EP: Despicable Zee – ‘Atigheh Reimagined’

A captivating, left-field electronic exploration of dual heritage, motherhood and self-autonomy, Oxford-based drummer and producer Despicable Zee (aka Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani) released her third EP Atigheh in 2019. Now, with the help of an eclectic mix of collaborators, Zee has shared a remix of the recording titled Atigheh Reimagined.

Released today (7th Aug) and available to buy on limited edition cassette on bandcamp, the remixes on Atigheh Reimagined are equally as compelling as the original tracks. Keeping the hypnotic qualities of the original, Tiiva’s treatment of opener ‘We Won’t Stop’ fuses smooth, breathy vocals together with dense yet ambient beats. Tiece’s layered vocals on ‘Counting Cars’ are beautifully atmospheric, while Jack Goldstein’s treatment of ‘Sidhe’ is an experimental cacophony of manic beats and synth textures.

The EP fluctuates from chaos to calm, as GIHE favourite Planningtorock gives the poignant ‘Clay Grouk’ an energetic, dance-worthy beat whilst still allowing space for the “silence” towards the close of the track. Dense beats and warped voice samples permeate Young Knives’ remix of the eponymous ‘Atigheh’, ending the record with a cathartic burst of intense noise.

Atigheh has helped me delve into my identity as a second generation immigrant” explains Zee. What started as a personal journey on her third EP has now evolved into a fascinating collection of varied identities on her Reimagined release.

Follow Despicable Zee on bandcamp & Spotify for more updates.
Zee also runs the Young Women’s Project (YWMP) which you can check out here.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Sit Down – ‘Quarantine’

Having been blowing us away for a few years now with their immense explosive offerings, and with acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing, Brighton duo Sit Down have now shared a brand new single, inspired by these scary, strange times we currently find ourselves in. Like artists the world over, the duo have had their tour dates and release plans for this year completely written off by the pandemic, and so have written a track venting their feelings of fear and frustration.

Propelled by a frenzied angst-fuelled power, ‘Quarantine’ is filled with scuzzed-out pummelling beats and reverb-strewn whirring hooks, alongside the swirling gritty force of Katie Oldham’s vocals. An intense slice of thrashing garage-punk, oozing a necessary raging energy; it’s the perfect “anthem of the apocalypse”.

Of the track, Katie explains:

We wanted to create something that expresses the frustrations and fears of living through something like this, but also shows the lighter side we can all relate to… This pandemic has bought the world to its knees, and while it’s absolutely terrifying, there is real unity in knowing the entire world is experiencing the same thing all at once. The jokes and memes and art people are making in this time are universally relatable and counters this fear of the unknown with communal understanding. This is our little offering toward that.

Listen to ‘Quarantine’ here:

‘Quarantine’ was released on 20th March, aka ‘Bandcamp Friday’ – a day in which Bandcamp waived all fees for creators to help support them in these difficult times. Guitarist Greg Burns expands: “It was a small gesture, but for struggling artists like us it’s made the world of difference… We’ve both got laid off from our jobs because of this crisis, but thankfully we sold more merch on that one day than I think we have in the last six months of shows combined.

Head on over to Sit Down’s Bandcamp page to support them now.

Mari Lane
@marimindles