Land Of Kush - Sand Enigma

Land Of Kush

Sand Enigma (2xLP)

Release date: November 08, 2019
Label: Constellation
Format: 180 gram
Renowned Montréal/Cairo composer Sam Shalabi returns with his exhilarating and utterly genre-bending big band Land of Kush. The trenchantly-titled Sand Enigma bristles with defiant exuberance, restless creative energy, and electrifying cross-cultural expression - the band's most accomplished, acute and accessible album to date (though don't expect 'easy listening' from this boundary-pushing hydra-headed entity). Sand Enigma is a wildly diverse and hugely compelling tour de force of modern composition that pulses with emotion and experimentation, blending avant-garde, psychedelic, Middle Eastern, out-jazz, electronic, and improv/free music tropes to stunning effect. The 75-minute opus, brilliantly recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart, Matana Roberts) captures a band on fire, flowing through composed set-pieces, improvisational turns, harmolodic gestural and textural interplay, bursts of fervent groove, and fearless, feral experimentation. While the bounty of heavy-hitting instrumental players are too numerous to call out here, Sand Enigma notably features two new Land of Kush collaborators, both of them leading lights of Cairo's burgeoning avant-electronic scene: Nadah El Shazly and Maurice Louca. As Alan Bishop of Sublime Frequencies raves: "Shalabi raises the bar for modern psychedelic music with Land of Kush, weaving a seamless montage of styles in a transcendent way that is rarely, if ever, achieved."
Tracklist:
  • 1. Aha
  • 2. Domyat 1331
  • 3. Safe Space
  • 4. Broken Maqams
  • 5. Sand Enigma
  • 6. Ssssss
  • 7. Recuerdo
  • 8. Bone Mass pt I
  • 9. Bone Mass pt II
  • 10. Bone Mass pt III
  • 11. Ana
  • 12. Trema
  • 13. Dol
  • 14. Tensor
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