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D/B Recommended: Teengirl Fantasy & Fatima Al Qadiri @ Naherholung Sternchen Berlin | Friday, 20.07.2012

Boasting an almost Google-proof name, Teengirl Fantasy is the project of Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi.

Weiss and Takahashi, who craft an atmospheric yet driving sound – borrowing from deep house, shoegaze, and other styles – that makes critics coin terms like “dream-beat,” met during orientation at Ohio’s Oberlin College and began making music together a few weeks later.

They put up a MySpace page for Teengirl Fantasy, but it was when their songs were featured on the blog 20 Jazz Funk Greats that they gained an audience.

Teengirl Fantasy | Dancing in Slow Motion

Remixes of artists including tourmates Telepathe and a radically reworked version of Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body,” along with the downloadable EP TGIF and singles on Dick Move and Merok, furthered the buzz around the band.

Takahashi and Weiss moved to the Netherlands to study at Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie for four months, but returned to Oberlin for 2010’s spring semester. Teengirl Fantasy’s full-length debut, 7AM, arrived in September of that year on True Panther/Merok.

Fatima Al Qadiri | Hip Hop Spa

Based in New York, but born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait, Fatima Al Qadiri’s debut EP Warn-U, released on Tri Angle this Autumn, is one of 2011’s most unique and unsettling records. Inspired by Sunni and Shiite Muslim worship songs, Warn-U is built 100% from Al Qadiri’s own voice, re-pitched and manipulated to mimic everything from century-old ghosts to Autotune chart pop.

For those who’ve followed her Global.wav column for DIS magazine, it’ll make a little more sense: mainstream Western pop and Muslim religion and culture are two key constants in Al Qadiri’s frame of reference, and the music she records as Ayshay (Arabic for “whatever”) absorbs and rethinks both. It’s also worth checking the excellent EP she recently released under her own name, Genre-Specific Xperience.

Teengirl Fantasy & Fatima Al Qadiri  LIVE

Friday, 20 July 2012 | 22:00 CET
Naherholung Sternchen | Berolinastraße 7 | 10178 Berlin/Mitte

soundcloud.com/teengirlfantasy | fatimaalqadiri.com | naherholung-sternchen.de