Review: The third release on Manchester's Banana Hill label comes from Kawuku Sound, the product of a bold cross cultural collaboration between British producers Contours and Cervo and Ugandan percussion troupe Fonkodelis Arkestra. In a sign of the ever-dissolving cultural boundaries of the world, the end result of the recording sessions in Uganda is fluid and engaging as subtle synth strokes merge with a plethora of hypnotising, energising rhythms. At times the beats take centre stage, as on "Lost In Sound," and elsewhere they sit in harmony with the electronic atmospherics Countours and Cervo conjure up.
Review: Following a journey of releases via Morocco, Uganda and Kenya, Banana Hill look close to home for their fifth release and present an accomplished debut from Manchester-based producer Clay. Sounds of the city run through this record, from the ethereal synths, scattered percussion and driving low end of 'Up There' to the broken beat swing of 'People Floating' and the title track 'Shapes' that sounds like it was crafted for a specific moment at 5am in a Salford club.
A2 (feat Loa Myst & Nu Fvnk - El Buho remix) (6:53)
A1 (Sooma remix) (7:32)
Review: The Banana Hill crew continue in their quest to represent some of the finest sounds transmitting from the African continent, this time showcasing the immersive ruminations of Kenya's Jinku. "A1" takes a seriously deep trip into stripped back house percussion and atmospheric vocal chants, while "N1" sports a more jagged rhythm section that meanders through emotive suites of sound before the mellower downtempo mood of "N2". On the flip, "A2" features moody vocal turns from Loa Myst and Nu Fvnk that suit the laconic house structure, which El Buho gently nudges into a more crooked remix without losing the heady atmosphere. Sooma then tackles "A1" and ups the bass-led house pressure with a measured touch that respectfully embellishes the original.