In recent years, New York-based DJ Haram has brought her idiosyncratic fusion of Middle Eastern instrumentation and club music to new realms. Through her 700 Bliss work alongside Moor Mother, she crafts noisy, dark-sided music that flits between gritty hip-hop and tripped-out punk. Her solo work deepens her range further, reflecting the cultural milieu of the East Coast DIY scene, where hardcore, experimental rap and Jersey club could all be found in one club night.
Handplay is DJ Haram's first solo record on Hyperdub since her 2019 label debut, Grace. While both records are suited for adventurous dance floors, Handplay offers a lyrical glimpse of Haram as a lover, daughter and comrade. Across the EP's two tracks she speaks from the contradictions of feminine archetypes, letting loose over some of her most expressive solo material to date.
released December 1, 2023
Music by DJ Haram
Post Production by GENG PTP
Art - Sultana
An album that was challenging at first but always thought provoking, painting pictures with rhymes over such harsh & strong instrumentals all throughout. Mystifying, gorgeous and intense melancholy all at once conveyed beautifully. I was typing a longer review before I realized it was too long, but this album from start to finish is a beautiful painting in each track. I'd list almost every track as my favorite if possible, so much good to say about the raps, beats, guest features. Great music. darksunq