Your Ticket to… 2020 (in 20+1 Albums)

DumaDuma [Nyege Nyege Tapes; August 2020]

The key achievement here is the duo’s ability to bring fresh ideas to the table, despite what sounds like a tight budget and bare-bones technical set up. Those fractured, flanged keys of ‘Sin Nature’ battered by techno kicks, or majestic synths looming behind salvos of snares in the downward spiralling opener ‘Angels and Abysses’… they are out of this world. What’s more, they execute all this while still sounding Kenyan. […] Even an average death growl becomes a very different beast when the lyrics in Maasai are based on a brutal rite of passage which ritual track title ‘Lionsblood’ refers to. As the album artwork implies, this is not for the faint of heart.

Eero Holi

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