Review: Hanni El Khatib-SAVAGE TIMES VOL 1-5

khatibIf that Jools Holland wasn’t so preoccupied with his Boogie-Woogie shenanigans, as well as trying to foist pseudo-blues like Rag ‘N’ Bone Man onto our delicate lugholes,he’d be hip to grooviest of ‘groovy fuckers’ (as he once memorably put it) Hanni El Khatib,the San Francisco based musician. His scuzz rock  and groove-inflected oddities are primal and lyrically provocative, sweeping in like a funky fever, then just as soon disappearing into the ether.

This compilation shows El Khatib’s prolific output to fine effect, taken from his EPs over a varied career.Gonna Die Alone is the most jolly, loose take on existentialist realisation, and there’s a real tangible feeling of a man making sense of the space he inhabits, both musically and personally.

The garagey Born Brown and Mangos and Rice are defiantly autobiographical, while Peep Show has the sheen of velvet noir from an as yet unmade David Lynch project: it is that mysterious, that glamorous. As with the scorpion on the front cover artwork, there is a sting in his every tale (sic). Tough music for hard times.

(Lorna Irvine)

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Out on February 17th via Innovative Leisure

http://www.hannielkhatib.com

 

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