Somewhere in the humid blur of SXSW, the drinking and playing and texting and drinking, Men In Burka became my favorite band. They’re like some mystical drug, a bite of neon peyote, seducing you from the edges of the desert. The deepest beats. The heaviest grooves. These guys are a fucking windstorm.
Take the ambience of Muslimgauze, the slow and low electronics of Fatima Al Qadiri, even the sugared pop of Amr Diab, and smash them against the hyper-rattling beats of anything coming from Fade To Mind: That’s Men In Burka. This Denver-based project of Modern Witch’s Kamran Khan and Mario Zoots, plus Strange Powers’ Josh Powers, is relatively new — we’re talking 6-8 months, if a day — but the trajectory seems clear enough. Expect their upcoming release on San Francisco’s Tundra Dubs to make a splash; this is some serious shit, all luring and entranced, the conceptual mix of Pakistani and American cultures blazoned against sexy, bone-crushing beats that reference UK funky as swiftly as hip-hop or Arab-pop. Seriously: Check this now.