If you've never heard the name Max Pashm before, then it's time you checked out the work of this Brighton-based DJ – and in particular his album Weddings Barmitzvahs and Funerals.
Originally released in 1997,and inspired by his Jewish heritage together with his love of Greek and Arab music, the album was a big hit across Europe and Israel, and ten years on, is well worth revisiting.
The ten-track album gives a fresh new techno twist to some classic celebratory Hebrew tunes as well as Middle Eastern grooves – among the more recognisable tracks are The Wedding Dance, which puts a high octane beat on the old favourite Chusan Kallah Mazeltov (you'll never have heard it performed quite like this before). Other highlights include the fast-paced Jerusalem, and the trancey-sounding Ha'shem, while of the more secular tracks Tibetan Trance is a standout.
These days, this kind of music is quite common, with artists such as Canadian musician and DJ Socalled, American performer Joshua Sitron and British band Emunah offering their own contemporary twist on old Jewish standards.
However, when Max Pashm did it a decade ago, it was pretty groundbreaking stuff – not many people were doing this kind of thing with the songs of their forefathers.
Ten years on, it seems to have stood the test of time – it still sounds cool and modern, even when compared to most of today's efforts, and with the rise in popularity of Jewish-themed dance music, is ripe for rediscovery. If you like your Jewish music fun, quirky and less than traditional, then this one's for you.
For more information: www.maxpashm.com