Boomkat Product Review:
Haitian six-piece Chouk Bwa join forces with Belgian duo The Ångströmers for a second furious collision of Caribbean 'ardkore pressure.
The first volume of "Ayiti Kongo Dub" EP was a revelation - one of this year's sickest club weapons - and its sequel doesn't disappoint, building on the the trance-inducing dub hypnotics and pushing further into spiraling, cavernous abstraction. Musically we're dropped into atavistic future territory, with Chouk Bwa curving Haitian traditional styles into jagged Bad Brains-esque punk fusion, and The Ångströmers chiseling the results into whirling, electronically assisted pulsemuzik.
We could make stylistic links to HHY & The Macumbas, Nihiloxica and Mark Ernestus's Ndagga Rhythm Force, but with their two "Ayiti Kongo Dub" EPs, Chouk Bwa & The Ångströmers expand their landscape with each production. Their controlled, chaotic rhythmic blasts sound as just as sonically in line with African Head Charge's blunted psychedelia, and harmonize perfectly with Nkisi's deadly forays into phantasmagorical secret rhythms.
Just clap yr ears around 'Petwo Raboday', a jerky mind-milt that ruffly assembles lysergic tuned hand drum resonances into swirling passages of fwd-reverse illusory hypnosis. It's still dancefloor gear, just about, but fully cut, fully advanced, befuddling in the best way. Fire.