Review: Uj Pa Gaz specializes in chugging, mind-altering fare that sits somewhere between slipped Balearica, dub disco and the kind of psychedelic mid-tempo grooves championed by Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston at their Love From Outer Space parties. The latter duo would no doubt love "L", the opening cut from the Albanian's latest EP on Tici Taci. Rich in undulating acid lines, drowsy shoegaze guitar flourishes, head-nodding beats and snaking electronics, it's arguably the release's most potent cut. That said, many of the same stylistic ingredients can also be heard on the similarly impressive, new wave influenced goodness of "Get Your Acid (featuring Duncan Gray)", while head-in-the-clouds closer "Sleep 4416" wraps cascading psychedelic indie-rock guitars around a formidable dub disco bassline.
Review: Uj Pa Gaz (aka Erlind Hoxha) is an Albanian musician who cut his teeth in bands with names like Germs. This is his new solo project though, and this time round he's on a slow and moody Balearic tip. "KuKu" is a brooding, meandering, slo-mo funk jam with lots of tension building guitar motifs, relentless percussion and an ominous chant. "On Rugs" is longer at almost seven minutes in length, and features delayed guitar chimes, more intense drumming and an overall Belgian new beat vibe. The title also reappears in a brighter electro-house-style remix by Did Virgo.
Review: Based in London, Tici Taci specialise in "electric funk rekkids at tempos below 120BPM, with live instruments to the fore". Which makes the label the ideal home for this debut long-player from Albanian producer Uj Pa Gaz, AKA Erlind Hoxha. Across the album's eight tracks you'll find an enchanting cocktail of Balearic, Italo, EBM and straight-up disco influences, with standouts including the lazy, hazy 'Chuga' with its earworm of a whistling synth and 'Nepotik' with its unusual pairing of Underworld-ish synths and vocoder vox, until the gentle, beatless Spanish guitar piece 'Mallorca' brings the album to a more chilled close.