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Following his six-year project of recording traditional musicians all over the world and releasing them on his own label Les Cartes Postales Sonores, Judgitzu - the production name of Julien Hairon - releases his first new music since settling in Tanzania two years ago. Presented over a 10” vinyl, ‘Umeme’ is a straight-out rager, whereas its flip-side ‘Kelele’ is (only slightly) more subtle. 

Limited Vinyl 10" £8.99 NNT017

Edition of 300 copies 10" on Nyege Nyege Tapes. Mastered and cut at D&M, Berlin.

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Umeme / Kelele by Judgitzu
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8/10 Ant 06 November 2019

Fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight for a rush of relentless pure energy that would seem to defy the laws of physics. Here we have a record so blazing hot it’ll melt your retinas just by looking at it. This blistering 10" plate from "roving punk ethnomusicologist" Julien Hairon aka Judgitzu for Uganda’s ever astonishing Nyege Nyege Tapes imprint is a monumental scorcher - optimized for the most frenetic dancefloor sessions. Where most Western dance music tends to veer into numbskull/bonehead nihilistic territory (not necessarily a bad thing) when the BPMs get high, the music Nyege Nyege Tapes releases feels celebratory and joyous - but don’t get me wrong, these two tracks are still fierce.

‘Umeme’ clocks in at a staggering 180 beats per minute and like a laser-guided missile aimed at the ‘floor, never loses its way. This is music that stimulates the mind and body and makes you feel ALIVE. I feel like someone has replaced my Weetabix this morning with three large human adrenal glands as the percussion seems to have every muscle in my body spasmodically twitching. The pulsating synth sounds course right through the body like pure electricity, generating an opiate-like buzz feels like I’m wired directly into the mains voltage - pleasure receptors on overload.

‘Kelele’’ meanwhile is equally as INSANE but with a more subtle, muted intensity. It’s like being inside a Jeep blasting through unmapped terrain with motorbike engines blasting past and demented parrots chirping as strange radio transmissions are received as we accelerate full throttle into HYPERSPACE. Two absolute ‘floor burners.



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