In five tracks, Qadiri deconstructs bass music and uses it as medium for meditating on her ’90s childhood in Kuwait. The EP is inspired by her memories of being ten years old and playing the Gulf War-themed video game Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf with her sister for hours on end while trying to cope mentally with having actually lived through the First Gulf War. She’s chosen to convey these emotional recollections through the martial rhythms of grime, stringing the beats as loosely as possible in a way that creates a seductively dissociative atmosphere.
It’s all a lot to take in, but Qadiri’s considerable gifts as a producer make you want to listen to Desert Strike as many time as it takes to feel what she’s saying, and then some. Her music is pretty deep and heavy, even if you detach it from its inspirations. Not that you would ever want to do that. Knowing the story makes it even better.