Boomkat Product Review:
Cairo's 3Phaz fires a killer missive for our Documenting Sound series, following his crucial volleys of searing Mahraganat hard drum mutations for Cairo Concepts and 100copies, with appearances alongside Kareem Lotfy, DJ Haram, DJ Plead, EEK, Islam Chipsy and Zuli.
Over the course of 45 minutes 3phaz reconfigures his sound to rudely hypnotic levels that are slower, more screwed, salted with noise to taste. Inspired by themes of “introspection, mundane repetition, anxiety, and uncertainty” the results bristle with a glowering force, screwing electro-chaabi like something from a hazy late ‘90s Houston, while going over-easy on the distortion with an eye-wobbling crunch.
The tape’s title ‘Instant Dry Yeast’ is perhaps a good metaphor for the music’s coarsely ground and fundamental roughness, piling forth drily rising microtonal drones, mechanically reclaimed hardcore techno loops and jiggling chaabi drums that sound like an echo of Muslimgauze finally allowed to escape a battered FX unit, tipping the scales between militant snare rolls, dread bass and trippy tonal abstractions that recall adjacent actions from DJ Plead, 33EMYBW or Nazar, as much as the likes of 1127, Ain or Arca.