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Chilling: Fatima Al Qadiri
PHOTOS CAMILLE BLAKE, CHAD KAMENSHINE

FATIMA AL QADIRI

Brute (Hyperdub)

“An artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” So said the late, great Nina Simone; NYC-based, Kuwaiti-born artist Fatima Al Qadiri is clearly of the same opinion, deploying malevolent, futuristic electro to document modern-day turmoil – state violence, neoliberal fascism, control vs agency – on this second solo album. It’s music that feels both cavernous and eerily claustrophobic. Brutalist synth structures built with minor chords, metallic hues and samples of IRL urban protest. Chilling.

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