RIYL: dub and instrumental hip-hop with some Arabic flair
Label: Boomarm Nation
El Mahdy Jr. dropped a literal mixtape last year that I wrote up, and it ended up being in my top favorites from 2016. I listened to it on New York streets and subway rides more times than I can possibly count. It took from the incredibly dreary and at times foreboding settings I was in, and took me off to this luxurious city in the desert. El Mahdy Jr. used little English sampling on that tape, and since I can’t understand Arabic it just added to the mystique.Β Time to Sell the Golden Teeth, even with only two tracks available to listen to at press time, seems like it’s going to accomplish the same thing for me. “Revolt Yourself” and “Time to Sell the Golden Teeth” both have a gentle stream of sand coming in through the cracks, and the vocal sampling’s entirely in hazy Arabic. These beats are unlike anything you’re hearing today, especially concerning the beat music scene. Listen to the first two tracks below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of them. Cheers!
After a flurry of releases over the past 4 years for the likes of Deep Medi, Zam Zam Sounds, Danse Noir, and most recently for Discrepant with his acclaimed long-form abstraction "Ghost Tapes," El Mahdy Jr. returns to Boomarm Nation for an anticipated follow up to his 2013 debut LP "The Spirit of Fucked Up Placesβ.
With "Time to Sell the Golden Teeth," El Mahdy Jr. continues where he left off with an evolving palette of rough hewn-beats unburdened by genre constraints, thick atmospherics, and a very deep and dubwise center of gravity. Drawing from the sounds of his cultural background, and the daily grind of living in an increasingly loud and hostile capitalist world, the sounds presented here display the deft evolution of an ambitious young beat maker and experimentalist into a poised, focused, and selfless artist who places his emphasis on the emotion and energy of sound and place over the wild self importance of being an "artist".
releases March 31, 2017
Music Produced by: El Mahdy Jr.
Art / Design: Polygon Press
Mastering / Executive Production: Jesse Munro Johnson
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