Boomkat Product Review:
Heavy as f*ck acid trap, deconstructed dancehall and chaotic chiptune from DJ Scotch Egg, alongside a host of Nyege Nyege favorites: MC Yallah, DUMA's Lord Spikeheart, Swordman Kitala, Chrisman and Don Zilla.
Back in 2019, veteran Japanese producer Shigeru Ishihara was invited to a residency in Kampala at the Nyege Nyege Villa. Stationed there for a few weeks, Ishihara assembled a set of tracks that reflected both his diverse musical history producing breakcore, extreme noise and eccentric electronic pop and his new surroundings.
It was in Uganda where Ishihara was exposed to the Hakuna Kulala family, all of whom push "Tewari" into surprising directions. Opening track 'Omuzira' features versatile Ugandan rapper MC Yallah on vocals, and dancing effortlessly between Ishihara's sparse doom trap rhythm, she demonstrates the kind of breathless, language-bending flow that's made her live appearances such a talking point.
From here, Ishihara introduces Duma's Lord Spikeheart and "Tewari" flips into another gear. 'Success' is the perfect showcase for Spikeheart's guttural death metal screams, with sodden industrial beats and fetid bass that sounds like The Bug after a particularly long weekend on the research chems. It's a winning combo that Ishihara repeats on 'Sniper' and 'Lapis Lazuli', using Spikeheart to play foil to some of the heaviest beats he's let loose in years. Harder than most metal records you're likely to come across right now, it's a cross between Autechre-esque DSP splatter, neon gabber and grimmer-than-grim industrial deathdoom and we just can't get enough of it. Utterly pummeling stuff.