Boomkat Product Review:
Drawing on Egyptian mythology, Afrofuturism and radical politics, Kenyan DJ and producer Makossiri impresses with an unhinged rattle of pneumatic techno, industrial noise, post-punk and experimental club sounds. Like the best Hakuna Kulala material, it's tough to classify, or ignore.
It's hard to believe that 'Juicy Juicy' is Makossiri's debut release, her productions are anything but rudimentary. She's clearly had an expansive and diverse musical education, and channels her expertise as a DJ into her wide-ranging productions; the title track sets her vox - somehow in the same sphere as Warrior Queen’s killer album sessions with Marina Rosenfeld - over rolling kicks and clanking metallic percussion, while 'Lifeline' decompresses into a musical airlock of thumping drums and acidic DSP and 'AEIOU' pastes BLAQ BANDANA's laconic flow over an overdriven punk-trap exo-skeleton that sounds as if it's been cut from rusted metal sheets with a bandsaw.
Things only get stronger from here: 'Moving On' sounds like Makossiri's Hakuna Kulala labelmate Slikback but with a chaotic punkishness expressed in the collapsing prismatic rhythms and fuzzy low-end rolls, while Tek Ha' switches the pace completely, pushing an Afro house rhythm into the void and using echoing vocal loops to conjure a moonlit ritual.
Makossiri saves the best for last with 'Ossiris Drums', drawing on Egyptian themes to construct her version of Cairo's innovative mahraganat, building hollow, propulsive rhythms and slowly feeding in grinding, disorienting white noise.