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Brothers Hans and Andi Teichmann (Gebrüder Teichmann) assembled a group of electronic musicians from their native Germany as well as The Maldives and Pakistan. They met in Karachi, Pakistan and converted a house into a temporary studio and begun work. The result is a culturally eclectic and very raw sounding collection of recordings. Double gatefold for your listening pleasure.

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Karachi Files by Karachi Files
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9/10 Laurie Staff review, 22 June 2016

It’s been a week or two since this came out but I’ve been looking forward to hearing this again for the whole of last week (Operation Radiodread) so here’s a quick, glowing writeup. Basically, a couple of German electronic wizards assembled some friends from the Maldives and Pakistan to a house in Karachi port to make experimental electronic noisery. Some would say the end product is culturally diverse, though it’s somewhat difficult to detect cultural origin in the world of crazy electronic music.

The record isn’t as 100% out-there as I’m painting it to be. Sure, there are many intense forays into the digital sound medium, but there’re also a lot of beat based excursions with only a sheen of experimentalism and whole load of grime, techno and almost trap leanings. That’s a convoluted sentence. Chopped vocal samples and glistening blips abound on those like ‘Corner Beat’, as well as the inevitable drum machines. Someone’s got quite a collection. I can’t got into who made each track as the people involved changes every time. And there’s 17 tracks. ‘Dust’ is a wonderful slow n sXc piece of trippy pop, with some lead vocals interplaying with backing drones and pitched down vox. ‘How much worth your passport’ covers funkier, more uptempo ground, with weird treated recordings trundling off the edge of the map sporadically. Finally, ‘Boards of Karachi’, as well as its brilliant title, features some very gentle soundscaping punctuated with looped kicks that’s much more than an imitation of its namesake. Which is more than can be said for a lot of electronic acts these days.

OK I won’t go into the full 17 tracks but this is well worth a listen and couldn’t go by without some hype so here you go.



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