A Sufi and a Killer

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A Sufi and a Killer
Studio album by Gonjasufi
Released March 8, 2010
Length 58:49
Language English
Label Warp
Producer The Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Mainframe
Gonjasufi chronology
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Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC favorable[3]
Clash 7/10 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 8.4/10[7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[8]

A Sufi and a Killer is the debut studio album by Gonjasufi (Sumach Ecks). It was released by Warp on March 8, 2010.[9] The album was produced by Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, and Mainframe.

Ecks said of the album: "I didn't want it to be too easy for the listener. I wanted it to hurt a little bit. I wanted it to get into a spot in the head that hasn't been hit".[5] Of its title he said "The Sufi side of life has helped me with my killer side so I try not to attach myself to any label. There's a Sufi and a killer in everybody, man, and I'll be whatever I have to be just to make it through".[10]


At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, A Sufi and a Killer received an average score of 78% based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

The album garnered much positive critical coverage on its release. Allmusic's Jason Lymangrover gave the album four stars out of five, describing it as "weird, ‘60s-rooted, psychedelic hip-hop", sounding "like if J. Dilla produced George Clinton after visiting with the Dalai Lama, or if Dan the Automator recorded Cody Chesnutt after the two shared a plate of magic mushrooms", and calling it "truly visionary".[2] The BBC described it as "a stunning, genre-transcending record" and "a terrific, trippy adventure".[3] Drowned in Sound gave the album 7/10, describing Ecks' voice as "a hugely versatile instrument, every bit as unique and distinctive as that of Björk or Tom Waits", and calling the album "a fascinating glimpse of a character continually in transition".[5] The Guardian called it "one of the strangest and most eclectic records you'll hear all year",[10] and "an album that practically has a green smog drifting above it".[6] Clash gave it 7/10, stating "repeated plays reveal an irresistible talent".[4] PopMatters gave it 6/10, with reviewer David Amidon stating "I've listened to this album a lot just trying to make sense of it...and have walked away mostly pleased".[8]

A Sufi and a Killer ranked at number 41 on Tiny Mix Tapes' "Favorite 50 Albums of 2010" list.[11] It ranked at number 14 on The Wire's "2010 Rewind" list.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gonjasufi.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Untitled (Bharatanatyam)" The Gaslamp Killer 0:55
2. "Kobwebz" The Gaslamp Killer 2:13
3. "Ancestors" Flying Lotus 2:36
4. "Sheep" The Gaslamp Killer 4:03
5. "She Gone" The Gaslamp Killer 2:45
6. "SuzieQ" The Gaslamp Killer 1:44
7. "Stardustin" The Gaslamp Killer 1:04
8. "Kowboyz&Indians" The Gaslamp Killer 2:43
9. "Change" The Gaslamp Killer 2:04
10. "Duet" The Gaslamp Killer 3:06
11. "Candylane" Mainframe 2:07
12. "Holidays" Mainframe 3:57
13. "Love of Reign" Mainframe 2:39
14. "Advice" Mainframe 2:45
15. "Klowds" The Gaslamp Killer 3:28
16. "Ageing" The Gaslamp Killer 2:42
17. "DedNd" The Gaslamp Killer 3:38
18. "I've Given" The Gaslamp Killer 3:35
19. "Made / Dobermins" The Gaslamp Killer 10:45


  1. ^ a b "A Sufi And A Killer by Gonjasufi". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason (2010) "A Sufi and a Killer Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-07-04
  3. ^ a b Parkin, Chris (2010) "Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer Review", BBC, 9 March 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
  4. ^ a b Annan, Nick (2010) "Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer", Clash, 26 February 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
  5. ^ a b c Gibb, Tom (2010) "Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer", Drowned in Sound, 3 March 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
  6. ^ a b Dean, Will (2010) "Gonjasufi: A Sufi and a Killer", The Guardian, 4 March 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
  7. ^ Patrin, Nate (2010) "Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer", Pitchfork Media, 4 March 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
  8. ^ a b Amidon, David (2010) "GonjaSufi: A Sufi and a Killer", PopMatters, 5 April 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
  9. ^ "Gonjasufi: A Sufi and a Killer". Warp. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Meer, Malik (2010) "Gonjasufi – the electro Hendrix", The Guardian, 6 March 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
  11. ^ "2010: Favorite 50 Albums of 2010 (50-41)". Tiny Mix Tapes. December 17, 2010. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ "2010 Rewind". The Wire. January 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 

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