Egyptian-Scottish Producer Kutmah Spends His Time in Exile Well
2010 was a hell of a year for Kutmah.
This past summer, the Scottish-Egyptian producer was forcibly taken from his home in LA, detained, then deported to the UK for not having his citizen papers in order. Though it was a dark time for the man himself, his friends turned out to be the silver lining, and he’s got some pretty interesting friends…who happen to be some of LA’s finest producers.
They organized a Free Kutmah benefit show headlined by none other than the godfather of weird instrumental hip hop, Daedelus. Teebs, Samiyam, Gaslamp Killer, Dam-Funk and a few others joined him in an effort to bring Kutmah back to his rightful home. It totally didn’t work. Kutmah remains living and working in the UK.
But it’s not all bad! Kutmah used his time in detention well, creating a series of drawings called Two Soups and a Honeybun, perhaps referring to his daily meal allowance while being held. These are now up for exhibition now in London. In conjunction with this show, he also dropped the first mix of a three part series called The New Error, a blend packed with beats by MF DOOM, Madlib, J-Dilla, Flying Lotus, Portishead, Mr. Oizo, and a whole bunch more.
That…is some freaking list. Apparently a sudden and rude change of scenery is not enough to stifle his taste for music or his creative process. Instead, it seems to have fueled it.
Check out The New Error Vol. 1 sampler below, and to our London readers, check out this art show at Protein.
The New Error Vol. 1 sampler