Boomkat Product Review:
Príncipe cohort Normal Nada returns to Nyege with another delirious set of screwed batida variants, decomposing Afro-house, "psychedelic African trance", soca, ragga, and even throwing in a slippery tribute to Nate Dogg. Essential dancers' biz for anyone yearning for late, sweaty nights.
Normal Nada the Krakmaxter calls himself "the real Psychedelic African Trance inventor”, and on this 12 track session he deploys an array of fractal-fuelled bullets by slowly teasing kuduro’s hard-swung rhythms with tense, simmering Trance crescendos. On 'AZ House 3' he then surveys Afro-house, concocting a silky groove that glues itself to a soulful vocal and rousing piano loops while the sounds swirl into a hypnotising vortex.
His hybridised trance blueprint is more luminous on 'Tribal Trance', looping nitrous stabs over a kuduro woodblock to harness the kinetic power of the rhythm itself. His off-world alloy ’Batida Hard Techno’ is just as coarse, maintaining a rigid 4/4 and laser-powered synths but disrupting the energy with galloping hand drums and gqom-like vocal cuts. Just as you think you have it sussed, Nada inevitably throws a curveball, dashing through soca on 'Funana Freestyle', bone-rattling drums on 'Roll’, and a sloshed interpolation of Nate Dogg's G-Funk on the celestial 'Tarraxo do Evangelho gospel'.
Nothing's straightforward here, Nada’s 360 view of batida and the wider dance continuum gives his tracks a breathless, punkish energy without sacrificing its peak-time momentum. So, basically, If yr after demented music that floats on the waterlogged, tech-house flooded marketplace like a pilled-up shark on an inflatable unicorn - look no further.