The Hard Fist imprint comes back harder than ever with a fourth 12-inch EP, a global beat inspired work mixed with cosmic synths and acid lines. The two minds of the label, Tushen Raï & Cornelius Doctor joined their forces to release the striking ‘Lights of Khonvoum’.
Back to the roots of their African influences, they produced 4 tracks inspired by primitive ritual music from the Cradle of Mankind. Many mythological references are hidden in the project and most of its samples are borrowed such as traditional Pygmie music from Central Africa and Congo. As a matter of fact, Khonvoum is a Pygmy god who created mankind with clay: black clay for back people, white clay for their white brothers and red one for the Pygmies.
Focusing on polyphonic chants and polyrhythmic artisanal percussions, the EP celebrates the trance state of dancers during birth ceremonies, weddings or funerals. Cornelius Doctor and Tushen Raï try to keep the power of mystic and religious music in a modern way. They introduce heavy beats and dark cosmic synth waves for an allegoric club interpretation of ancestral sounds. To go deeper in the spiritual experience, the two wizards are joined by their favorite producers: Bawrut (who released ‘Drums of Passion’, the 2nd Hard Fist EP) and Pletnev from the happening Vilnius scene.
The soul of the EP may be hidden in La Tribou, probably the most surprising and singular track. A dark heavy beat keeps you dancing while flooding you in a wave of tribal percussions, human panting, crying, having an orgasm and shouting. Bawrut remix is a hardest club version with more frontal and unstructured bassline reminding his typical snare’s call. The intensity of the track is broken half-way by a flute’s melody, making this music even more unpredictable.
Release Date – 05/10/18
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