Over nearly the past two years, the Los Angeles-based artist has been honing an approach to remixing traditional Iranian samples into American club music styles. Her debut of the Mahur Club mixtape for Astral Plane Recordings in 2019 offered pummeling, rhythmic edits, such as the record’s jersey club-inspired title track. In contrast, Push embraces a broader scope of industrial and punk rock influences. What remains consistent across the artist’s work is a DIY attitude to worldbuilding and hybridization.
Annapurna Kumar‘s video for ‘Aziz-E-Man’ continues this sentiment, featuring a Doom-like interior gradually unfolding into analog hallucinations. Coarse stone walls shift into a tree-line maze, with animals and video game ephemera emerging at various endpoints – a moment for reflection on mid-90s and 2000s memorabilia simultaneously warping into another realm of psychedelia.**