Boomkat Product Review:
Lushest suite of productions from Bamako, Mali’s Luka Productions - a prolific artist with a distinctively melodic, breezy style that sounds like it was produced by Actress circa R.I.P. or American cloud rap instrumentals. Seriously this is one of the records we've listened to most for the last couple of months and will surely be right up there among the year's best...
Luka is behind hundreds of tracks for local rappers who queue up for beats outside his small studio; a modest set-up including a PC running Cubase, Reason, Fruityloops, plus a keyboard and mic for sampling balafon, djembe and vocals.
We’re quite honestly left a bit tripped out and light-headed by this one, there’s a subtly breathtaking innocence and simplicity to his mix of electronic and (sampled) acoustic compositions which many other producers could learn from. From the richness of his harmonised synth and vocal arrangements in Furu Boyan and the new age tones of Christianise, to the rugged yet elegant grooves of Yelen and L’excision, or the way that Dambéfoil with its wicked electro breakdown seems to parallel UKF and Afrobeats, he’s really pushing all of our buttons here, but most of all with those curious ambient pads draped over Terriya, the same ones that make Dignètignena sound uncannily like a Lena Platonos piece.
Seriously, pinch us now. Are we dreaming or is this really amazing?!