Boomkat Product Review:
Carnivalesque kuduro madness from Príncipe's Normal Nada on his long-awaited debut album, welding Afro-Portuguese rhythms to overdriven drones and frenetic, all-over-the place goo, primed for the heatwave.
Normal Nada has worked as a sort of archivist and chronicler of the Afro-Portuguese musical evolution over the last decade or so, broadcasting his knowledge with mixes, rips and his own productions under a whole bunch of different names - including that sick ‘Transmutação Cerebral’ EP for Príncipe back in 2015.
Almost a decade later, Nada finally gives up a debut album, boiling his expertise into steamy, outlandish dancefloor hybrids that fall so far from their roots they’ve mutated into something entirely new.
‘Beautiful Caos' opens up the LP with a screwed hybrid of dissonant subs , toytown melodies and sweeping, horror strings. 'Da Rage' is more restrained, offsetting a thick kuduro rhythm with EDM synths, while 'Up Bumbulum' sounds like a Portuguese response to Jeff Mills' 'The Bells', with zippy, detuned percussion and a party-ready batida rhythm that morphs fluidly into pounding, big-room techno.
Nada lets loose on the title track, following his wildest inclinations into sawing electric guitar and distorted stabs, offsetting industrial clangs with acoustic drum rolls that form into rough kuduro patterns. 'Nai Na Chi' is almost as screwy, lining tripped out synths and bird calls next to martial rim shots and an urgent kickdrum, while 'Alive' sounds like a peaktime tearout - all happy hardcore vocal squeaks and cloud-punching melodies. Listen carefully and you might hear a bit of Southern rap in there too.
Full rhythmic ruckus, made for dancing.