New York producer mixes UK grime and Asian influences
On two EPs prior to this debut album, New York producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri has applied her foreboding electronic futurism to obscure global influences like Muslim worship songs and Gregorian trance. ‘Asiatisch’, however, is even more pretentious, pairing instrumental UK grime with Asian flourishes to explore the relationship between the west and China. There is a cover of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, sung in Mandarin, where blunt mallet sounds replace drum kicks, while flutes haunt songs like ‘Szechuan’ and ‘Shenzen’. It’s minimal to the point of hollow and glacially paced to the point of boredom. By closing track ‘Jade Stars’, Qadiri’s instance on leaning on the keyboard’s choir button may well have pushed you over the edge.