Boomkat Product Review:
Nene H relates the experiences of grief and life as a woman of a Muslim upbringing in the western world with her debut album for NYC’S Incienso, following their top tier LPs by DJ Python and Call Super
Borne as a tribute to her late father, Beste Aydin aka Nene H’s ‘Ali علي’ reflects her background in classical music as much as club styles across eight tracks that synergise slow, concentrated backroom styles and upfront bangers with alien-processed, elegiac laments. Nene arrives at this point via a killer handful of 12”s for Intrepid Skin, Moral Standards, Standard-Deviation, and Possession, to lay out her sound’s broadest coordinates, proving equally adept at introspection as she is at raving dynamism.
Bookended by the plangent, keening chorale and aerial trance arps of ‘Letztes Pech,’ and the Burial-esque isolationist beauty ‘How We Say Goodbye,’ the album shifts through gears of grief and wallhanging outbursts; concentrating tradition and futurism in the slow hitting ‘Lament’ and the pealing microtonal licks on ‘We Wait,’ whilst the pent roil of ‘Rau’ and its contrasting ‘Reue’ trigger the album’s hardest feels in the pounding ‘Gebet’ and party rocker ‘The Hustle.’