Boomkat Product Review:
Nihiloxica's debut album 'Kaloli' gets torn to shreds and rebuilt inna club mode by Giant Swan, Spooky Shit's pq and Ekhe, Timedance's Metrist, Nihiloxica drummer Spooky-J and Manchester's BFTT.
The Anglo-Ugandan band were one of Nyege Nyege Tapes' flagship acts, and while their debut album ended up on Belgian label Crammed, it still aptly showcased their sound: a high-pressure fusion of production smarts and innovative, dense percussion. Now that sound has been broken apart by a particularly worthy gaggle of collaborators, who take a hammer and chisel to Nihiloxica's tracks and use the shattered pieces to assemble brand new shapes. Bristol's Giant Swan are the first to flex their skills, and true to form, they smash sampled vocals and sheet noise with over-the-top chopped drums, assembling a neck-snapping banger that's not exactly techno, but not exactly not techno either.
Nihiloxica producer pq teams up with his Spooky Shit cohort Ekhe to transform 'Black Kaveera' into a pacy nu-trance belter, and Nihiloxica's drummer Spooky-J highlights the drums with his "Drum Appreciation Edit" of 'Busoga'. But it's Metrist who's properly blown our tiny brains apart. His deconstruction of 'Gunjula' is among the most crucial club cuts we've heard in ages, lavishing Autechre-level sound design with a bracing, chest-bursting fwd-motion that sounds alien and intoxicating. We're not kidding, it sounds like someone decided to make club music after only hearing Florian Hecker's "Acid in the Style of David Tudor". If that's not enough, Manny's BFTT flexes his bass chops again on his molasses-slow mutant 'ardkore refix of 'Bwola'. Ace.