Boomkat Product Review:
Hardcore spirit Nkisi yields a 30 minute tape on a doomcore tip in the vein of classic Joyrex-era Caustic Window, backed with an alternate version recorded during her Cafe Oto residency, released via the Paris’-based Collapsing Market label.
Under the mission statement ’Destruction of Power’, Nkisi goes in much rawer, noisier and looser than her string of records for UIQ and Arcola, reminding us in its intensity and underlying radiance of the Joyrex series of Caustic Window EP's from way back when. From the bouncing bomb kicks and shellshocked atmosphere of the opening bars, 'Destruction Of Power' introduces dungeon synth pads and demonic, red-lining levels of distortion that threaten to crumble those Congolese drum patterns while the bittersweet pads hold their line in the upper echelons.
The slightly shorter Oto mix is keener on the sharper kick drum patterns and is inhabited by a ghostly, dubbed-out vocal incanting the titular phrase, until a mid-way switch-up really lets fly with a drum palette like Konono No.1’s Congotronics on steds and reworked by No Name. Proper no brainers!