Iranian producer/composer Mahdyar drops his new LP via Kowloon Records. The opening almost-title-track sets out the stall for Seized very nicely. ‘Seize’ begins with a simple, pretty bassline that seems about to usher in a stirring, full-chested hip-hop beat. However, over the following minute the sample is increasingly mangled and distorted, with discordant counter-melodies bending the original lick out of shape. When the beat does drop, it’s a screwed-up thing reminiscent of DJ Shadow at his most confrontational. The remaining ten tracks all offer off-kilter beats that both befuddle your head and make it nod. It’s not a million miles away from what Paul White did for Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition.
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- 1 Seize 2:21 Mahdyar Buy
- 2 Money Money 4:13 Mahdyar Buy
- 3 Timmy Might Bury Y'all 3:18 Mahdyar Buy
- 4 Vow 3:46 Mahdyar Buy
- 5 Hush 3:58 Mahdyar Buy
- 6 Iran Iraq 4:01 Mahdyar Buy
- 7 Khakis 3:24 Mahdyar Buy
- 8 Running from 4:26 Mahdyar Buy
- 9 Lust 3:04 Mahdyar Buy
- 10 Glimmer Of 3:41 Mahdyar Buy
- 11 Twist the Facts 3:27 Mahdyar Buy