Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue of an adventurous and exotic suite from Amsterdam-based, Lebanese audio/visual artist and musician Raed Yassin on Annihaya Records - who recently released a Sun City Girls comp. 'The New Album' twists and repeats samples of popular Arabic music from his collection of vintage/hard to find vinyl collection through a maze of glitches and vinyl crackle with a ruffneck avant-garde B-Boy aesthetic, calling for comparisons with the likes of Muslimgauze, Mutamassik or 2/5BZ. There's a strong texturhythmic theme to the majority of the album, often in the form of heavily repetitive, but cherry-picked loops which rarely outstay their welcome, and cut-up with rudimentary scratches designed to distort their hypnotic effect. We're also reminded, to a certain extent, of Joseph Hammer's recent missive for Pan in the psychedelic potential of his authentically Arabesque patterns, although Yassin doesn't go quite as far with the electro-acoustic manipulation, favouring rawer techniques like unpredictable surges of volume and jagged segues between blocks of sound, often knitted together with arrhythmic digital glitches. The effect is potent and intriguing, constantly darting into ones just beyond the realms of expectation.