We finally got our hands on some repressed copies of this 2020 gem –
following on from the sessions with the Macumbas, this time HHV goes into sonic feedback along with extended Nyege family ‘The Kampala Unit’ –

The label say: ‘Incendiary debut album on Nyege Nyege Tapes by HHY & The Kampala Unit. Initiated by musician and artist Jonathan Saldanha (HHY & The Macumbas) during his Nyege Nyege residency, HHY & The Kampala Unit is a futuristic exploration of a fresh, yet submerse territory in music mixing up dub, techno, traditional drumming and elements of trance over ghostly and unnerving cinematic passages. A collaborative venture featuring visionary Saldanha on electronics and production, fierce trumpet player and ghetto activist Florence Lugemwa joined by percussionist Omutaba on hybrid drums plus the special appearance of the Kampala Prison Brass Band.

Properly a feast for the ear, Lithium Blast lures us into a layered synesthetic cosmogony soaked in oneiric sci-fi atmosphere. Physical in its tactility and effect and highly evocative, all tracks are a gorgeous blending of cerebral virtuosity, cosmic creativity, raw energy and visceral sensuality that is majestically sculpted with haunting marching sounds, mutating percussive rhythms, variations and reprises against cascading electronics and rich, technicolor textures. A dramatic intensity builds up over time generating tension between rupture and stability, subtext and hyper-realism. Mesmerizing and infectious.’

100% in agreement here – it’s another magic combination of that HHV typical sonic tapestry on the mixing desk, dropping in with the versatile human rhythms and wind instrumentation for a quietly raging storm, drenched in spring reverb & mystery.
Very unique stuff that somehow pulls in ghosts of grime, or dubstep, techno and other soundsystem musics into it’s very own, perfectly shrouded mix of translocal folklore and other worlds of imagination.

Edition of 500.
Comes with DL.
Mastering and vinyl cutting at Angstrom Studio by Frederic Alstadt
Designed by Daniel Martins & Joana Pestana

Written, recorded and produced by Jonathan Saldanha
Percussions and Kingdom Rhythms – Omutaba
Trumpets – Florence Lugemwa
Additional horns – Uganda Prison Brass Band
Additional voice – Don Zilla
Additional synthetic sounds – Diogo Tudela
Additional editing – Nicolas Esterle
Recorded at Boutiq Studio, Kampala
Mixed at Angstrom Studio and La Savonnerie Studio, Brussels by Jonathan Saldanha and Frederic Alstadt.

TRACKLIST:
1. Bursting Thru The Gates 02:48
2. Hunter 05:40
3. Mesh Intensifier 06:08
4. Queendom 02:29
5. Curse Go Back 04:10
6. Fission Core Fluid 05:12
7. Catastrophism 04:04
8. Science of Dust 04:19
9. Gun 04:05
10. Lithium Blast 04:30
11. Shining Scar 04:39

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