Boomkat Product Review:
Crackshot contemporary set of psych-soul, gospel, deep south trap, techno and freak funk killers from Kenya’s Kabeaushé - proper RIYL Jai Paul, Outkast, Tyler the Creator, M.I.A., Kanye West, Panda Bear, Equiknoxx
Destined for heavy summer rotation, ‘The Coming of Gaze’ is a triumphant debut LP of dare-to-differ modern soul and blues music from the banks of the Kigera river that snakes through East Africa. Bound to become an MVP of Hakuna Kulala, Kabeaushé makes a heavy impression from nose to tail on their first record, unexpectedly absorbing heat and light from all angles with a distinctively genre-agnostic swagger that’s patently comparable with C.21st US styles, but also distinguished by a more timeless appeal, itself part rooted in the artist’s key inspirations; Prince, Grace Jones, and Bollywood soundtracks.
Another lesson to never underestimate or preconceive the innovative styles coming from East and Central Africa right now, ‘The Coming of Gaze’ piques attention at every turn from their fusion of raw garage-soul guitar chops with ATL 808s and Panda Bear-like harmonies in ‘Bully Me’ thru the Equiknoxx-adjacent oddity of ‘Potassium’ and mutant Jersey club kicks of ‘Ramen Noodles’. Opening with gripping gospel harmonies, they variously go on like Outkast jamming with Deerhoof in ‘A Song About Joy and Sadness’, and skew baile funk to their slant a la M.I.A. on ‘Lift your Spirit’, while deftly dicing with modern techno freak funk on ‘Caracas’ and brilliantly ruding up discordant war horns with kongo tekno impulses in ‘Karachi’ to leave us in doubt to their ingenuity.