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2 reviews »I've been waiting a while for this Zun Zun Egui EP to arrive and it's been totally worth the wait. For those of you who have not encountered the band before I advise you to check them out next time they tour. Highly skilled and super enthusiastic players ZZE are a total treat for the ears. They mash up western and eastern influences so effortless it's hard to believe that the band are still in the ... »

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Bal La Poussiere EP by Zun Zun Egui
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9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 08 October 2009
I've been waiting a while for this Zun Zun Egui EP to arrive and it's been totally worth the wait. For those of you who have not encountered the band before I advise you to check them out next time they tour. Highly skilled and super enthusiastic players ZZE are a total treat for the ears. They mash up western and eastern influences so effortless it's hard to believe that the band are still in their infancy. So 'Bal La Puossiere' is their first three track EP released on 12" through Black Tapes and it's a corker! 'Chunk and Swirl' is a kaleidoscope of sounds and influences (afro beat, tropicalia, no-wave, punk rock, Krautrock to name a few) jostling for position with afro-grooves and eastern guitar pickery enticing the listener toward the dancefloor. The best is saved for track two ('Brown Mao') that tastefully reinterprets the call and response afro-funk of Fela Kuti at his best before departing for a quick once around the solar system, it's a blissfully spaced out number that perfectly captures the band as you might hear them live. Final track 'Sun God' can only be described as beautiful. Kushal Gaya's (formally a member of the under appreciated Designer Babies) vocal enthuses and inspires the band to play with wisened skill and ingenuity. They pack in more tangents than the Magic Band at their most insane whilst keeping that rhythm locked down solid. Think Captain Beefheart, The Boredoms, Warrior, Fela Kuti and The Mars Volta and you'll get a vague (and I mean vague...) idea of where these kids are coming from, totally amazing stuff. My pick of the week fo' sure!!! I wish them all the luck in the world and look forward to the next opportunity to see them live.

10/10 kitthehammer Customer review,

What is it about Bristol that it occassionally throws out something completely different to the rest of the country? It's more than likely its ease with its own cultural diversity and you can't really get a better example in sound and band constituents than Zun Zun Egui. Hailing from Mauritius, Japan and Brizzle of course, when i first heard them live it was difficult to place them in any genre and that is always a good sign of people trying to do something different. Of course you'll get that from band members with different musical and cultural backgrounds who are allowed to express themselves.

Some songs are short and have their own particular mood, some are pretty long which draw you in hypnotically only to throw you off balance by going on another tangent. It could be bright and celebratory, abstract, acid rocky, latino, african sounding, who knows?! All of the instruments serve to drive the rhythm at times and thats one thing i have to say about them, slow or fast they have a good idea of a great beat. Put it this way, if my dear 65 year old mother can go and watch Stevie Wonder at Hyde Park and find Zun Zun Egui the only interesting band other than Stevie, surpassing the likes of Jamiroquai and Corrinne Bailey Rae, then something must be right.


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