Boomkat Product Review:
On her widely acclaimed debut album proper, Philadelphia’s Moor Mother protests and sounds out against the current state of race relations in USA, using a dense weave of field recordings, machinery, analog noise makers and, most prominently, her wildly processed vocals to punch her message in no uncertain terms.
Variously self-diagnosed as “Low fi/dark rap/chill step/ blk girl blues/witch rap/coffee shop riot gurl songs/southern girl dittys/black ghost songs”, her heaviness is only rivalled by the likes of Death Grips for its thorny Black Punk sensibilities, which she refers to in a wider sense as Black Quantum Futurism, which arguably better covers her rich bed of influences reaped from the musics of Sun Ra to Alice Coltrane, and the literature of Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez, for example.
Fetish Bones cropped up on many EOY lists in 2016 and it’s not hard to hear why. Pitting unflinching, documentarian lyrics about low income life in North Philly and the battle of Black bodies against the police state, with chokingly layered location recordings, palmed noise and turgid, rollicking rhythms, the results are a furnace blast of energy which, once witnessed, indelibly imprints the mind with her sound and politics much in the same way that, say, Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin chapters take us deep into those places, but far more violently and relevant to right now.