7digital What we said: From Arca's aggressive track titles to the pummelling techno of Marcel Dettmann, references to war are used in abundance within electronica, yet few producers can trace their influences back to first-hand experience. Raised during the invasion of Kuwait, Fatima Al Qadiri recalls a childhood of tapped phones, gunfire and murder; an extraordinary backstory which bleeds into this haunting second album. Interspersing militaristic samples with the orchestral grime aesthetic which first turned heads on her Eastern-inspired debut, the Brooklyn-based producer explores the despair of state protest in 11 emphatic strikes. A powerful if unsettling listen, as Al Qadiri transforms her cutting-edge urban electronica into a bold political statement.
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