Tribal Mastermind Saeed Younan at Dance.Here.Now. This Week

Tribal house, now a beloved and influential movement of producers and DJs, may not have evolved to its current prominence without leaders like Saeed Younan. His beats are imaginative and heavily percussive, taking a cue from the music of his native Iraq, an example of how futuristic house can be genuinely tribal.

In Washington D.C., where Younan started off as a hip-hop DJ during his high school years, he linked up with Palash Ahmed to form Addictive Records, vinyl-centric carriers of the tribal house mantle when it was a lesser-known sub-genre. In 2004, he set up Younan Music, a digitally focused enterprise with names like Stacey Pullen, Pleasurekraft and Filthy Rich on the roster. Last year he put out the driving, mystically inclined “Natural System”, a collaboration with Boris. He’s received countless accolades from the electronic music community, with DJ Times including him in their Top 50 for several consecutive years.

The party architects at Dance.Here.Now. were clever enough to snag Younan for an explosive session at Cielo, and we’re itching with excitement.