This week, I was finally able to get my hands on a release by the eclectic electronic musicmen, OkyDoky and Radio KVM. On the inside of the cover, I spied this beautiful symbol right here.
Consent? Check. Lawfulness? Check. Duty calls! Download.
This album is a collection of live recordings “recorded live around Beirut 2009-2010”. Two of the recordings feature AA the Preacherman rapping as well. First of all, I must say that for stuff that was created by pushing pads, tweaking knobs, and sliding sliders right then and there, on-the-spot, and not crafted in a studio with all the time in the world to edit and nitpick, it’s very well-executed. Only in “Akhou L’Sharmouta” can I honestly say there were moments when I felt that the rythm was drowned out in a cluster of tempos, but it’s live after all, and these little imperfections are what reassure you of that… oh, and crowd noises. Despite this however, “Sharmouta” is perhaps my favorite piece of these recordings, because of the off-color vocal sample and wicked breakbeat-oud-Buddhist chant combo. Sampling is cool! Sample more! Khazzi2 bazzi2 lazzi2! The rest of the tracks are more electro, though in that category, I would say “Qarrir” is pretty cool (with that dirty bass and screeching synth). I must also mention that all of the recordings are available for streaming online on OkyDoky’s Myspace and Facebook pages, save for two, which would be “Water” and “Ein Souda”.
All in all, I’m glad the duo have finally released something and hope this stuff can be brought into the studio some day.