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ELVIN BRANDHI & LORD SPIKEHEART ‘Drunk In Love’

Sep 21, 2023 | Beats, Reviews

An unsettling, bold, body pulsing, knock out blow of an album

What else can be said about Hakuna Kulala, the Ugandan record label? The imprint’s strapline to release ‘’club explorations from the East African and Congolese Electronic Underground and beyond’’ can seem a little thin when considering their roster. Previously, we’ve likened it to a revolution in club culture.

Elvin Brandhi hails from Bridgend and Lord Spikeheart from Nairobi, and have been honing their restless musical persona for a number of years. In keeping with the label’s aesthetic, Drunk In Love has an element of ‘the shock of the new’ epitomised by Brandhi’s own album artwork.

With a wealth of solo and collaborative projects behind them, the diversity of material here is no surprise. If your vibe is darkened industrial nightclub, or Nairobi metal fest, dive in. Or you may prefer the ambiance of 666.6668 ft. futuristic beat producer & DJ, Makossiri. What runs counterpoint to others here is the duo’s vocal interplay: if you know of Spikeheart’s eruptive contributions to Duma, or Brandhi’s twisted expressions on Ziúr’s recent Eyeroll album, you can begin to imagine their potential when working in unison. An unsettling, bold, body pulsing, knock out blow of an album.

Slikback has previously spoken of the difficulties of international travel, and the resulting restrictions to performance. And, we were gutted when MC Yallah cancelled a run of UK dates due to visa issues this summer. Still, nothing can stand in the way of these meteoric artists and Hakuna Kulala.

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