Basmala - Basmala LP

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Preservation Electronic Recordings

Released 2nd December 2016

Basmala is the debut album by the American World Music and Ambient Soul production Basmala, released in 2016 on Preservation Electronic Recordings. The album maintains a hip-hop base and ambient or minimal atmospheric sound, which is the unique signature of Basmala.

Basmala walks the line between hip-hop and electronic music, visiting the realm of avant-garde jazz, all in an effort to create forward-looking, experimental music that he dubs visionary soul. (Popmatters)

Basmala, brings you a self titled album that is sure to rock your chakras! Deep-nodic tones bring you to the right place of space on this latest offering from the left coast technician. (Ghettoblaster)

That direction is spacey—though not necessarily in the way you might expect. Basmala at times takes his cues from the hard bop of Charles Mingus, bouncing even his slowest beats at an acute angle. “RNR” finds him folding sampled bleats into a pleated rhythm while a spectral piano haunts the air above. Later, “Just Us” ,which features rapper Mumblz Medina, finds him working on Dâm-Funk‘s game. And while there’s certainly more than a little of RJD2 and DJ Shadow’s DNA coursing through the tracks, there’s a slight minimalist pulse at Basmala’s heart, too, and a dedication to following the drift of a song’s élan that it shares with the spiritual jazz of the late ’60s. (Flood Magazine)

'Method' - Basmala has a vision of the future, one informed not by his social experience at large, but by the inventor’s call that exists in his head. Formerly known as Hasan Atiq, the artist now referred to as Basmala donned the title in order to demarcate a new direction of electronic hip hop. The self-titled debut is a progressive offering of afro-futurism that bonds in brotherhood with Anti-Pop Consortium and the black fusion jazz funk of the 1970s. Basmala brings an attitude to his debut that places him in the periphery of Brainfeeder’s progressive methods, expanding the movement beyond one collective and into the social strata of black music. (Impose Magazine)

4 Stars: While Basmala may be a new name to many, the man behind the alias, Hasan Atiq (who is formerly known as Autolect) has produced forward-thinking beats on a string of strong albums from the mid to late ’00s (one of which featured featured production from 9th Wonder). The producer/rapper/singer is back working under this new pseudonym with his self-titled album. Basmala shows that he is still innovative with his ideas and execution now as he was a decade ago. Taking cues from progressive jazz (check out “RNR” for proof) as well as ambitious hip-hop, the beatsmith has come up with something that’s futuristic sounding, spiritual and unique. (Big Shot Magazine)

1. Elastic (intro) ft. Atiq

2. Plots ft. Atiq

3. RNR

4. Chopa Sidi

5. The Mount

6. Day One

7. Accurate ft. Mikial

8. Warp Speed

9. Just Us ft. Mumblz Medina

10. Hijaz part one

11. Hijaz part two

12. Hijaz part three

13. The Griot ft. Mikial

14. Off The Dribble ft. Atiq

15. Method