Recommended by us on 5th March 2010.
A spectacular debut from the depths of the Mojave desert,
moulded by a trio of the West Coast’s finest producers.
If you’re reading this and have yet to hear the strains of Gonjasufi’s music, it’s
best to play ‘A Sufi & A Killer’ now, as nothing written here will sufficiently
communicate the extraordinary depth and strangeness of the man’s music.
However, be warned, hearing it is bound to create just as many questions as
answers about Sumach, the individual behind it.
Backed by a trio of the West Coast’s most renowned producers (Mainframe,
Flying Lotus and The Gaslamp Killer), there’s much to uncover in Gonjasufi’s
songs, and given their very nature, listeners will surely speculate and comment on
both The Sufi and The Killer, but there is still much about Gonjasufi and his music
that has yet to reveal itself.
This spectacular album has already stirred interest in the mainstream and
independent media, with The Guardian Guide calling it “a contender for album of
the year… a cosmic headtrip sounding like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins covering MIA, as
remixed by Portishead. In a good way”. The Wire also had this to say:
“Somewhere between Devendra Banhart without the tweeness and rockstarisms,
Mark E Smith at his most demonically megaphonic, and Ghostface Killah wailing
over ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ on an infamous bootleg… it erupts at you like a
huge mystical guffaw”.
The CD format is packaged in a digipack and the vinyl comes in a deluxe
double gatefold sleeve.
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