Gold Plates releases Royal Blood II: Damages, released on Kuwaiti label Kalibr+

Gold Plates

Gold Plates is the pseudonym of Sudanese electronic artist Mohamed Abnaof, who’s now based in Kuwait, where he produces his own brand of energetic, eclectic, and aggressive, beat-driven electronic music. He’s just released an album via Kuwaiti based electronic music label Kalibr+.

Here’s a few words from Mohamed which sums his music up better than I could…

Gold Plates doubles down on his choice to crush any and every genre with grit and use it to make what can only be explained as a quick hate crime, lashing at everything and everyone in sight. Seeping with rage, Gold Plates runs through Post-Industrial sound experimentation, Breakcore, Hardcore, Yelling, Noise, Post-Club, and Gqom at such a hungry pace. Stripping this thing down will only reveal it to be a Crust Punk album in an Africanized disguise.

After burying it relatively deep in the ground, Kuwait- based Sudanese musician Mohamed Abnaof (Known for his work as the critically acclaimed Edyth) has decided to unearth his second alterego ‘Gold Plates’ from the earth and release the long-awaited sequel to the frazzling ‘Royal Blood’. In ‘Royal Blood II: Damages’

It’s certainly a tour de force of the more aggressive, minimal, and noisy areas of electronic music. It’s actually a really good album, with short tracks capturing a mood, confronting you with an idea, a beat, some fragments of sound, and then moving on. Here’s Don’t Hold The Dark…

Jimcra is one of the longer tracks on the album, being a whole 2 minutes long. It’s a beat-driven track with distorted synths and drums layered with vocals whose rhythms remind me a little of early Prodigy…

‘Hong Durman’, while tucked neatly at the back end of the album is the most a demonstration of GP’s willingness to experiment with contemporary bass music. Taking Micro-tech sonics and afrobeat rhythms and amplifying them to the extent where they sound like they could come off a post-club mix except with much more texture and meticulousness. The influence and subject mattered as implied by the title are capturing that middle ground between the industrialization of Sudan, the Africanisation of Asia, and everything in between…

The latest album by Gold Plates, Royal Blood II: Damages, is released by Kuwaiti label Kalibr+ and available to download from their Bandcamp page now…

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