- Shanzhai (For Shanzhai Biennial) feat Helen Feng
- Loading Bejing
- Hainan Island
- Dragon Tattoo
- Forbidden City
- Shanghai Freeway
- Jade Stars
Released 4th March 2016 – CD / LP / Digital
noun: brute; plural noun: brutes
a savagely violent person or animal.
origin: late Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French brut(e), from Latin brutus ‘dull, stupid.’
“You are no longer peacefully assembling,” announces the voice of an officer on a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a sonic weapon employed by riot police, capable of deafening a target by exceeding humane levels. Both a corporeal and symbolic tool of violence, the LRAD violates the physiological space between state control and the body using amplified sound.
Fatima Al Qadiri returns to Hyperdub for her 2nd album Brute. Made from the perspective of her transnational experience, her new record explores the theme of authority, the relationship between police, citizens and protest worldwide, particularly of her adopted home in the United States.
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.
As a tribute to those on the front lines of protest and a condemnation of neoliberal fascism, Brute provides a chilling sonic backdrop to a world of normalised brutality, a painful illumination of the facade of democracy.