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Boomkat Product Review:
Five years since 'Island Noise', Notts bass soldier Kamal Joory aka Geiom is virulent and as unconventional as ever on 'Black Screen', his first album for Frijsfo Beats. Much like Charlie Brooker's sci-fi drama feature 'Black Mirror', the title reflects an obsession with the intersection of bleeding edge technology and human emotion, human reflexes. It features Kamal in constant flux, adapting and responding to recent shifts in style and technology, gleaning the tangiest, sweet 'n sour digital melodic dissonance and cross-cultured rhythmic patterns to best represent his take on the world via his preferred medium. "This is just an outsider’s interpretation, however. Geiom himself says the title came out of the dying moments of a mobile phone, when he imagined its “digital life flashing before its eyes” and lost conversations leaking into the ether. It also relates to “ancient studio technology” which he uses despite its unreliability. “One of my sampling keyboards will sometimes play ghost versions of sounds that were deleted years ago,” he says. This kind of crosstalk runs through the album, which buzzes with hordes of chattering sonics, while the haunted keyboard appears on interludes credited to Geiom’s alias Hem. The Hem tracks form interferences in the flow of the album, enabling it to switch between tempos of 130, 140 and 170 beats per minute. The longer sections in between are coherently mixed together, making the whole thing into a seamless network of music."