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DJ /rupture vs Mutamassik: Shotgun Wedding Vol. 1 - The Bidoun Sessions

DJ /rupture and Mutamassik conduct guerrilla warfare on the stifling corporate culture which taints the music industry as surely as it does global politics.

By Masta G

DJ /rupture blazed into our consciousness last year with his extraordinary and, rightly, widely praised mix CD Gold Teeth Thief. The impact of a set which effortlessly blended numerous types of music from the black diaspora (commercial and independent hip hop, ragga/dancehall, jungle) with militant hardcore and exotic Eastern influenced rhythms was, unsurprisingly, enormous and /rupture rapidly won acclaim from anyone open minded enough to appreciate the connections between these disparate musical forms.

In 2004 he's back with The Bidoun Sessions, which features 30-minute mixes from him and partner in crime Mutamassik. As the title suggests, the Arab influence is still prominent, particularly in the Mutamassik mix. But /rupture is also still in thrall to oriental rhythms and he even features two of last year's standout bashment hits – the Egyptian and Pharao riddims – which demonstrate their influence in the Caribbean as well as on the shores of the Mediterranean. The seamlessly incorporated breakcore elements are perhaps what really make /rupture’s sets stand out from the crowd but there's also the cheesy hip hop that you love from Kelis (before you say it, her Milkshake does bring all the boys to the yard) and Busta Rhymes. His slick turntablism rarely, if ever, disappoints and seems at every turn to open new worlds of musical possibility.

Egyptian-American DJ/producer Mutamassik takes a marginally more rooted approach to her mix, fusing underground rai and Egyptian Sa'aidi with hip hop vocals and drum and bass rhythms. While it perhaps forms a more obvious whole than Rupture's set, the presence of Ray Keith, the Wu Tang, the Omani Revolutionary Army(?) and some heavy helicopter sound effects gives you some idea of the diversity of sounds which Mutamassik pulls together. She varies the tempo nicely, conjuring images of sheesha-filled teahouses as well as sand blasted desert raves and leaves you wishing that you'd seen her and Rupture rocking the Dubai based party which was the inspiration for this CD.

These two mixes offer a vision of global music which is alternative in the best possible sense of the world. Operating on the fringes of legality (the label Violent Turd based in New Zealand is clearly a fiction which enables them to avoid licensing issues), Rupture and Mutamassik conduct their own sonic version of guerrilla warfare on the stifling corporate culture which taints the music industry as surely as it does global politics. Refusing to be bound by the constraints of genre or nationality, their post-colonial vision of music embraces cultures as far apart as London and the Lebanon, Morocco and Massachusetts, perhaps in the process pointing the way to a focus on what we all have in common rather than what keeps us apart.
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