Thursday, March 03, 2016

Fatima Al Qadiri - Brute [Hyperdub Promo]

To be released on March 4th, 2k16 is "Brute", Fatima Al Qadiri's second album on the ever active Hyperdub-imprint which comes across as a dark, dystopian manifesto reflecting on today's society and overall oppression as well as the militarization of government forces and restricted rights through the use of epic synth melodies with inherent qualities representing murk and endangerment which are combined with a stripped down, yet highly powerful and hard hitting foundation inspired by UK Bass music like Instrumental Grime and Industrial Dubstep. This imminent danger is especially present in tunes like "Curfew" sporting reprocessed police or fire department sirens or in the raspy, lurking basslines of "Battery" and "10-34". With "Oubliette" we see the NYC-based artist provide angelic beauty and synth-led salvation before the apocalyptic killer cut "Blow" deals with police brutality during Wall Street protests. Furthermore we see "Fragmentation" combine peacefully plucked string beauty and cinematic widescreen synth arrangements to create an intense, score'esque piece of Advanced Ambient whilst the melodic approach of the closing tune "Power" builds a bridge into the past of 2014 when Fatima Al Qadiri released her widely praised album "Asiatisch" which we highly recommended to anyone. And same goes for this longplay effort as well.


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