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After leaving us reeling with the electrifying Sounds of Sisso compilation (keep an eye out for more news on that!), Nyege Nyege Tapes introduce a scintillating and darker take on traditional Bugandan drumming with Nihiloxica’s debut battery of percussion and stark synth work.
Revolving around seven percussionists plus one kit drum and a synth, their eponymous debut is a deeply grounded but sparking session recorded in single takes at Boutiq Studios in Kampala, Uganda between 26-29th August, 2017. Seriously, it could hardly be any fresher, and as with all the Nyege Nyege Tapes so far, gives a rare survey of new, and perhaps unpredicted, aspects of East African culture and the way tradition and electronic music are combined in contemporary Uganda - or more specifically the autonomous region of Buganda.
On Nilo we discover a tentative, spooked out meeting of minimal, pointillist drums and dissonant synth pitches that hunch and roll out like some meeting of Mark Ernestus and Coil, before Choir Chops finds its feet with Gqom like stamping punctuation, then attacks with proper, distorted punk attitude in a way that’s bloody hard to ignore on the ‘floor.
On Endongo they chill out a bit with something like a haunted house/kwaito budge driven by swollen, snarling bass and rent to the night sky with discordant, light polluting synth buzz, then Kadodi locks into formation with breathless rush of drums, drums, and well aye, more fucking drums - just how we like it - and saving a killer twist in the tail end.
A proper baddun, this. Don’t sleep!