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Boomkat Product Review:
Unmissable debut from Cairene artist 1127, getting right under the skin with abstract electronics comparable to Autechre, Lag Os, or Heith releases - TIPPED!!!!
Approaching ‘Tqaseem Mqamat El Haram’ we’re strongly reminded of the idea that “writing about music is like dancing to architecture.” In that sense, the music is sending us breakdancing in Cairo’s dusty flux of multi-period buildings and making us do the splits on a pyramid.
It’s just incredibly riddled with richly characterful sounds that are shredded into mind-bending geometries, from convulsive knots of noise to calmer passages inhabited with Arabic voices and powerfully rhythm-driven bits spitting strange vocaloid artefacts. To our mucky ears It all evokes the feel of a Neil Blomkamp flick shot in Cairo 2050, where stifling heat and pollution means everyone wears breathing apparatus and hover cars sputter about its dusty sprawl.