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!
In contrast to the first two Bersarin Quartet albums, III offers a few darker shades and succeeds even further in narrowing down the arrangements to the absolute essentials without loosing the characteristic grandeur of Bücker's sound.