Boomkat Product Review:
Salem Rashid's Bedouin imprint rounds up a selection of its releases from 2016-2018, choosing impressively grimy industrial abstraction from AQXDM, Hieroglyphic Being, J Tijn, Merzbow, Tzusing, Pan Daijing and more.
Established in the United Arab Emirates but now based in Thailand, since 2014 the Bedouin label has established themselves as a thought leader in the contemporary industrial landscape. "The Shadows in thy Glimpse" maps out their greyscale modus operandi for those that may have missed some of their best moments, collecting material from their out of print catalogue and re-introducing it into the world once more.
There aren't and dull moments either, and plenty of unmissable highlights. Hieroglyphic Being turns up assisted by the The Truth Theory Trio for 12-minute electro-jazz jammer 'The Papyrus of Ani' that, as expected from anything Jamal Moss touches, is worth the asking price alone. EKMAN's 'Alchemy' and 'Quintic' will be essential for Bedouin heads looking for blown-out grimdark electro, while Nene Hatun (now Nene H), Pan Daijing and Tsuzing show the label's outer fringes with tracks that hint at warehouse techno's booming excess but drape it in searing noise and squelchy analog electronics.
Aquarian and Deapmash's ace AQXDM melt jungle and industrial techno into a polished floor filler on 'Ballad 002', one of the compilation's clear standouts. But it's Merzbow who takes the gold (and the longest runtime) with the 15-minute 'Tomarigi, Pt.2', a searing blast of acid noise and burbling power electronix. Utter chaos, in the best possible way.