Gonjasufi - Callus
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Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #653 / 764
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Based on 22 ratings
August 19, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
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The mood of Callus comes off as embattled and mercurial as the mindstate of anyone trying to get their shit together and find a way through. And the music, filled with reverb and fuzz and gristle and the smell of ozone, demands both your attention and your resilience.


Callus is a harrowing experience, not for the faint of heart. It's more of a preach than a rap, at times more post-rock than hip-hop, the overall experience something akin to hearing slam poetry at knifepoint.


Callus is the most challenging, confrontational Gonjasufi record yet, and it's also his most daring work.


It’s unflinching, unapologetic and at times bordering on unlistenable. But it’s a bold sonic statement that brutally conveys its intended message. In this, Callus proves a success.

Slant Magazine

Callus is a repetitious sequence of bass plodding out quarter notes and droning guitar that doesn't impress dread so much as boredom. Though a diverse amount of instruments are featured throughout the album, they're often isolated in a way that reflects their incoherence to the whole.

There's certainly a vibe to Callus that flawlessly matches the grim, cover art thanks to the instrumentation/production taking a more dub-approach style with surreal, drum effects and the tortured guitar stylings of the ex-Cure guitarist, Pearl Thompson. Even though it seemed promising to get another mega-collection of dislocated pieces from the guy, Callus is yet another unfortunate instance of Sufi choosing to focus all of his creativity into a concept rather than the actual music itself. ... read more
One of Warp Records' most distinctive and creative figures, Gonjasufi has proved his value before with his excellent debut album A Sufi and a Killer. Now, the eccentric artist is back with an obtuse, extremely dark and disjointed album that already surfaces its oblivious nature in the terrific album cover. As weird and mad-scientist-like a figure Gonjasufi had proven himself to be before, hardly did he ever sound so disruptive and downright insane as he does on this album. A terribly dystopian, ... read more
Rough and experimental.
Really harsh, and that's not a bad thing. Though, I don't think he spent much time on this at all compared to his first album.

Favorite Tracks: When I Die, Prints of Sin, Last Nightmare
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Track List

  1. Your Maker
  2. Maniac Depressant 
  3. Afrikan Spaceship
  4. Carolyn Shadows
  5. Ole Man Sufferah
  6. Greasemonkey 
  7. The Kill
  8. Prints of Sin
  9. Krishna Punk
  10. Elephant Man
  11. The Conspiracy
  12. Poltergeist
  13. Vinaigrette 
  14. Devils
  15. Surfinfinity
  16. When I Die
  17. The Jinx
  18. Shakin Parasites 
  19. Last Nightmare
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