Moor Mother is Philadelphia musician and poet Camae Ayewa who has previously collaborated with The Bug and Justin Broadrick (Godflesh etc). This should give you some idea of where she's coming from with this her third album under the Moor Mother moniker. She uses elements of free jazz, noise, rap, reggae and industrial music to create freeform splurges and matches them with explosive subject matter on subjects such as police brutality and enslavement. Another dark missive from the undergrowth from one of today's most thought provoking artists.
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‘Low fi/dark rap/chill step/ blk girl blues/witch rap/coffee shop riot gurl songs/southern girl dittys/black ghost songs’. That’s how Moor Mother’s Bandcamp page describes her work. On her fourth LP ‘Analog Fluids Of Sonic Black Holes’ the Phildelphian artist’s music is both all of these things and none of them.
These tracks don’t so much merge genres as smash them against each other. ‘After Images’, for instance, combines spectral chain-gang song, hard techno, industrial electronics and volatile rap within its first thirty seconds. ‘Shadowgrams’ and ‘Private Silence’ writhe and lurch in a space between clipping.’s upstart punkery and the astral imaginings of Shabazz Palaces. The sub-two-minutes vignettes that pepper the LP find abrasive textures - fizzing synthetic bass, Moor Mother’s own voice - punching holes in the soundscape.
In this world Moor Mother’s voice is at once stabilising and unsettling, her delivery zig-zagging between earthy spoken word and breathless, desperate chants that recall MC Ride at his most cornered. This volatility both allows ‘Analog Fluids Of Sonic Black Holes’ to coalesce around her and keeps the listener constantly on edge, a state which reflects the tales of fear, paranoia, rage and righteousness that come through in Moor Mother’s verse.
In its collision and rupture, its uncanny muddying of sonic waters, Moor Mother’s music remains some of the most vital stuff currently being made in the global underground.
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