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Fatima Al Qadiri

Fatima Al Qadiri

As a child growing up in Kuwait in the 1990s, Fatima Al Qadiri had the kind of utopian access to global entertainment that still seems out of reach in the West, even in today’s golden age of bound- less media. Thanks to Kuwait’s lenient piracy laws, she and her sisters were able to beam in cartoons and versions of MTV from every corner of the globe, absorbing a glut of information that instilled her with worldly curiosity.

Hot Sugar

Hot Sugar

Beatsmith Hot Sugar has always had a quirkier style than most when it comes to production, and it’s great to hear him enlist a gauntlet of MCs that compliment it on his new Made Man EP. Now, is this thing really an EP? It’s got ten tracks, and it’s almost forty minutes long. It’s almost longer than one of my favorite albums of this year...Whatever, either way Hot Sugar delivers with some beats that feature some great grooves, colorful synths, and some intentionally low-budget textures. I like that this dude’s instrumentals feel intentional.

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About a month ago, a clutch of instrumental grime producers started firing diss tracks and throwdowns back and forth, with Preditah, Wiley and Rapid among those getting in on the action. Things grew - and grew—until just about every op- erational UK grime producer has joined the melee. As our guide to the 10 best war tracks showed, the fracas hasn’t just been enormous fun to behold—it’s thrown up some seriously durable music too.

Amongst those inspired by the back-and-forth was FadeTo Mind regular Fatima Al-Qadiri, last heard clubbing up with Nguzunguzu and J-Cush as slanted rap pro- duction house Future Brown. In tribute to the whole kerfuffle, Al-Qadiri’s produced her own war dub, ‘Knight Fare (Post-War Dub)’. Her weapon of choice is a Gothic instrumental grime cut, all John Carpenter synth leads and spectral vox pads. Using the sort of plastic, tinny textures that she’s consistently turned to fascinating use, it’s a fine contribution to the (still-expanding) canon.

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About a month ago, a clutch of instrumental grime producers started firing diss tracks and throwdowns back and forth, with Preditah, Wiley and Rapid among those getting in on the action. Things grew - and grew—until just about every op- erational UK grime producer has joined the melee. As our guide to the 10 best war tracks showed, the fracas hasn’t just been enormous fun to behold—it’s thrown up some seriously durable music too

Amongst those inspired by the back-and-forth was FadeTo Mind regular Fatima Al-Qadiri, last heard clubbing up with Nguzunguzu and J-Cush as slanted rap pro- duction house Future Brown. In tribute to the whole kerfuffle, Al-Qadiri’s produced her own war dub, ‘Knight Fare (Post-War Dub)’. Her weapon of choice is a Gothic instrumental grime cut, all John Carpenter synth leads and spectral vox pads. Using the sort of plastic, tinny textures that she’s consistently turned to fascinating use, it’s a fine contribution to the (still-expanding) canon.

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