A friend of Flying Lotus, a practising Sufi and a cryptic psyche-hop prophet, not the usual credentials for admission to the Warp sect these days? From almost any perspective, Gonja Sufi is one of the most interesting acts to arrive on the esteemed imprint in a long time.
His debut album 'A Sufi And A Killer' is largely co-produced with the immeasurably talented Gaslamp Killer, also featuring guest beats from Fly Lo and Mainframe. Evidently all involved have tapped into their finest rhythm reserves, with The GLK splicing obscure psyche samples into swirling beat collages befitting of Sufi's off-the-dome idiosyncracies, while FlyLo gives one of his very best on 'Ancestors', wading into a deeply tripped sitar and burnt bump-beat headspace making reverant nods to Alice Coltrane.
Mainframe's contributions include a tidy electro-soul edit on 'Candylane' and a sparse electro build for the Zomby-meets-Dâm-Funk vibe of 'Holidays', but the success of this album can be mainly attributed to the cerebral kinship of GLK and Gonja Sufi, a marvelously symbiotic relationship that connects the two on a plane way above.
GLK seems to innately understand the range of Gonja's vocals, whether complementing his earthly rasp with laidback hashish grooves on 'Klowds' or entrancing psyche-rock chants and swampy bass on the outstanding 'Kowboys&Indians'. This all results in the kind of album you'll return to time and again, revealing the intricate artifices of GLK's byzantine sampledelics and Gonja's oracular lyrics. Well recommended!
This record pushes the idea of sharing a record to the extreme. Both sides start with a new song from each band, long songs (approx 12 min) which let both bands enough time to developp their own ambience full of intensity and melodic loops. These new songs are followed by collaboratives drones which prove that these two bands were made to work together and share a record. The atmosphere is dark but always full of melodies and progressions.