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Their debut EP Liboso - meaning “forward, straight ahead” - for the label features new tracks showcasing more of their sonic universe. ‘Blvd Lumumba’, named after the road which leads you into Kinshasa, has a delicate wistful feel, set by a giant cross-shaped sculptural ‘Jesus Crisis’ harp - and when played over an 808 kick, sounds akin to homemade early house. ‘Affaire A Mbongo’ - Money Problems - has an early 80s No Wave vibe that would have surely rattled the concrete at Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage... had it not been recorded in 2018. ‘Longola Ye Kupe’ is a hypnotic number, meanwhile, highlighting Makara Bianko's impassioned and idiosyncratic vocal, over instrument-maker Dido’s rhythmic guitar and a steady, pulsing bassline, sounding like it’s coming from a 'Detroit Congolese' neighbourhood. The new material joins critically acclaimed early singles ‘Azo Toke’ and ‘L.O.V.E.’, with a new video for the former out now.
The Liboso EP is the group’s first new music since their Tokoliana and Tongos’a releases - which the band followed with a sold out European tour, whilst also taking their unique and high octane live show to festivals such as Roskilde, Sonar, NOS Alive and many more, highlights of which included the discovery of crowd-surfing, and half hour long encores when fans wouldn’t let them leave.
- 1.Blvd Lumumba
- 2.Azo Toke
- 3.Affaire A Mbongo
- 5.Longola Ye Kup
Cat no: TRANS403V
Info correct on: 28/2/2019