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  • Summary: Gonjasufi, who appeared on the Flying Lotus track "Testament," releases his debut album with producer Gaslamp Killer.
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  1. A Sufi and a Killer never, ever repeats itself. Gonjasufi’s beautiful, instantaneously classic voice is the glue that holds it all together. It’s captivating.
  2. In the end, both are viscerally charged representations of what A Sufi and a Killer is: sincere and at times, bluntly honest, utterly captivating and exceptionally crafted, it’s a special album that will soon become, very simply, essential.
  3. Together [with producer Gaslamp Killer] they've created A Sufi and a Killer, one of the most fascinating slabs of hallucinogenic head-nod music to arise from Southern California's post-hip-hop vanguard.
  4. That, however, is before you take into account various Eastern influences that lace themselves around the guitar lines, not to mention some unexpected interludes of funk, hip hop and even swing. As a result, taking the whole record on board in one sitting is an intoxicating experience.
  5. There may be more pop structure and less willful wandering than, say, cLOUDDEAD, but there is still something strictly subconscious about the album at its most gripping, even as it consistently engages over repeat visits.
  6. His drawled, out of focus mumblings drawing you in unavoidably to the patchwork sonics, and though the album can be a little overwhelming on first listen, repeated plays reveal an irresistible talent.
  7. By the end of the album I unfortunately just feel a little numb to the vocals. I’m willing to give this album a break because I love the production here, and when Sufi’s really hitting, he’s certainly a unique presence.

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  1. Jul 19, 2013
    9
    No song on this album sounds the same, and that's a great thing. Native American, Indian, Middle eastern, folk, acid rock, and march music are all wrapped up in Gongasufi's completely unique voice, hazy noise, and hip hop beats. Recommended tracks are "Sheep", 'Duet", "Candylane", and "Made". Expand