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Gonjasufi – “A Sufi and A Killer” [REVIEW / ONE TO WATCH] by Windowpane
Friday, March 5, 2010, 4:20 am
Filed under: Download, Music, Music New, Music News, Must Read, One To Watch, Reviews, Things We're Diggin'

I will go as a far saying that Gonjasufi is one of the most ‘unique’ (for lack of a better word) artists’ we’ve ever featured on PinBoard. We only post dope things on this site, so trust in us, but I feel I need to say “keep an open mind”, before introducing you to the world Gonjasufi has created with his incredibleĀ debutĀ A Sufi and A Killer.

Produced by Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer and Mainframe, this psychedelic and colourful album is by far one of the most eclectic pieces of work I’ve ever heard. The sounds and genre changes dramatically from song to song and while many may find that erratic andĀ in-cohesive, I find it quite interesting. On first hearing A Sufi and A Killer, after reading about it in the RBMA’s Daily Note, I was confused – not simply because it is pretty ‘out there’, but because I was really enjoying it! And no, I wasn’t high.

I enjoyed the dramatically varying influences – from Rock, to Folk, to the sounds of the Middle East, to Hip Hop, back to electro-dub-breakbeat-something. IĀ challengeĀ anyone to put a label on what Gonjasufi has managed toĀ assemble here. Gonjasufi’s voice is haunting, but seemingly acts as an accompanyingĀ instrumentĀ as apposed to the LP’s focal point. Admittedly there are some hit and misses throughout the album, but when it’s right – it’s right and for the most part it is – the songs grow andĀ complimentĀ each other well.

Listen: Gonjasufi – “Ancestors” (click arrow to download)

The fact that A Sufi and A Killer is difficult to labelĀ in an age where everything seems to fit into a musical box (R&B / Hip Hop / Soul / Pop / Rock etc) is energising. To experience something that plays so dangerously close to the line between genius and insanity is exhilarating. I reckon this is the closet to the hallucigenics-peace-loving-1970’s as we’re going to get. And like all those great albums, the more you listen to this, the more you discover and fall in love with it. For meĀ A Sufi and A Killer is anĀ experimentĀ gone great and reflects trueĀ artistry,Ā exploration and musicology.

A Sufi and A Killer is out via Warp Records on 8th/9th March 2010. Support great music.

Peace, Love & Gonjasufi

Speeakz


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