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Hakuna Kulala’s latest bomb introduces MB Jones (Feeding Tube) to the fold - appearing here alongside Rey Sapienz as Troposphere 7 for an immersive mix of propulsive Afro-futurist club music and sonic fiction dedicated to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s fledgling space program.
Working within a narrative framework akin to Nyege Nyege Tapes’ Metal Preyers, Troposphere 7 take inspiration from the story of Congolese scientist Jean-Patrick Keka Ohemba Okese, who, in 2007, established the DRC’s first space program, developing a family of rockets named ‘Troposphere’. Jones and Sapienz now look forward to Keka’s as-yet unmade rocket, ‘Troposphere 7’ with a soundtrack of spaced-out machine funk and atmospheric wooze that evokes feelings of anticipation and wonder on its jag from cuboid electro-funk to cosmic scree and UK Funky, via industrial and scrambled Korean vocal transmissions.
Revving into view with samples of the motorcycle taxis of Kampala on ‘Boda Boda Ride’, the pair switch strategies from stripped machine funk to lurching deep space techno on ‘Butu Na Moyi’ and cartoonish beatdown in ‘Mwinda’ with a biting character that plays out across the album. The teasing electro-jazz fusion lilt of ‘Isabyre’ comes to recall Pekka Airaksinen, and the wide-eyed gaze of ‘Atmosfer’ brilliantly plongs out into deep electro-dub space, with Eun Young Ju lending Korean vocals becoming rhythmically refracted in the mix, ultimately setting up the album’s closer and club standout, a sort of bolshy UKF mutation that takes the sound back upriver to its source = all pendulous log drums and humid field recordings riddled with kalimba and chattering bleeps that create a properly peculiar landscape.