More insane electronic jazz meanderings from Jon Hassell and co, this one from back in 2005 on the short lived Nyen imprint. On Maarifa Street he teams up with the Tunisian Oud player and vocalist Dhafer Youssef as well as Rick Cox and Peter Freeman. Real deal future jazz here, and a testament to Hassell’s creative pursuit of new technologies and his willingness to explore new musical forms. The prominent use of synthesisers and keyboards brings Maarifa Street into the same eccentric realm as the likes of Jimi Tenor. Those expecting a rehash of his 70s and 80s albums can think again though.