DJ Haram 'Grace EP' 12"
DJ Haram is a producer and DJ who distinctively ties her New Jersey musical history with more recent involvement in the Philadelphia DIY noise scene, whilst paying homage to her Middle Eastern roots. A close affiliate of New York's Discwoman collective, she is alsoone half of 700 Bliss with rapper and poet Moor Mother, who features on this EP. Haram’s non-traditional understanding of Islam, paired with a nuanced perspective on folk tradition and mythology, underpins the EP, bringing fantasy and colour to this in-between place. Onopener No Idol, a darbuka rhythm pairs with offbeat claps around a dark synth and a contrasting airy flute melody, illustrating thetheme of duality running through the music. The melodies of No Idol are revisited in the final track remix, sped up with a classicBaltimore club beat and energetic bedsprings samples. Interlude is a combination of the sounds and patterns from each song. Gemini Rising's synth is reminiscent of John Carpenter, paired with a darbuka rhythm and war drums that transmit a religious sci -fi horroraesthetic. Body Count is propelled by Jersey Club kicks with a distorted drum crunch and ticking rim shot in triplets, and an etherealmelody. Grace (K.O.D.) has menacing cinematic stabs that feel like acid raining on the scattered percussion. On the 700 Bliss track Candle Light, Moor Mother's distorted and doubled up vocal chorus evokes a frantic yet solemn energy as she speaks on themes oflife and death. Grace is an EP constructed through deep feeling, transmitting vital dancefloor energy. It’s music is versatile, imbued with a strong will, personality, and colour.
Catalogue number: HDB122