Reviewed this week
Banana Hill's latest musical missive is indicative of the label's global dancefloor fusion approach. It sees in-house producers Contours and Cervo join forces with Ugandan "percussion troupe" Fonkodelis Arkestra as Kawuku Sound. The resultant seven-track set is superb, with the group's brilliant Ugandan drum rhythms variously being fused with dub style production, spacey synth lines, gentle electronic ambience (see the sublime closing track "Niloctica's Yard"), dusty spoken word samples and fluid melodies. It's a hybrid mixture that works very well. The genius lies in the "soft touch" nature of Contours and Cervo's production, which largely pushes Fonkodelis Arkestra's brilliant percussion to the fore.