Boomkat Product Review:
Absolutely killer all-over-the place mixtape from Çaykh, the same dude who made that incredible 'Au Revoir, Mogadishu' mixtape of Somalian obscurities, as well as a much sought-after tape for Nina’s V I S label, now providing a new bounty of unidentified sounds for Basster Jazzster & Dima Rabik’s Russian radio show turned mixtape label, Amateur Exorcist.
As you’d hope from a selector of such renown, Çaykh’s latest mixtape is full of sounds from far beyond the putative mainstream, so far in fact that we could hardly even point to their countries of origin, nevermind the genre, artist or track titles.
However it’s dead easy to pinpoint the vibe; coursing myriad stripes of soul-nourishing folk and psychedelia, swinging back and forth from dusky, lysergic songcraft to flowing African rhythmelodic traditions and even what sounds like Steve Reich doing Cumbia, right thru to slow-motion, shoegazing house and meditative ambient pops.
It’s certifiably one of those mixes where the handrails or signposts are non existent, each juncture logically leading to another dimension of gentle atmospheres and surreal surprises, maybe best imagined as sort of shamanic narrative or trip. We can almost guarantee that you’ll be clamming for a tracklist by the end of the tape!