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If there’s one scene that’s redefining the sound of global electronica, without a doubt it’s the one surrounding the Nyege Nyege Tapes label and festival in Kampala, Uganda. The east African city could soon be giving Berlin a run for its money as far as forward thinking dance music goes, with a seemingly endless stream of artists and producers winning over the ears of open minded clubbers worldwide.
Such is the wealth of talent in the scene that Nyege Nyege Tapes recently launched a second label, Hakuna Kulala (which aptly translates as ‘busy’) focused on more electronic sounds, with Slikback standing out amongst the artists released so far. Lasakaneku, the debut release from the young producer is an astonishing re-interpretation of bass music, combining the polyrhythms of juke and footwork with screwed and processed vocal lines, skilfully deployed distortion and glitchy electronics reminiscent of labels such as PAN or Planet Mu. In contrast to the hyperlocal styles we’ve been used to from Africa in recent years, this is truly global music for the dancefloor, whether that’s a warehouse in Berlin, or a street party in Benin.