Boomkat Product Review:
'Sampler' is a collection of over 300 trumpet pieces, with a series of collaborative tracks on 'Sampled' on which Mazen Kerbaj’s co-composers use sounds lifted from 'Sampler, featuring impressively sourced contributions from Muqata’a, Gavsborg, Marina Rosenfeld, Don Zilla, Deena Abdelwahed, Electric Indigo, and others.
Two albums for the price of one - first we've got Kerbaj's "Sampler" sides, two 20+ minute explorations of techniques he's been perfecting for 25 years. It's stunning material that pushes the trumpet into fresh places -and our preconceptions out the window. If you're a producer into brass there's basically a set of incredibly high quality metallic swooshes, squeaks and whistles on display, which is exactly the starting point for the rest of the LP, where a hand-picked selection of artists piece together their own tracks from these elements.
Deena Abdelwahed is first up, meticulously constructing a piece of searing industrial club music, while sonic alchemist Rrose deploys a disorienting low-lite techno crawler that uses Kerbaj's trumpet burbles to mimic analog synth sweeps and clanging percussion. As expected, turntable guru Marina Rosenfeld takes a more experimental route, dragging the sounds through her idiosyncratic processes and forming them into abstract new shapes.
Electric Indigo makes aquatic moves with 'Mazen's Trumpet', echoing Monolake's precise digital beat constructions but replacing electronic elements with breath, spit and the bell-like clanging of metal, while Equiknoxx's Gavsborg provides the cherry on top, molding Kerbaj's wonked soundset into a killer slow-mo dancehall slither on 'Now Serving #8190'. Aye.