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Gonjasufi - MU.ZZ.LE

by Miz DeShannon Rating:7 Release Date:2012-01-23

There's something brilliantly rough-around-the-edges about Sumack Ecks' music, his signature shaky, untrained singing voice mixed with clean electronic mastery makes music that's both mystical and welcoming. He's been in the business a while, making tracks with his Masters of the Universe crew, and his current incarnation as Gonjasufi has seen him rubbing shoulders with big players like Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer for his last album A Sufi and a Killer (2010).

This fourth release sees more abstract trip-hop, mellow vocals and dubby beats. It's only 25 minutes long, a small collection of short tracks filled with statement-making lyrics, some with the same hypnotic drone of a 70s psychedelic rock piece ('White Picket Fence') some decidedly Portishead, complete with crackly female vocals ('Feedin' Birds) and slowed basslines ('Venom').

Made alongside San Diego's Psychopop, the whole album is a total mash-up of sounds, samples and snares, indecipherable yet emotional vocals throughout, with a kind of meditative feeling, a pulsing rhythmic heartbeat. Frequently likened to oddball Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Gonjasufi's weirdness and eccentricity still has a calmness to it - tracks like 'Blaksuit' are so ghostly and plodding they sound like they're being played on half-speed.

With the engaging grizzle of an old rocker, heavy bass and the beauty of clean production all at the same time, MU.ZZ.LE is the kind of album that could pick up fans from any walk of life, there's such a scope of influences, a real world music piece.

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