Boomkat Product Review:
Tehran graffiti writers, Kahkli Cru helm a surreal waking dream of a session on Parsa’s highly watchable young label from Iran, Active Listeners Club - Æ/Gescom/Skam nuts should be all over this one!
Even the thought of Iranian graff writers channelling Persian geometry into their work makes us salivate a wee bit, and with ‘Hollows’ it’s not hard to follow that line into sound, with deliriously contoured results. As with Autechre and their pals, who started out as graffiti writers and pursued those aesthetics into their peerless sound designs, here Kahkli Cru appear to short circuit the links between visual and auditory senses with four hallucinatory, polychromatic sound images full of melting angles, aerosolised textures and dripping dissonance, complemented by a remix from label heads Parsa and Ramtin Niazi in their Ben & Jerry guise.
Yet for all our references to Æ, Kahkli Cru’s work doesn’t hinge around old skool hip hop, but does feel more like instrumentals for some alien MC, effectively ripping the snare hackled spine out of Æ styles and sparking the ligaments and musculature with electrodes to make it dance impossibly like some AI generated avatar. In case you’re wondering, that’s a bit of fantasy of ours, so it’s a good thing, and at best in their polymetric head wobbler ’Shaded 3rd Duct’, and the pitching, curiously emotive traction of ‘Onomatope’, with Ben & Jerry sealing the deal on a fractalised remix of ‘Scala’s Typany.’