The duo's "Theme" is probably the best thing on the EP, and, thankfully, it isn't just Arabic melodies pasted onto acid house. The duo sends a wafting melody through a sieve of percolating hand percussion, with the acid manifesting in satisfying bursts of harsh resonance. Crackboy tries his hand at attacking the source material directly with a remix of Omar Souleyman's "Shift Al Mani." His attempt is wildly unhinged, as the hammering drums struggle to contain the original's monophonic fury.
Boys In The Oud—a collective that includes Versatile boss DJ Glib'R—get dubby on "Cosmique Arabe." Like a journey through some trippy Shangri-La, the group places melodies and furiously plucked guitar on a foundation that leans towards disco house. With "Le Bon Vieux Temps," French dance magnate I:Cube is the only one who takes the predictable route. Essentially boilerplate acid house saddled with Middle Eastern motifs, it's serviceable but feels like the simplistic pastiche that everyone else managed to avoid.