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In Khorasan

August 19, 2019

Secret Archives of the Vatican has a new album coming out on 6 September 2019 called Khorasan.  By coincidence, we came across this completely unrelated album today on Bandcamp.

Kamelmauz released this album in  2001 and calls the music World Hed Music.  He suggests the influence  of Bryn Jones (Muslimgauze), an artist who we’d also name drop.  In Kamelmauz‘s case, as in ours, the influence is more conceptual than sonic.

It looks like Kamelmauz was still releasing music as recently as 2015.

We like this. Have a listen.

Ethnostep 9 – excellent free compilation!

July 13, 2019

The latest release on the Subbass label is the ninth in the Ethnostep series. We’ve had tracks on some of the previous releases and we have two on this one, one from Secret Archives of the Vatican and one from Thousand Yard Prayer.   This is our favourite album in the series so far…there are some amazing tunes!  Our top pick would be Tikki Masala & Martyn Zij with Metenchi Sync (featuring Avi Adir) but it’s a hard choice as the quality is high.

They say:   Here it is – the 9th compilation of Ethnostep from Subbass Netlabel, a fusion of trance, bass, tribal, dubstep etc,  lots of great ethno-dub tunes from all over the globe, both contemplative and dancing, traditional and futuristic.  What is remarkable, the musicians do not pursue any commercial interests with this project. It is their interest to spread this beautiful vibration to this world in which we all live together.

There is a deeper explanation of the philosophy of this series of albums on the Bandcamp page.

Official release date is 14 July 2019, which is International Netlabel Day.

Orientalist Trap – Secret Archives of the Vatican Podcast 144

July 12, 2019

We have just uploaded a new episode of our podcast!


1  Biz – Hijab (2019 Mix)
2  Secret Archives of the Vatican – Prayer is Better then Sleep
3  TN Beats – Cleopatra
4  Thousand Yard Prayer – Afshin
5  VFM style – Egyptian King (Original Mix)
6  ASADI – Nazeri (Original Mix)
7  Thousand Yard Prayer – A City Named Abunhiswar
8  Fedayi Pacha – 50 Cent Vs Oum Kalthoum (Selecta Pacha mash-up)

If you like this music, please stream or download these artists’ music from their various music sharing sites.


VFM Style – Arab Trap at its best

July 11, 2019

I’ve recently come across various tracks by a Russia-based act called VFM Style on Spotify.   I guess you could call their genre Arab Trap but there is some Bollywood/South Asian influence too.  Arab Trap (and Persian Trap) are of obvious interest to us and we really like what they do. We recommend you check their music out!

They have several tunes on SoundCloud.  They also have a lot of great material on YouTube where they have more than 25,000 subscribers to their channel.  Their Bandcamp page is a little sparse – I wouldn’t bother.

So, we recommend that you check them out on Spotify, particularly a 50 song album called Ai Aruba which I think shows of their material to best effect.

We like music

Uncle Riotous vs The Keeper of the Archives

June 28, 2019

Here’s a link to a remix album we released in 2002.

The artwork was by our friend, Oliver Jelf,  and he went for a computer game look.

So much of our early work (and our more recent work…) was heard by a very small number of people but deserved more attention.  If we can find good quality files, we ‘ll get this up on Bandcamp in due course.

Stand for what you believe in…

June 26, 2019

I have just watched this YouTube video by Damian Keyes.  If you’re a musician, particularly a very-not-famous one, it’s worth a watch.


In summary, he talks about how too many of us don’t take any risks, only doing what is expected of musicians in our genre or environment and therefore being completely un-noticed among all the “noise” of everyone else who is doing exactly the same things.

What does that mean for Secret Archives of the Vatican and Thousand Yard Prayer?  I’m sure this is going to take some pondering over time but I have a few initial thoughts.

  • There is no point in us changing our music to make it more “commercial” or more genre-defined in order to, for example,  get on  Spotify playlists. If we become mainstream enough to get in there, we become bland and it’ll no longer be fun making the music anyway.
  • Our unique combination of musical influences is what separates us from the middle of the bell curve where all the “noise” is.  It’s what makes us interesting, albeit to tiny group of people. Our challenge is finding more people but not just any people. We need to find fellow travellers.
  • It’s better to have small number of people who are interested enough to journey with us (and maybe have some creative input too) than a large number of people to whom we’re just a part of the flavour-of-the-month. The larger group would just drop us when the next hip thing comes along.
  • I should ignore my doubts!  What we’re doing is right! We make good, interesting music and we should keep doing so as long as it is fun to do.


Hello Psychaleppo!

June 26, 2019

Our last post introduced you to an Iranian act. Here’s some more music from a country you’re constantly being lied to about, in this case Syria. Hello Psychaleppo are probably unlike anything you’ve heard before, a glorious culture clash that will leave a smile on your face. Probably.

They say:   Hailing from one of the most mystical and musically rich cities in the Levant. Hello Psychaleppo is deeply rooted in Arabic music tradition, captivating listeners with melodic strains of Tarab threaded seamlessly together with the convoluted sounds of electronic music. Hello Psychaleppoʼs compelling visual presentation is integral to the live experience that engages the soul and moves the body. Hello Psychaleppo is the brain child of Aleppian music producer and visual artist Samer Saem Eldahr

They also say:  Hello Psychaleppo “is a project fusing Arab heritage music and electronic sounds. Rare melodies of the bedouin ‘Mawwalsand choirs of old Tarab are carefully crafted with electronic solos and traditional ‘old school’arrangements giving this music a highly distinguishable and contemporary feel.”  

They have several tracks on SoundCloud. 

This album came out in 2017.


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