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Harmonious Thelonious

Company

Highlife

Released: 14th August 2020

12"£9.99Out of Stock


Hailing from Dusseldorf, Harmonious Thelonious's soundworld here is a pure shot of joy, it's a piece of happiness that feels like its eternal, equal parts Steve Reich minimalism and Ghanian Highlife melodies. Relying heavily on a producer's ear to sculpt polyrhymthic dancemusic that sounds bright and fizzy but with a deep, floor-shaking low end to rattle the woofers. The opening track Verstecke Muzeik is jaw-dropping, a cycical, crunchy FM synth pattern that loops back in on itself providing waves of ecstasy, there's a slight tinge of Congolese masters Konono No.1's fusion of distortion and thumb piano in the tonality, though here the ebb and flow of the percussion guide the listener into higher and higher states of ecstasy. On the track George Villa there's a guitar lick which references the titular genre of the E.P., with what sounds like another stringed instrument adding texture. Company recalls some of the inner world explorations of later Can material, and it's just so bright and optimistic it feels like summer. Ocen James features on the track It Never Rains in Jinja, a piece that encapsulates the fusion of electronic sample-based music and more traditional melodies. Love this.