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1: Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix) feat. Mbene Diatta Seck

2: Yermande (Kick and Bass Instrumental)

3: Yermande (Prophet 5 Mix) feat. Mbene Diatta Seck

4: Yermande (Prophet 5 Rhythm)

Skeletal perfection from Mark Ernestus on the Ndagga imprint, paying homage to hypnotic West African rhythms, with the Ndagga Rhythm Force at their finest –

It’s always a pleasure to hear new material from this project, which finds the Basic Channel / Hard Wax boss Mark Ernestus in Senegal, combining skill and trade with the amazing, Jeri-Jeri and Mbene Diatta Seck for example, and now Ndagga Rhythm Force – ‘Yermande’ is a masterful track, sprawled out across a few versions, in dub tradition.

This record may well be the most ‘dubwise’ to date… The flurry of polyrhythms and fast-plucked bassline move in such a swift and accomplished manner, it’s almost as if each hit stretches into it’s own, elongated spectrum, hypnotisingly floating across the ever present kickdrum that seemingly brings everything back to ground level with each thunderous hit.

Although fast-paced, there is something very serene about these tracks… Wether that’s due to the impeccable sonic placement of each component, or due to the subtle reverbs and stereo delays that create such an endless space for the rhythm to unfold in.

Across the discs, we find four lengthy cuts, each one moves in similar fashion, slightly differing dub versions, vocal appearance and instrumentation.
From the effortless vocal cuts, to the raw drum cuts, to the razor sharp dub versions featuring the tactfully placed ‘Prophecy 5’ synth chords, reminding heavily of certain basic channel reductions, this is top stuff treading a fine line between traditional african music and sonic art.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll find yourself placing the needle back to the start again and again… It’s a real treat to the ears and soul.

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