Hush Hush is honored to help present ‘Liminal’ (HH124), the 4th official album from Berlin-based Egyptian producer ABADIR. The solo alias of Rami Abadir, ABADIR is also one-half of the experimental production duo 0N4B and the electronic music section editor of the Arabic music webzine Ma3azef, where he covers music theory, critical studies, history, reviews and interviews. Following previous solo releases on Italy’s Yerevan Tapes, Germany’s Kaer‘Uiks, and Montreal’s D.M.T. Records, ‘Liminal’ finds a fitting home on Seattle’s Hush Hush Records as ABADIR confidently displays a more ambient, spacious, and cinematic side to his cutting-edge sound design.
While ABADIR’s previous three solo EPs featured progressive maximal deconstructed club productions, his latest works showcase a more meditative tone with a largely beat-less pulse. A mesmerizing journey through five immersive soundscapes, ‘Liminal’ pairs enveloping drones with atmospheric field recordings and a hypnotic maze of absorbing glitch work. Each track explores distinctive territory, yet each piece is held together by an enveloping aesthetic that feels organic, environmental, and delicately sci-fi.
‘Liminal’ also touches upon a more personal and intimate sound for ABADIR. Unlike the fictional approach in his previous works, ‘Liminal’ serves as a reflection on his personal life as he navigated through major geographical, emotional, and professional shifts. The album’s writing sessions came during a significant career jump from his previous work as a corporate engineer, followed by his move to Germany. This difficult decision seeped through into his solo creations, yielding a deep listening experience that’s his most transportive offering in his growing catalog.
We hope you can get lost in ‘Liminal’ and experience a temporary escape from the heavier and harsher noises of everyday life.
released June 5, 2020
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Rami Abadir.
Mastered by Taylor Deupree.
Design and artwork by Islam Shabana.