Fatima Al Qadiri returns to Hyperdub for her 2nd solo album Brute, the follow up to her impressive debut, Asiatisch.
The record explores themes of authority and “the relationship between police, citizens and protest worldwide”, with particular focus on her adopted home of the U.S..
According to Hyperdub: “Musically, Brute teeters between rage and despair, manifesting in restrained percussion, sampled and processed recordings of urban protest, and the signature minor progressions that distinguish Al Qadiri’s body of work.”
“The album art is a detail of the sculpture Po-Po (2015) by Josh Kline, heavily altered by art director Babak Radboy. Reimagining a popular children’s show character as a militarized SWAT officer with implanted surveillance technology, Radboy subjects Po- Po to extreme image processing, situating the installation photo as a still from a fictitious blockbuster.”
Brute is out March 4 on Hyperdub. Stream ‘Battery‘ below.
Featured image: Camille Blake