Boomkat Product Review:
It would be true to say that Konono No1 have become the unlikely stars of African experimental music. On the release of their debut album 'Congotronics' they were instantly held up by critics as the missing link between world music, punk, techno and anything else they could cram into a short review, and since then the band have gone from strength to strength. Headlining festivals across the world and recently appearing on Bjork's latest album there seems to be no stopping Konono No1, and this little stopgap before the next album proper perfectly sums up why there's so much hype. With their electrified likembés the band play a modern take on traditional African music, but it doesn't really sound at all how you'd expect it to - these modified instruments occasionally sound like overdriven electric guitar and occasionally sound like a squealing TB303, so as you can imagine the layered looping motifs are more than explosive. The band have five new tracks on this impeccably recorded live album and it's safe to say that they've still got it - the sheer energy they put into their music puts so many other acts to shame, this is party music first and foremost and it almost commands you to dance. Through a dense wall of blipping high pitched sounds, whistle toots and those distinctive chants you begin to realise this is too important to be merely given the tag of 'world music', and is far more unifying than that. Ignore the thousands of unwieldy comparisons, what Konono No1 do is something distinctly unique and totally unmissable, and 'Live at Couleur Café' is a great place to start exploring... huge recommendation.