Fatima Al Qadiri
Asiatisch


4.0
excellent

Review

by TMobotron CONTRIBUTOR (25 Reviews)
May 7th, 2014 | 72 replies


Release Date: 05/05/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A journey through an imagined China, old-school video game landscapes, or wherever Asiatisch happens to take you.

Asiatisch is described by Al Qadiri as a simulated road trip through an imagined China - the China that has been filtered through Hollywood blockbusters, comic book exaggeration, and cartoon bombast. Knowing Al Qadiri’s ideas that influenced her production illustrates the motives behind the album’s creation, but does little to bolster the message delivered by Asiatisch, as the concept itself is more vividly captured and illustrated by its powerful imagery. From the obvious digitized, chinese vocals and tracks punctuated by pounding gongs to the slightly less obvious eastern-tinged flute melodies, this “imagined China” concept seeps through the cracks at every available opportunity. If crafted under less-talented hands, an album based entirely on this singular theme could easily come across as one-note and heavy-handed, but Al Qadiri’s sound pallette is already so eclectically rich and diverse that the pounding gongs and eastern-flavored steel drums and flutes are just a few more ingredients to add to the massively dynamic mix.

Asiatisch, and Al Qadiri’s work in general, gains most of its charm through the unique and vivid worlds her productions inhabit or even conjure up entirely on their own. Her prowess in fashioning these vibrant imaginary worlds is matched in strength only by her ability to craft them using unpredictable individual elements with meticulous attention to detail, giving the tracks a captivating deformity and a foreign nature that arouses curiosity and intrigue at an unmatched level.

Perhaps the most important aspect of Asiatisch’s sound is its multi-dimensional layering, providing colors and moods, even if only fleetingly, that illuminate subtle corners of the alien atmospheres. Due to the album’s heavy grime influence, much of the aesthetic has a largely digitized feeling, giving everything a sleek, futuristic sheen, but also evoking the warm nostalgia of old-school video game soundtracks. “Hainan Island” is stuck with one foot in a Super Mario World lava cave and the other in a Final Fantasy boss fight, while “Wudang” and “Forbidden City”’s icy choral flutterings could have been plucked straight out of a Secret of Mana ice world. Every track here plays out like a vibrant illustration coming to life, and after the high-speed ride through “Shanghai Freeway”’s neon-lit, frantic steel-drum chaos, the album seems to come to a screeching conclusion much too soon. Asiatisch may be a brief listen, but its impact is long-lasting, and the iridescence of its atmospheres and environments makes it an absolute must-listen.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Azn.
May 6th 2014


5615 Comments


this sounds absolutely awesome from the review, gonna give it a spin

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2014


7145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can only find a good link of the opening track which is a bad representation of the album, but here's something off her last EP, which is closer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlHa6-ORPcw

Lotus
May 6th 2014


506 Comments


oh cool i was gonna check this out

ASnideReturns
May 6th 2014


5242 Comments


Might listen to this.

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Lotus
May 6th 2014


506 Comments


wow hydra is really good

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2014


7145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man check this out if you like Hydra. Thanks azn and thanks to whoever featured this (I think I have a pretty good idea ).

CrimsonLies
May 7th 2014


2045 Comments


Sounds interesting

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yay this got a review, good job TMo ;) ~

chug73
May 7th 2014


1220 Comments


Will check this out after class. Is it on Spotify?

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2014


18859 Comments


should check good review

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WashboardSuds
May 7th 2014


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

need dis

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2014


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

s o u l s e e k it

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2014


31475 Comments


Thanks azn and thanks to whoever featured this (I think I have a pretty good idea )


Oh do you now?

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Chrisjon89
May 7th 2014


3833 Comments


the opening track sounds like a re-imagined Nothing Compares To You

Chrisjon89
May 7th 2014


3833 Comments


good review. this has it's moments but didn't do a great deal for me

ProjectFreak
May 7th 2014


1438 Comments


For some reason I think I'll dig this, good review

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2014


3486 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah this looks super cool but I've been catching up on some DnB (platinum breakz 4 and mosaic 2) so I'll listen to this soon-ish. will read review soon

Typhoner
May 7th 2014


891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review TMob! I really like Al Qadiri's vision and idea's, but I'm still on the fence whether I like this as much as you do.

BTW, regarding links, there are some others on soundcloud
Shanghai Freeway: http://soundcloud.com/hyperdub/fatima-al-qadiri-shanghai-freeway-taken-from-asiatisch-released-052014
Szechuan: http://soundcloud.com/hyperdub/fatima-al-qadari-szechuan

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djunior
May 7th 2014


816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice to see this featured. Ive been listening to this a good bit. Somewhere between a 3.5-4 for me.

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PunchforPunch
May 7th 2014


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

downloaded this but haven't heard cuz i've been busy with Millie & Andrea and SD Laika gonna listen tomorrow. sweet rev btw!



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