Obadiah, R.I.Z, and Nadawi take you on an archaeological exploration of samples and spirits from a forgotten age and twist them into an aesthetic of dust and shadows one would expect to find deep within the Ruins of Hatra.
The three lyricists of Synchromystics deliver bars that connect the past to the present, the present to the future, and the overall timeline to all that is and will be. Referring to the origins of the West in Rome, hermetic principles behind the construction of the world we live in, and the materialists that get distracted and lost - forgetting to pay attention to what's real. Each then contextualises the point by telling personal experiences that demonstrate how this resonates in all walks of life, and one would do well to stick to a path of reality and sensibly-set values, or fall into a mind-state of chaos.
The production is handled by NineFive El Presedente SOSS who cleverly cuts old film samples that transport you to scenes of Thebes or Constantinople, with modern drums and synthesized subs to bring you a style of grime that definitely belongs in cities, but not cities as we know them in this modern age. A vibe that gets you moving, but attentive to the underlying message whether you are to take it in consciously or subconsciously. SOSS also shows more than just production skill when he grabs the mic in 'Synchro' to bring a smooth yet haunting hook. One track in the middle; 'Final Intifada', is brought to you by Lplate, who is much more subtle on the sampling, but does well to compliment the rest of the album by matching the same aesthetic from a different angle.
Al Kimiya is certainly one to be one of those unique releases that will make 2018 stand out in the underground scene. Download a copy of these songs carved from sandstone for free, on the Synchromystics Bandcamp page!