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Ou
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LP

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AKUMS 1003LP AKUMS 1003LP
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12/4/2020

Où cela commence-t-il ? Where does cultural appropriation end and procreational fusion begin? The answer to that depends on the perceiver. For some, applying the structures of electronic music to folkloristic samples may seem de-contextualizing. Yet when considering the similarity between dancefloor compositions and the minimalism of Steve Reich and Terry Riley, the gap to traditional music begins to fade away. They remain distinct mostly by aesthetic characteristics of sound. Nicolas Sheikholeslami's premiere solo record as Çaykh is named after the French conjunction "Où" -- meaning "where" -- as this was the linking element during production. We witness an attempt to re-contextualize music that travelled from analog tapes -- recorded in different localities along the Indian Ocean -- to a hard-drive via 192kb YouTube rips. The sample-based compositions were digitally arranged before regaining their warm sonic qualities in a vintage mixing studio. This EP assembles three metamorphic fourth-world disco pulsations. Expect some heavily trance-y and polyrhythmic analog-fi jams. Nicolas Sheikholeslami, aka Çaykh, is a Hamburg-born and Berlin-based DJ and producer. He is active as drummer and percussionist for the projects Spiritczualic Enhancement Center and Circuit Diagram. Çaykh's three earlier sound-collage cassette releases have already earned him a certain fame in the fourth-world and outsider-disco realms. His collection of pre-war Somali music called Au revoir, Mogadishu (2015) paved the way for the Grammy-nominated Sweet as Broken Dates compilation (2017), which he co-curated. Comes with download code; edition of 300.