Afrofuturistic beats meet global sounds and jazz, approved by Gilles Peterson
Behind the illustrious Khalab you will find Italian radio-presenter Raffaele Costantino. He is also the admirable architect behind the progressive, and frankly superb, album ‘Black Noise 2084’. To prepare for this album, Khalab came over to Belgium to work with field recordings from the archives of the just recently renovated Africa Museum. He spiced these historical recordings with afrofuturistic beats, global sounds and jazz to form a fine example of how unfettered music really can be.
That Khalab is open-minded is evidenced by not only his previous collaboration with Malian musician Baba Sissoko in 2015, but also the presence of superb guest musicians like Theon Cross and – there he is again – Shabaka Hutchings on ‘Black Noise 2084’ . The Wire: ‘‘Black Noise’ 2084 is that rare thing, a new sound, built from blood and fire. Incredibly rare in 2018. A stupendous record.’