Boomkat Product Review:
Çaykh, the enigma behind that all-time killer 'Au Revoir, Mogadishu' mixtape of Somalian obscurities back in 2015, is back in a tripped-out mood, layering traditional music in an attempt to draw parallels with house and techno.
Nicolas Sheikholeslami is best known for his curatorial skill. DJ and producer even notched up a Grammy nomination for his work on the "Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa" compilation, and now uses his advanced knowledge of traditional song forms to engage in his first solo production project. "Où" is a short but tight exploration of dance prototypes, making use ofthe sort of fuzzy loops you might expect to hear on a Sublime Frequencies comp or a Madlib beat tape to explore the links between folk music and contemporary house and techno forms.
This isn't a completely unfamiliar concept, but Çaykh approaches the project with subtlety, almost creating an ambient mood rather than accenting the sounds too heavily. The looping and phasing is in an almost Riley/Reich-ian mode, creating what the press release calls "4th-world disco pulsations". Trippy, fuzzed to perfection and properly good for the mind-spiral.