To mediate between the living and the dead with electronic music? To pay tribute to ancestors with the most modern technology available? Some might choose to ostracise Jako Maron for this choice - I prefer to commend him. The result is a hypnotic, distinct form of what would resemble minimal house to some. Rumbling through the floor are somber notes of chest-rumbling bass synths, dotted by rhythmic kicks reminiscent of heartbeats. The droning tones lurking beyond the veil of lows is a dissonant high resonance, tying together an outright cerebral sound.
The swinging beats and particular use of accompanying percussion stay true to the origin of the music, while maintaining a purely instrumental take on the genre. Though we cannot be sure these Maloya songs are specifically protest songs, they definitely hold the energy of them, given the organic feeling of the modular synthesis and dark, almost trudging cadences. This release comes highly recommended to those who enjoy punchy, thumping techno, electro, or some of the dancier industrial.
Songs like "Batbaté Maloya, "Maloya Valsé chok 1", and "Katangaz" will fill your ears 'til they're as full as your stomach, consider the chunky bass your steak dinner. "Malabanndélé" and "Fanali dann bwa" are the soup and salad to aid your appetite, being much lighter. Consider everything beyond that to be dessert - your hunger won't be able to be sated, and it'll be sweet from here on out. Morphing modular plucks and squelches plumped up with reverb and cooked with a marinade that tastes of braindance.
If you plan to delve into the world of The electro Maloya experiments of Jako Maron, be sure to pack everything you need - it's quite a trip. Send us a postcard while you're there!
Released June 18, 2018