Boomkat Product Review:
Sickest acid dancehall and crooked soukous vibes straight from Kampala on this killer new EP from Rey Sapienz, returning to Hakuna Kulala (sublabel of Nyege Nyege Tapes) on the label's first ever physical release.
‘Mushoro’ packs twice as much material as Sapienz’ 2018 debut ‘Hakuna Kulala’ for a start, but the production is also detectably slower, more detailed and layered to express a wider range of moods and killer drum patterns stemming from the Congo, while the vocals are also more diverse and speaking to current club tastes.
Pairing acidic stabs with low-slung vox in the dark sidewinder ‘Mushoro’, he finely toggles the vibe between playful technoid and Terminator cold throughout the EP, shifting his weight on an off the beat with icy control in ‘Ngando’, while ‘Dancehall Pigmé’ turns out a gripping take on acid-hall styles shades away from Equiknoxx. ‘Anti Machine’ then start out super brooding but buoyed by psyched-out bleep melodies like some early Warp cut, before ’Nzela Mabulu’ cuts the lights for a proper piece of voodoo almost compatible with Gqom, and ‘Entaintenment’ rounds back to a rugged flip of soukous styles.
Mad, essential vibes on this one, strong looks for the dancers and DJs!