Luka Productions is Malian producer, Luka Guindo. Falaw is his follow-up to 2017’s Fasokan. It sees him blending West African hip-hop and folktronica. He also blends the traditional and the modern with African storytellers, or Griots being backed by Luka’s synth work and Ngonis, a traditional stringed instrument, soloing over sampled beats. LP and CD on Sahel Sounds. CD includes two exclusive tracks.
Vinyl LP £20.99 SS052LP
LP on Sahel Sounds.
CD £11.49 SS052CD
CD on Sahel Sounds. Includes two CD only tracks.
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- Falaw by Luka Productions
If you're a regular reader of my reviews (I sees ya), then you'll know I love West African music, or at least, most of what I've heard of it. What a treat it is then to listen to Luka Production's new album 'Falaw'. He’s a Malian producer whose new album is a mixture of the modern and the classic. There are beats approaching dancehall rhythms (I know you’re meant to say ‘riddim’ but I can’t really being myself to say it), synthesizers, and rapping, paired with balafons, n’gonis (a traditional stringed instrument which some say is the ancestor of the banjo), and the fact that genuine Griots feature. Griots are storytellers/bards that perform in West Africa.
This album is great. Again, if you read my reviews then you’ll also know that something I love is the melding together of proleptically disparate elements. ‘Falaw’ does this a lot. There’s the bubbly synths on ‘Tolobana’ contrasted by the clarity of the n’gonis, or the acoustic instrumentation and vocals on ‘Djessou’ put through something that sounds like a weird processor but it might not be, I'm not sure. The electronic and acoustic elements are so tightly woven that it's often hard to identify what's really going on, but to do that is to really miss the point so I'll just leave it there with the recommendation to you, dear regular, that you should go listen to it!
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