Words from Boomkat: Sickest acid dancehall and crooked soukous vibes straight from Kampala on this killer new EP from Rey Sapienz, returning to Hakuna Kulala (sublabel of Nyege Nyege Tapes) on the label’s first ever physical release. ‘Mushoro’ packs twice as much material as Sapienz’ 2018 debut ‘Hakuna Kulala’ for a start, but the production is also detectably slower, more detailed and layered to express a wider range of moods and killer drum patterns stemming from the Congo, while the vocals are also more diverse and speaking to current club tastes. Pairing acidic stabs with low-slung vox in the dark sidewinder ‘Mushoro’, he finely toggles the vibe between playful technoid and Terminator cold throughout the EP, shifting his weight on an off the beat with icy control in ‘Ngando’, while ‘Dancehall Pigmé’ turns out a gripping take on acid-hall styles shades away from Equiknoxx. ‘Anti Machine’ then start out super brooding but buoyed by psyched-out bleep melodies like some early Warp cut, before ’Nzela Mabulu’ cuts the lights for a proper piece of voodoo almost compatible with Gqom, and ‘Entaintenment’ rounds back to a rugged flip of soukous styles. Mad, essential vibes on this one, strong looks for the dancers and DJs!
Sisso – Mateso LP – Bonus tape (tracks 9-16) mastered by Declared Sound.
“Nyege Nyege Tapes’ revelatory Singeli series culminates with a rush from scene bossman Mohamed Hamza Ally aka Sisso, whose studio in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania is the epicentre of the world’s most thrilling, punkish new dance style.Arriving after incendiary instalments in 2018 by Bamba Pana, Jay Mitta, and Duke, and the introductory ‘Sounds of Sisso’ compilation in 2017, the ‘Mateso’ album pulls focus back to the scene’s lynchpin with 8 none-more-compelling cuts of breakneck loops and helter skelter riffs on vinyl, supplemented by a tape with equally exhilarating bonus material awaiting quick clickers and dancers. The collected tracks chronicle Sisso’s work over the past four years, spanning a period after his informal studio in the sprawling ghettos of Dar-Es-Salaam grew from a small shack selling DVDs and MP3s, to come to catalyse countless new releases from local producers such as Bamba Pana, DJ Longo, and Balotelli, as well as a wave of new MC’s including Makavelli, Cad Reedah, Anti Virus, Dogo Muchi, Dogo Mjanja, Rehema Tajiri, and Yung Yuda” – Read more on Boomkat
Dawn Of The Failed Units Pt. 1
I recently started mastering for a new label called Failed Units. Read about the label on Fact Mag. Their first release is Dawn Of The Failed Units Pt. 1 by Daniel Ruane, which includes a remix by LOFT. Read about it on Resident Advisor. First listen on Hyponik. Has been getting some hefty spins over the summer by the likes of Objekt, seen here at Boiler Room in Vienna.
Eomac – Reconnect Remixes
Fact Mag announced Eomac’s Reconnect Remixes release. Released on June 14th.
Sim Hutchins – EDM Money
First single on Sim Hutchins’ new label Finding Zero. Premiere on Loose Lips. Played by Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6Music 22nd May 2019.
Bandcloud – Missives
Bandcloud, Aidan Hanratty’s weekly mailer of noteworthy Bandcamp and SoundCloud releases, released a compilation on April 29th. Proceeds from Missives will go to two Irish charities: Merchants Quay Ireland, a national homeless and drugs charity, and The Ana Liffey Drug Project, which aids drug users and advocates for policy change. Read about the release here on Resident Advisor.
Meine Nacht is a clubnight in Liverpool run by Breakwave, and I’m really happy to have been asked to master their first venture into label territory with the debut EP from Daniel Ruane. More info here on Resident Advisor. Limited edition of 30 12″ dubplates, released on April 11, 2019. Interview with Breakwave and Daniel Ruane on The Ransom Note.
Ganzfeld is a phenomenon of perception caused by exposure to an unstructured, uniform stimulation field. This is mostly the description used when talking about visual perceptions and the loss of depth of field and dimensional perception. In 2017, during a residency at Venezia Biennale for Xavier Veilhan’s “Studio Venezia”, Von Tesla laid down the first ideas for trying to achieve a similar effect through the use of multiple layers of electronic music, with seemingly random beats, layers of discordant melodies and other electronic trickeries. The result is the mammoth double album “Ganzfeld”, 133 minutes of new music which demonstrates how Von Tesla is able to design an alienating futuristic atmosphere, always bringing the listener into unknown electronic territories of interpretative chaos filled with an otherworldly aesthetic and an experimental driven attitude. Out on May 10th. Mastered at Declared Sound.
Spooky Shit announced on Fact Mag, a new label from Spooky J & PQ of Nihiloxica and Ekhe, launching on 18th March 2019.
Congolese rap from Will’Stone and Le Bon on Hakuna Kulala featured on Pan-Africa Music.
Starting 2019 off with a face-melter, here’s the first taste of the amazing new Slikback EP Tomo on Hakuna Kulala, released 1st February. Plenty of press arriving for this one at Fact Mag, Resident Advisor and Pan African Music, as well as “heavyweight ghettoblaster” approval from none other than The Bug.
Congratulations to the Hakuna Kulala crew, selected by Fact Mag as one of the best record labels of 2018! It’s been a real pleasure working with the label throughout the year, and it’s great to see their passion and dedication getting the props they deserve, I have mad respect for what they’re doing. Big up to Slikback whose Lasakaneku EP on Hakuna Kulala mastered here at Declared Sound has made it onto lots of best releases of 2018 lists, as well as one of the best mixes of the year! No less than three releases mastered here at Declared Sound were selected in the top 20 of 2018 by Pan African Music – shout outs to Jako Maron, MC Yallah, Debmaster and Slikback!
Pan African Music – Best Electronic 2018
Fact Mag – Best Labels Of 2018
Fact Mag – 50 Best Singles of 2018
Pitchfork – The Best Electronic Music Of 2018
Red Bull Radio – Top Flight with Chal Ravens – Best Club Tracks Of 2018
Resident Advisor – Best Mixes Of 2018
Three releases mastered here at Declared Sound featured in this article on Pitchfork by Philip Sherburne: 9 must-hear albums from Nyege Nyege Tapes, the label putting Africa’s Electronic Underground on the map.