Boomkat Product Review:
Kareem's 1997 single 'Ciclops' is now renamed 'Solaris' and available for the first time as an official download. Unlike almost anybody else you care to mention from the Industrial field at that time, Kareem was dabbling in both Techno and Hip Hop rhythms, with a dash of cinematically dark ambient on the side. The 'Intro' here is an arresting piece of dirge-like organs and creaking ambience not far from Nate Young or Demdike zones, while 'Solaris' and 'Satorius' drive across razed, bleak and unrelenting Dub Techno terrain. The other anomaly is the original title track 'Ciclop', a dank and disquieting instrumental Hip Hop number sounding like something RZA might make had he developed a taste for Lustmord and opiates, or perhaps a discarded El-P sketch for 'The Cold Vein' - a sound he would brilliantly expand upon with two seminal releases on Ramadan Records. Recommended.