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The consistently reliable Ninja Tune label unveil the debut from Ash Koosha. The Iranian born and London based artist makes a dense, and purposefully inhuman electronica that is rooted in sound design, as well as drone and widescreen techno. The unique compositions on | AKA | are striking in their complexity, but emotionally powerful too.

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I AKA I by Ash Koosha
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 31 March 2016

It's the return of Mr Koosha! Welcome back Ash, it must be at least six weeks since I last heard one of your records. "GUUD", Koosha's self-released debut LP which came out last summer, had just been given an overdue vinyl release on Olde English Spelling Bee waaay back at the tail end of February '16 and I was much honoured to review it on my second day into my shared office chair here at Norman Towers. It was a record received to universally rapturous acclaim. "I AKA I" (he favours the upper case AND lately the palindrome, I notice) is his follow-up and his first full-length release for the esteemed Ninja Tune stable. In the meantime, he has compiled some stellar mixes; notably for FACT and of course a mix for Coldcut / Ninja's "Solid Steel" on-point series of podcasts. He's also working on the world's first "Virtual Reality" album, via the Oculus Rift headset. Busy boy.

Whilst we await that next big leap in audio-visual entertainment, we'll have to make do with Ash's latest headphones odyssey. It's every bit as you would expect from Koosha, having heard his first blend of electronics with multiple layers of atmosphere and splintered beats. "I AKA I" is possibly even headier and denser than its predecessor, but this time there's a greater sense of space in the mix and variation in tempo. "Ooh Uhh" is a case in point: lush instrumentation and the bare bones of a beat propel a psychedelic arrangement of harmonics and layered processed vocals channeling a choir of angels and a slowed-up, chopped spoken/breathed counterpoint. "Biutiful" is Ash picking up where he left off on "GUUD"; a pretty but head-spinning mix of starlit twinkles, bass oscillations and alien chatter... and that crunching beat we've come to expect of him. "Mudafossil" is vintage Koosha; those living, breathing sounds he is so adept at performing a battle dance with rumbles and fractured, scattered drums. I can't wait for the virtual tour -- you know, when we get to walk through the inner workings of Ash's mind. Won't that be something?



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