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  • Summary: The debut release for the Senegal-born and now Brooklyn-based artist is a concept album of a futuristic China.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
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  1. 80
    Al Qadiri doesn’t just walk the line, she strides.
  2. May 9, 2014
    80
    It's immersive and transgressive, if you care about this stuff.
  3. Mojo
    May 15, 2014
    80
    At Asiatisch's heart is bass, gargantuan and window rattling, around which she builds an elaborate framework of complex rhythms and melodies using analogue hardware. [Jun 2014, p.93]
  4. 70
    The ambition is staggering and for Fatima Al Qadiri to have made Asiatisch both a coherent listen and a sensible comment on western perception it means we’ve not only got a talented musician on our hands but also an extremely wise cultural commentator.
  5. May 13, 2014
    60
    Tuning out the conceptual aspect is close to impossible, but there are some moments--as in the hypnotic "Shanghai Freeway"--that can be enjoyed on a purely musical level.
  6. May 5, 2014
    60
    There is still much to admire and enjoy, not least Al Qadiri’s pursuit of an individual, politicised, socially-conscious path that never lacks ambition or self-confidence.
  7. May 8, 2014
    40
    Asiatisch mixes repetitive industrial noises, poetry samples, Asian synth motifs and vaguely menacing atmospherics into tepid, listless and melodically bland soundscapes that serve the concept more successfully than they do the listener.

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  1. Jun 10, 2015
    6
    This record is based on the conceptual idea of representing Asia in a generalist way, portraying it with all its popular cliches. On a musicalThis record is based on the conceptual idea of representing Asia in a generalist way, portraying it with all its popular cliches. On a musical level there's no great composition and the album tends to be boring, even if there are some good ideas here and there. In the track named Shanghai Freeway we can hear a vaporwave version of Philip Glass, while Shanzhai is an ambient cover of Nothing Compares To You that creates a metaphysical post-modern atmosphere. Expand