Originally from Beirut but now based in Chicago, Thoom is an unconventional DJ and producer who builds songs from chaotic structural and sonic ideas, blurring the lines between tune and tumult. Thoom twists traditional Arabic composition and rhythm around industrial, electronic, and cinematic sound design to build a landscape that suggests the boom and bluster of construction sites. Last year’s excellent Blood and Sand draws inspiration from Beirut’s evolving, abrasive, and gritty post-war landscape. Combining spoken word with clattering drums, droning rhythms with jarring noise, Thoom creates waves of sound that hang in suspense before breaking into welcome release.
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