Boomkat Product Review:
Nyege Nyege Tapes’ ace new sublabel Hakuna Kulala presents fresh new bass music from Kenya with Slikback’s rudely skeletal twyss-ups
Simultaneously familiar in construction yet wickedly alien to Western bass music frameworks, Slikback’s ‘Lasakaneku’ is yet another thrilling new delivery from East and central Africa that’s bound to baffle preconceptions of music from that region.
‘Acid’ is a ruggedly squirming zinger working on a grinding dancehall bump shot up with martial snares and mad, chopped up vocal - think a marten Equiknoxx - while ‘Bantu’ comes off like slow/fast and pendulous answer to SA Gqom, and ‘Ascension’ sounds like Don’t DJ doing minimal D&B. To our ears, ‘Just I’ has the rub ’n tug of ruggedest dembow beats, and the hot-footed torque of ‘Venom’ sounds like a mutant Rian Treanor, before escalating to a syncopated gabber coda.