For all intents and purposes, Karl Hector might as well be another nom-de-plume of Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers) who, along with Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founded Karl Hector and The Malcouns in the early 2000s. Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija crafted nearly twenty tracks for their debut, Sahara Swing, an album that swung with influences from across the African diaspora. Ngunga Yeti Fofa is the second in a series of vinyl only EPs that will culminate in their second album.
Ngunga Yeti Fofa’s five songs demonstrate The Malcouns’ deft handling of musics from both Eastern and Western Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk; the title track is a great representation of this - a swinging horn-lead highlife jam that would sound perfect next to the Ghanaian classics of K.Frimpong and Ebo Taylor. “…simultaneously loose-limbed and rigorous, generating a joy tempered by humid paranoia. It’s party music that sets you on edge–and it’s crucial.”
Limited to 1000 copies and featuring original artwork by Kevin Lyons with screen-printed chipboard jackets by AntiDesigns.
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