, Israeli Salad finds the Alchemist exploring a different aspect of his heritage through the hip-hop sampling art form.

Not since “The Socalled Seder” has Hebrew and hip-hop been so thrillingly merged. In his signature funky collage style, Alchemist layers drum brakes, with various warped and looped vintage Israeli records. On “Shalom Alechem,” a pitched up vocal recording of the Sabbath song refrains over a hard, 90s style boom-bap beat, spiced up with intermittent “check it out”s from the voice of an unidentified hype-man. It's awesome.

Other song titles of note include: “Yalla Yalla”, “Yehudi El Yehudi” and “Bone Thugs N’ Haifa.”

You can stream the album here or purchase the album via iTunes. Hear "Shalom Alechem" below:

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