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Berlin’s dark techno stalwart, Kareem commits a gloomily satisfying 2nd album of gothic drone and depth charge percussion with ‘Garden Of Time’, leading on from 2013’s ‘Porto Ronco’ LP for The Death of Rave
First performed at Sam Kerridge’s Contort #15 in Berlin, 2015, and recently rearranged and extended for this release, ‘The Garden of Time’ presents a stealthy evolution of Kareem’s first longform attempt at this style, back with 2015’s ‘Porto Ronco’. Where that release absorbed listeners in its stark linearity, this new album is more layered and given to shifting, weathered moods, avoiding formalism through a broader palette of references to sub genres ranging from dark ambient to computer music and rhythmic noise.
These are essentially the sounds Kareem dreams about in between making some of the finest dark techno known to humankind. ‘Inhale’ unmistakably reflects a nocturnal Berlin environment, but soberly so, as though perched beyond the gurning milieu in the city’s freezing dry cold, absorbing its sferic spirits and multi kulti makeup in shocks of processed outernational instrumentation and dissonant noise alarms. ‘The garden of Time’ follows more aggressively with eruption of broken toothed rhythm kicking off a stygian trudge into sombre, dank ambient and flashes of olde Berlin cabaret.