Thursday, April 24, 2014
As these pages have been following Fatima Al Qadiri regularly since she released her still stunning "Warn-U" under the Ayshay moniker it's no wonder we're well excited to announce the arrival of her new album "Asiatisch" via Hyperdub in early May which starts great with "Shanzai (For Shanzai Biennal) feat. Helen Fung" which is nothing less than an angelic cover version of Sinead O'Connor's early 90s uber-hit "Nothing Compares 2 U" in Chinese (???) language, setting things straight for a ten tracks journey dealing with asian influences in Bass Music of any kind. Speaking in these terms we see "Szechuan" coming up with an amalgamation of MythStep and lively, uplifting synth melodies combined with deep and deadly bass assaults whilst "Wudang" cold floors crowds with a huge Instrumental Grime vibe and "Loading Beijing" represents great outerworldly bass spheres warping through space like echoes of a distant planet. And who- or whatever is living on that faraway dirtball, we wanna join 'em for a dance. Same goes for the abstract, stumbling riddims of "Shenzen" which accompany what might be the biggest hit on "Asiatisch" when it comes to lovely, embracing synth layers and Future Love Bass for sunup moments on the most advanced dancefloors followed by the "Dragon Tattoo" as the next primetime abstraction calling out for a rewind or two - transfer the Rephlex brand related Braindance into a vocoder-driven Future Bass context and you'll be aware of what to expect here. Another tune to check out for a reason is the fully beatless but still heavily grooving "Shanghai Freeway" serving a well threating sub nicely contrasting jubilant melodies whilst the outroductionary "Jade Stairs" present a bit of Ambient with Chinese vocals. An 11 out of 10 album for sure.