Exciting experimental club from the Nyege Nyege crew.
We've heard combinations of footwork and trap before, but the ways Slikback blends these styles feels fresh. "Sonshitsu" is topsy-turvy with a drunken-swagger, while "Rage" is intense and almost industrial. Where "Gemini" staggers like upside-down reggaeton, "Karum" is an exhilarating slip-and-slide through stuttering drum patterns and a flattened bassline that nods to early grime. "Karum" is loose, but the thrilling "Kyokai" is precise, each snare landing like a boxer's jab. You could study the influences on Tomo and come out with a laundry list of subgenres, but that feels antithetical to the music's blur of drums, synths and samples. Tomo is a strong record that further reinforces East Africa as a hub for creative club music.