Lee Gamble’s UIQ label brings you their second release, a demonstration of the imagination of Cairo-resident Ahmed El Ghazoly, aka ZULI. The Bionic Ahmed EP is a remarkable thing, taking in techno, jungle and weird electronics to produce something that sounds rather unlike any of the above. An entrancing solo debut, ZULI seems to be one to watch. 12”.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 04 February 2016
The second offering on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label comes from Cairo dwelling producer Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI with the ‘Bionic Ahmed EP’.
Opening with the heavy, stoned beats, metallic chimes and processed vocal of futurist hip-hopper ‘Robotic Handshake’. A tune which feels semi rooted in traditional Arabian music that’s being beamed back to the present from the future. ‘Compactpact’ although totally synthetic, has an organic quality that feels like small creatures chirping tranquil microtones. Like a field recording of tiny bird or insect droids from the future. ‘03-131001G’ has a bit of an oldskool UK bleeps ‘n’ bass thing happening but weirder and more narcotic sounding.
‘Robotic Jabs In 4D’ stripped back hazy drum’n bass that wouldn’t have been out of place on LTJ Bukem’s old ‘Logical Progression’ mix. Meanwhile ‘Ahmed?’ is trippy slo-mo techno/ house with processed vocal samples spliced into the mix. ‘Dr. Beckett’ closes the EP, sounding like Coil deconstructing UK bass music.
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