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Boomkat Product Review:
Coby Sey, Jlin, Moor Mother, CHAINES, and Nazira rework songs from the debut album by British-Kazakh classical violinist and experimental composer Galya Bisengalieva
Fielding a broad range of remixers, ‘Aralkum Aralas’ sees Galya’s arrangements reinterpreted in curious ways that loosely relate to her music’s oneiric purview. Most striking among them is Moor Mother’s, adding her foreboding vocals to its widescreen strings in potent fashion, while Jlin also impresses with an unusually reserved and spacious take on ‘Barsa’ making fine use of its visceral high register strings in contrast with her swingeing bass rhythms.
Kazakh DJ/producer Nazira also resets Galya’s work to the floor with more direct pressure in their rolling breakbeat techno take on ‘Kokaral’ primed for pouting club types with its godly breakdown, while it’s left to Coby Sey to provide the set’s most bracing, abstract revision with the brittle drums and haunted choral pads of his killer ‘Aralkum’ remix, and Chaines emphasises the dreamlike nature of the music in a sublime, delicate rework of ‘Zhalanash.’