Skip to product information
1 of 1

Holy Tongue / Beatrice Dillon / Lamin Fofana / LABOUR

Holy Tongue / Beatrice Dillon / Lamin Fofana / LABOUR

Holy Tongue / Beatrice Dillon / Lamin Fofana / LABOUR

Label: Honest Jon's Records
Cat No: HJP097

Media condition: NEW
Sleeve condition: NEW
Regular price $27.00
Regular price Sale price $27.00
Sale Sold out
Tax included.

Holy Tongue / Beatrice Dillon / Lamin Fofana / LABOUR

"Four dazzling, extended engagements with mbalax master-drumming.

The contribution from Holy Tongue is chase-the-devil steppers — thumping, clangorous, reverberating — super-charged with energy and atmosphere. From the off, drummer Valentina Magaletti detonates a hard rain of small bombs, rounds of fire, ticking fuses. Musical co-ordinates are somewhere between classic On-U Sound crew like African Head Charge, The Mothmen, and Creation Rebel, and the experimental funk of the Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, at their funkiest. Thrillingly, the two dubs are increasingly deranged.

Adjusting the same wavelengths as her superb Workaround LP, Beatrice Dillon plays spaced-out, abstract synth-work against the bodily physicality of the ancient, shifting mbalax rhythms. The music is poised, mindful, tentative; but also limber, fleet, and magical.

Phantasmagorical and efflorescent, Lamin Fofana’s one-two is simply stunning. Both excursions are wide-open, beautiful, epic, and propulsive — the first mix is banging and headlong, the second more syncopated and serpentine — teeming with freshly sublime, funkdafied updates on Jon Hassell’s Fourth World possible musics.

The two parts of LABOUR’s Etu Keur Gui engage the same sequence of drum patterns (called bakks) from different perspectives. The duo performed portions of this piece at the opening ceremony of the Dakar Biennial in 2022, at the Grand National Theater, with thirty sabar players from the family of Doudou Ndiaye Rose. This Wolof phrase for the inside-yard of a home — a meeting-place, an architectural breather — doubles here as a metaphor for inner space on a metaphysical level; and Pan Sonic, Muslimgauze, Zoviet France, early Shackleton… all ghost across the threshold." - HJ

Tracklisting:

A1. Holy Tongue – Dey Sey 3:36
A2. Holy Tongue – Dey Sey Dub 3:05
A3. Holy Tongue – Dey Sey Dub II 3:35
B1. Beatrice Dillon – 2020 6:17
C1. Lamin Fofana – Niary Ngorong (Caprices Mix) 6:01
C2. Lamin Fofana – Niary Ngorong (Itinerant Mix) 7:51
D1. Labour– Etu Keur Gui Part 1 10:29
D3. Labour– Etu Keur Gui Part 2 5:11

View full details