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Dutch psych-rock artiste Jacco Gardner, and production partner in crime, the percussive culprit behind many a twisted tropical beat, Nic Mauskovic, have teamed up for a devilish EP of cinematic, Balearic disco for their debut EP as Bruxas. Wielding a love for the wild and exotic, "Más Profundo" is a record influenced by the black arts, the sun, and the love of making nostalgic, summertime music. Gardner's self-titled solo project, featuring Mauskovic on drums - has to date, won him many, global plaudits, comparing him to the likes of Broadcast, and Tame Impala. Mauskovic meanwhile garnered himself a reputation for sub-equatorial percussion, featuring in bands such as Altin Gün, Eerie Wanda, and of course, the aptly-titled cumbia, new-wave act, The Mauskovic Dance Band. Bruxas came together when the two were playing backing band for the 70s James Brown-meets-Black Sabbath act, Witch (!!!). Feeling inspired, they began their collaborative musical odyssey by writing new music together in Portugal (Bruxas is Portuguese for witch by the way). Gardner states, (what started the project was) 'our love of 70s soundtracks, library music, African disco, and Afrobreat.' Mixing together their well-honed percussive rhythms, along with layered synths and the occasional vocal, Bruxas was born; a project less on the side of fuzz-rock, and more on the side of an occultist rhythmic, devil-dance. The Dekmantel EP is a kaleidoscope cabinet of curiosities, unearthed from the tropical wilderness. "Más Profundo" is the deepest of all the treasures, while "Tropicacovas", with its wistful island ambiance, conga beats and rolling bass, soundtracks the whole affair, before delving into the jungle with "Selva Cosmica". Animals gasp as the energy becomes more electric, while the Dutch duo play on, with "Plantas Falsas". A true carnival of wild assorts. Drinks are free. Fun, and sunshine, there’s enough for everyone. 'Each track is a little journey, some through Africa, others just at a fancy Italian pool party,' Gardner says about the EP, 'there is definitely a worldly character about them, which ties into the exotica element that connects all the tracks' and we'd certainly agree. Set to be very big here at Picc HQ - we recommended getting those skates on sharpish if you want in on the action.
Patrick says: Jacco Gardner and tropical beat freak Nic Mauskovic get behind the console for a Dekmantel debut of otherworldly exotica, Balearic disco and cosmic safari. It's rhythmic, psychedelic and full of hooks - just the way we like it!
1. Maas Profundo
3. Selva Coosmica
4. Plantas Falsas