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Mumia’s freakishly brilliant new wave experiments from Brazil, 1988 surface 30-odd years after the thwarted original release, uncannily echoing Portugal’s Yong Yong and the kind of lysergic treats cropping up on Holuzam, or that amazing ‘Onda de Amor’ comp of Brazilian synth oddities on Soundway, Bit special this one.
Smudging aspects of post-punk and industrial in the woozy ambient sphere, the São Paolo duo of Kodiak Machine and Celso Alves cooked up ‘Lugar Alto’ as a home-baked experiment, hashing minimal electronic equipment with wickedly whacked out vocals in Portuguese and English (but also Spanish, French, German) to frankly sound like nobody else but themselves during that era. Their improvised sessions became trimmed and shaped into ‘Lugar Alto’, which never saw light of day back then, but with thanks to Brazilian DJ/digger Millos Kaiser - the G behind that killer ‘Onda de Amor: Synthesised Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)’ comp - the album now finally finds its audience.
Akin to the deepest, most frazzled throes of an acid trip, the album plays out a hallucinatory fantasy that’s part cyberpunk soundtrack, part psych-pop, and entirely fucking unhinged in the best way. Seeping into your system with the ambient screwball ‘Ave do Deserto’, it only becomes progressively loopier with something like Lewis after double dropping with Hype Williams in the warped croon of ‘Doctor Albert Hofmann encontra em Barcelona os irmãos siamese (2 cabers e 1 cérebro)’, before pushing into outstanding industrial grunge bop in ‘She is going to_The_Hell_and everybody knows’, and a pair of rabid, ravishing ‘Massacre de Serra Eléctrica’ parts that will surely light up any fans of MAAT’s ‘The Next’ oddity plucked out by Spencer Clark, or likewise France’s Vox Populi loons.