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Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force

Lamb Ji

This latest release from German legend Mark Ernestus sees the Basic Channel man head deeper into the mother continent, further embracing Mblalax derived, spiritual rhythms and immersive dubspace. Hypnotic and otherworldly "Lamb Ji" puts you under its spell from the off, filling a carnernous soundscape with echoed vocals and occasional guitar while the Nder, Saba and Tama tesselate into an irresistible polyrhythm. Imbued with the typically exquisitive Ernestus sound design, "Lamb Ji" totally overwhelms your senses and transports you directly to the spirit realm. In case there was any doubt that the power lies in the ancient hide of those drums, Mark flips the riddim into dub mode on the B-side, rounding off another essential release.

Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri

Ndagga Versions

Jeri-Jeri is the collaboration between the renowned Berlin based producer Mark Ernestus and a griot clan of Sabar drummers from Kaolack in Senegal, led by Bkane Seck, along with guest Mbalax musicians and vocalists - including mainstays of the bands of Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour and other top Senegalese artists.

Aficionados of cutting edge world music and underground dance will have noted Ernestus's remixes of Afrobeat legend Tony Allen and Kinshasa rockers Konono No 1, and his co-compilation (with Honest jon's) of the critically acclaimed Shangaan Electro showcase. On the quiet though, he has become increasingly hooked on Mbalax wih its hyper-vivid Sabar and talking-drum workouts, and ultra-repetative. sick, sequencer-like Marimba synths. In early 2011 he travelled to Senegaland the Gambia in search of original recordings. Through an unlikely set of coincidences, he ended up working in the legendary Dkar studio former known as Xippi, with more than twenty of the findest musicians in the country.

'800% Ndagga' and 'Ndagga Versions' present the results on two albums, splitting vocals and instrumentals; a masterful style of Mbalax, heady and hard groving, with high complex, fiercely succinct poly-rhythms; an ancient-futuristic music, mesmeric but sharp as nails, super charged with drama.


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