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Ravishing percussive rituals by HHY & The Macumbas for Nyege Nyege Tapes inc. a killer cut mixed by Adrian Sherwood full of feverish polyrhythm possessions and proper psych voodoo. RIYL Nihiloxica, Goat, Konono No.1
Percussive spirits are unleashed by HHY & Macumbas and Adrian Sherwood in a flying release for Nyege Nyege Tapes that stands up next to their driving Nihiloxica releases, or psychedelic African Head Charge sides and Konono No.1’s polymetric buzz. ‘Camouflage Vector: Edits From Live Actions 2017-2019’ displays the amorphous ensemble in contexts ranging from an oil tank in Tenerife, to an open air summer jam with Adrian Sherwood on the mixing desk, and a sweltering club thrown down captured in a club in Barcelona.
Mystic aerobic instrumentalists HHY & The Macumbas emerged in Porto from a group of musicians responsible for the city’s experimental scene of the early ‘00s. The set pays witness to the band in possessed flow, summoning Batacuda rhythms and Zummo-esque scapes in the pineal peal and trample of ‘Gysin Version’, and a mindbending smear of discordant brass on proper war drums swept up into tongues of fire and recoiling rhythms by dub legend Adrian Sherwood in ‘Orfeu Version’, while ‘Wilderness of Glass Version’ sounds like mystic Nyabinghi drummers sounding over the Atlantic in a duel with the horns of Jericho. It’s invigorating stuff, with an electrifying urgency captured in these recent edit by the band’s Jonathan Saldahna while under Covid-19 lockdown at Boutiq Studios, Kampala.