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Asiatisch [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (23 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperdub
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,108 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shanzhai [for Shanzhai Biennial] ft. Helen Feng
2. Szechuan
3. Wudang
4. Loading Beijing
5. Hainan Island
6. Shenzhen
7. Dragon Tattoo
8. Forbidden City
9. Shanghai Freeway
10. Jade Stairs

Product Description

Fatima Al Qadiri is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Kuwait. In just a few years, she has quickly built a reputation as a conceptual artist, exploring themes informed both by her own background and global pop culture, through a number of highly acclaimed EPs, multimedia projects and writings. She is also a founding member of the production team Future Brown. Fatima's debut album is called Asiatisch , and as the track titles suggest, the record provides a simulated road trip through an imagined China. Musically, the album is an homage to that quietly influential sub-strain of grime, often loosely termed 'sinogrime' due to its preoccupation with Asian motifs and melodies, pioneered by the likes of Wiley and Jammer at the beginning of the 2000s in East London. 'Asiatisch' is a provocation which asks more questions than it answers. The title is the German word for Asian. Unlike its title, however, the music on 'Asiatisch' revolves around the fantasies of East Asia as refracted through pulpy Western pop culture, in particular Hollywood, literary fiction, music, cartoons and advertising. Fatima asks what is meant by the term 'Asian' in a digital age of viral interchange and the hi-speed trading of cultural bytes; the concept of 'shanzhai' proves pivotal, a term whose meaning stems from a wild, out of control zone of banditry, but which has come to be used to refer to the Chinese counterfeiting of Western brands and goods. While a number of producers have made takes on 'sinogrime' over the last few years, 'Asiatisch' is really the first record that attempts to articulate this weird complex of sonic interchanges between the West and China. With the exception of the opening track, 'Shanzhai', a haunting cover of 'Nothing Compares to You' with nonsensical Mandarin lyrics, and the shimmering 'Loading Beijing', 'Wudang' and 'Jade Stairs' which sample and distort classical Chinese poetry staging an epic confrontation between China's ancient soul and the onslaught of the industrial factory machine, most of the tracks blend mallets, bells, gongs, flutes, steel drums and choral atmospherics with the searing synth-brass and the skittering drums of grime, playing melodies that are inflected as much by classic R&B as to synthetic versions of traditional Chinese music. On "Dragon Tattoo" for example, stereotypical iconography of imagined China is slotted into a threatening, robotic R&B format. The carefree pirating of Western brands blurs into a soft-synth pirating of Chinese musical signs. 'Asiatisch' is wrapped in pristine artwork by Babak Radboy from Shanzhai Biennial, and the music was given a 3D sheen by in demand mixer Lexxx. Proclaiming both its love of both ancient and imagined China, 'Asiatisch' is a rare album that is both icily beautiful and conceptually layered.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
This extraordinary musical engagement with the idea of China by Fatima
Al Qadiri, part imagined travelogue/part high tech fantasy, is teeming with
ideas. There is a fierce intelligence driving this work and I would fall at the
first fence in attempting to elucidate her concept and vision, so I won't even
begin to try. What I have heard here, however, is both intriguing and thrilling
in equal measure. 'Asiatisch' is, quite simply, a five star sonic masterpiece.

Listening to it I am reminded, in some ways, of the impact which Gazelle Twin's
stunning album 'The Entire City' had on me back in 2011. It absorbed my attention,
almost to the exclusion of everything else, for several weeks and I feel fairly certain
that it's going to happen all over again with this baby. So be it! Bring it on!

From the utterly surreal opening number 'Shanzai (For Shanzai Biennial)' a shape-
shifting reconstruction of The Small Purple One's 'Nothing Compares 2 U', sung with
haunting passion by Helen Feng; through the atmospheric pseudo/quasi-oriental beats
and synth sonorities of inventions such as 'Szechuan'; the angular robotic cut-and-paste
playfulness of 'Wudang'; 'Shanghai Freeway' with its gamelan ensemble-meets-creature
from the back lagoon B-movie landscape; to the final deeply unsettling miniature,
'Jade Stairs' (totally spooky!) our attention is never allowed to waver for a single moment.

Wonderfully strange and strangely wonderful.

Highly Recommended.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Healy on 18 July 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Something outre that I sent to a fan of Mandarin music.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stevens on 1 July 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great immersive album and would have offered five stars, but where is my Autorip version?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
love it... 23 May 2014
By BradTurner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great record. I listen to it at night when everyone is asleep. I will say it is not for everyone. But that seems to be intentional. Sometimes I feel like she made it just for me. Its that personal and intriguing. Just my opinion. Congrats Fatima on this beautiful piece of work. P.S. the Vinyl version is Killer.
"Sinogrime" 10 Jun 2014
By T. O'Neil - Published on
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Interesting enough on it's own merits, Hyperdub continue along the path of their A&R strategy of the past couple years. Fatima Al Qadiri joins the roster of offbeat, "avant garde" (more so in their positioning within the so-called Bass music world than breaking ground on a bigger scale) such as Laurel Halo, Jessy Lanza, Dean and Inga, alongside the usual beats and bass crew. in this instance, Al Qadiri draws for the obscure, ephemeral and posthumously named "sinogrime" sub sub genre. Overall a pretty good album, not quite as captivating as some of Hyperdub's recent offerings, but worth a couple spins.
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