Midnight In A Perfect World: Maral

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Diana Rojas

Los Angeles-based artist Maral has formed a unique vision of club music, one that embraces her heritage and re-contextualizes it for a new audience. Focusing on the interplay between sounds and culture, she combines Iranian folk field recordings with raw distorted beats in hopes it will introduce listeners to new ways of perceiving music. Her debut release Maral Club was released by the cutting-edge label Astral Plane Recordings in July 2019, and late last year she unveiled her debut full-length album Push on the Los Angeles-based "all-genre" label Leaving Records.

Maral's guest DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World weaves and zig-zags through new and old faves in her deep library of songs from all over the world. Spanning an impressive array of styles, Maral boldly jumps between progressive club beats, obscure global songs, psychedelic R&B ballads, evocative folk excursions, timeless alternative rock, immersive dub rhythms, and more.

Midnight In A Perfect World Intro
Isao Tomita Arabesque No. 1
Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo Hum Ghar Sajan
Maral Blush Edit
James Massiah Natural Born Killers (Ride for Me)
DJ Haram No Idol
DJ Manny Teklife Fade Away
Refreshers Way U Smile
Farai Lion Warrior
Innke Ice Gate
Suzi Analogue Way Live (feat. ZenSoFly)
Arthur Russell Me For Real
Tickley Feather Cow Man
Lafawndah All That She Wants
The Breeders Walk It Off
Samsimar Bapikek Balam
Joe Meek & The Blue Men I Hear A New World
Mohamed Al Ali Mili Alay (Sway To Me)
My Bloody Valentine Touched
Maral Avaz-e-Del
Omar S Thank U 4 Letting Me Be Myself
Various Ala mesye ki gen kourai hanbile
Various Artist Southern Iran Zekr
Maral Bushehr
David Lynch Go Get Some
Nidia Vergonhoso

Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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