The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Fa­tima Al Qadiri was born in Sene­gal to Rus­sian par­ents, raised in Kuwait and now lives in Brook­lyn. Her back­story mir­rors the eclec­ti­cism on Asi­atisch. Cross­ing in­ter­na­tional date­lines has al­ways been her way, as the sound­scapes on pre­vi­ous re­leases for Tri An­gle and Uno demon­strated. Here the some­times Vi­sion­ist and Fu­ture Brown col­lab­o­ra­tor, pro­ducer and com­poser looks to the East and Western per­cep­tions of what she calls “imag­ined China”. There’s a nat­u­ral in­quis­i­tive­ness at work as Al Qadiri goes into hy­per­ac­tive buzzing mode with a slew of Sino-grime mo­tifs that em­bel­lish and ex­pand the con­cept. You get warped r’n’b bal­lads (Dragon Tat­too), eerie off-kil­ter wonky grooves (Wu­dang) and Prince’s Noth­ing Com­pares 2 U enig­mat­i­cally re­tooled and re­booted as Shanzhai. It’s a head-spin­ning and com­pelling set of sounds spliced and diced to im­press. soundcloud.com/fa­tima-alqadiri Down­load: Shanzhai, Dragon Tat­too



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