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Boomkat Product Review:
German crate digger Çaykh commands a trippy mood, layering dusty samples of traditional music in an attempt to draw parallels with dancefloor house and techno. Clever stuff and really quite good.
Nicolas Sheikholeslami is best known for his curatorial skill. The Hamburg-born, Berlin-based 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 he uses his advanced knowledge of global traditional song forms to engage in his first solo production project. "Où" is a short but very sweet exploration of dance grooves, and uses 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 Sheikholeslami approaches the project with subtlety, almost creating an ambient mood rather than accenting the sounds too heavily. He lets samples speak for themselves, looping and phasing 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 lockdown mind-spiral.