One of the most talented electronic music producers to emerge out of the Middle East in the past few years, BluePaper is the gift that just keeps on giving. Following the internationally celebrated release of his five-part Elephant Rock EP in March 2022 – and an exquisite contribution to the subsequent remix package which followed in June – the burgeoning Saudi talent now looks to expand on the success of his first two releases on WTR, as he unveils the next single in his ever expanding musical arsenal – Sunsets in Marrakech.
Steadfast in his resolute commitment to originality, BluePaper’s impressive musicality shines front and centre, together with his long-standing affinity for organic, arabesque, electronic soundscapes. Delivering a beautifully nuanced underground house cut awash with warm polyphonic textures, beautiful harmonies and a steady groove that bolsters the record throughout, BluePaper’s latest offering is an absolute masterclass from the off; its pulsating heartbeat and ethereal character sweeping and soaring with intense delight.
Staying true to his roots, BluePaper takes the listener on a deep, emotive journey across the single, which finds an undeniable high in its beautifully crafted breakdown. Made for the dancefloor with its warm basslines and hypnotic beats, the record shows confidence but at the same time feels honest and fragile. Subtle yet immense, Sunsets in Marrakech is produced with the poise and elegance of an artist who has been captivating hearts and minds across the Middle East, and beyond, over the past few years.
Speaking about the record, BluePaper commented:
"Sunsets in Marrakech is an ode to my absolute favorite city in the whole world. Marrakech was the very last place I visited right before the Covid lockdown in 2020 and holding onto its fond memories really helped me find tranquillity in the midst of the darkness that followed. Deeply haunted by the side winding alleys, long and narrow passages and the vibrant souls that wander between its venerable red walls, and inspired by the days we spent at the rooftop terraces of the old Medina; hypnotized by the allure scenery of el-Fnaa square, while the sun goes down."
Sunsets In Marrakech marks the latest record in a run of first-rate output from WTR, who have been going from strength to strength with each passing release this year. Established by MDLBEAST Records in March 2022 as a home for Arabesque electronic music, WTR has enjoyed a run of critically acclaimed releases from artists across the Middle East and beyond, including ZONE+, Shkoon and Rashid Ajami.
BluePaper – Sunset In Marrakech is out now via WTR.
1. BluePaper – Sunsets in Marrakech (Original Mix)
Launched in March 2022 as a subsidiary label of MDLBEAST Records, WTR is a home for organic, arabesque, electronic music. Taken from the Arabic word ‘watar’ – meaning ‘string’ or ‘chord’ – the label represents a blend of deep, ethereal sounds from the region, and champions traditional music from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia within a modern electronica framework.
MDLBEAST LLC was established following the success of its flagship festival MDLBEAST SOUNDSTORM. It is a music entertainment company that aims to showcase established as well as up and coming talent, present audiences with original content and deliver live entertainment.
The company further expanded across talent, content and events with the vision to inspire and connect with Neo-Arab youth. Talent focuses on scouting and developing upcoming regional artists, giving them a platform to elevate their presence in the region across various channels including MDLBEAST Records, the company’s record label arm which produces and distributes music by local, regional and international artists.