Sisso is a crucial figure in Tanzania’s Singeli scene, the sound that has come to be associated with the brilliant Nyege Nyege Tapes label. Mateso, a eight-track LP that compiles music made by Sisso in the last three years, will come to stand alongside 2017’s Sounds Of Sisso as one of the genre’s primary tomes. Hyperspeed dance music of the highest order.

Limited Vinyl LP £14.99 NNT012

Green coloured vinyl LP on Nyege Nyege Tapes, mastered by Matt Colton. Edition of 200 copies.

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Mateso by Sisso
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9/10 Daoud 13 June 2019

Like trance but don’t think it’s fast enough? I might have the album for you. Mateso collects eight tracks released by Sisso, one of the vanguards of the breakneck paced Singeli scene out of Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania. BPMs regularly push 200 which sounds amazing but is probably doing awful things to my overworked little heart. And this isn’t like when a producer dips their toes into the fast tempos, Sisso is utterly committed.

The tracks are built of incredibly tight loops that trebly loops that never fail to give my something like a sugar rush. ‘Biti No 5’s core loop can’t be longer than two seconds, but it’s so addictive that it never grows old. This is also partly down to what's going on below in bass and drum land. Sisso is an absolute wizard at chopping and changing drum patterns, leaving spaces, and bringing them back in at the perfect moment. The bass takes a back seat, which is relatively unusual for dance musics, but makes it all the more potent when it does feature. ‘Biti No 7’ flits between 80s video game soundtrack and 2000s bassline at the drop of the hat.

Probably best is the track ‘Sisso Sisso’. I’m assuming Sisso agrees given he named it after himself twice. An unbelievably euphoric loop holds down the majority of the song as the bass cuts in and out to remind us just how high we are. And we are, very, very high.



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