Khartoum-based producer Sufyvn recently came on my radar via his self-released new album, Pseudarhythm Vol. 2. Drawing upon a wide range of influences from Flying Lotus, Sun Ra and J Dilla the 7-track EP fuses boom bap hip-hop with Sudanese samples. Talking to Okayafrica, Sufyvn spoke about his sound.
The main sound that I make is electronic music inspired by the afrofuturism movement—mainly artists like Sun Ra and Flying Lotus. The melodies sound like usual Western music but the percussion and sound of the drums are mostly sampled from old cassette tapes that I have in Sudan.
I’m trying to make this fusion of African Sudanese rhythms and make beats out of it with electronic music, creating something that’s fresh and that the average listener can digest.
The other sound I have is what you hear on Pseudarhythm, which is more of a side project. It samples Sudanese music in a basic boom bap hip-hop style.
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