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Nyege Nyege Tapes

DUKE - Uingizaji Hewa

"Nyege Nyege Tapes deliver another volley of breathless Singeli from Tanzania, this time the vinyl debut of Duke showcasing the sound of Pamoja Records, following multiple zingers from the scene's core Sisso Studios. Yet again making practically everything else seem pedestrian and tepid by contrast, Duke's take on Dar Es Salaam's Singeli style is ruthlessly fast and rugged, crammed with colorful samples and, quite crucially, loaded with a pair of blistering vocal tracks starring MCZO & Don Tach, and Dogo Lizzi, respectively. In Uingizaji Hewa the tempos thrillingly tilt over the 200bpm mark, but they're held in check with a clutch of slower instrumentals written in Duke's newer hip hop Singeli style. When he goes fast, dancers will know about it in the likes of "Naona Laaah" featuring machine gun rapid rhythms somehow matched for pace by MCZO & Don Tach, and again in the pedal-to-the-metal recklessness of "M Lap" starring Dogo Lizzi switching up from dancehall bark to fasssst-chat styles that put Daddy Freddy to bed. But those hi-NRG bombs are only half the story. The rest of the LP shows off Duke's wicked way with a hook and the diversity of his drum programming in highlights ranging from the PC Music-compatible bounce of "Sing4444444", to the cascading chromatic licks and slow/fast suss of "Duke 4", the joyful dervish of "Duke Bit Puyo", and two dizzying pieces with spiraling, Bollywood-style vocal samples that close the record with a blinding flourish. RIYL: Sounds of Sisso (NNT 005LP), PC Music, Shangaan Electro. Master and cut by Matt Colton. White vinyl; edition of 300." - Nyege Nyege Tapes.
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