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QNLP003
ARTIST
Maajo
TITLE
Kuru Kuru
LABEL
Queen Nanny
CATALOGUE
QNLP003
FORMAT
Digital
RELEASE DATE
    TERRITORY
    Worldwide
    BARCODE
    5060731227096
    GENRE
    ALL ARTISTS
    DESCRIPTION

    The Finnish electropical ensemble Maajo is releasing their second full-length album "Kuru Kuru" on Queen Nanny records on March 2020. Three years after their sought-after debut, Maajo's African and Balearic influences now include more of the mysticism of Northern nature. The record resonates with a desire to connect across borders, and aspire to marvel at life on planet Earth. Live percussion, traditional balafons and kalimbas rattle and clang on top of drum machines and lively basslines. African High-life guitars dialogue with cheap vintage synths, electric pianos, birdsong, homemade flutes as well as the masterly vocalists: Senegalese Ismaila Sané, Zambian Waina and Beninese Akim Color.

    The album begins upbeat with the drumming song Soma, followed by Esukey, a slice of Afro-pop cassette nostalgia with maestro Ismaila Sané on the vocals. A Song For Spring steers into mid-tempo funk, while Meje Ibo is a Turkish style 7-beat with West-African guitars and minimalist choir. The sparkly Ghana-inspired beach dancer Nkoranza and the acidy kalimba disco of Aamuapoltan head straight for the dancefloor, the midpoint of the journey.

    Ismaila Sané's bonfire chant on Ito Urok leads the second half of the album on a nocturnal adventure. The hypnotic African mallets continue their work on the mysterious Jacana. Gbêmen Nayon is a ride down a flowing stream, while Akim Color sings a dirge. The percussive shamanistic hum-along trance of Yara Mantra points the way to the Waina-lead conscious dance anthem Lost Road.
    Tracklisting
    Soma
    Esukey feat Ismaila Sané
    A Song For Spring
    Meje Ibo
    Nkoranza
    Aamuapoltan
    Ito Urok feat. Ismaila Sané
    Jacana
    Gbêmen Nayon feat. Akim Color
    Yara Mantra
    Lost Road feat. Waina

    DJ PROMO / PRESS

    RADIO - WATCHING PLAYLISTS
    - Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music)
    - Laurent Garnier (Worldwide FM) "will play"
    - Thristian (Worldwide FM)
    - Auntie Flo (Worldwide FM)
    - Pathaan (BBC Worldwide)
    - Fold (NTS)
    - Tash LC (Worldwide FM)
    - Cambrian Line (Noods Radio)
    - Marcus Holder (Kiss FM/ AU)
    - Esplendor (KLFM/ Croatia)
    - Boogie Mafia (Polskie Radio 4)
    - Nikko De Gallo (WKDU/ Philadelphia)
    - Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica)
    - Makossa (Radio FM4/ Vienna)
    - Jaye Ward (Netil Radio)
    - Capeface (Soho Radio)
    - Alex Ruder (KEXP/ Seattle)
    - Carlo Maffini (Radio Coop/ IT)
    - Joscha (Dublab/ LA)

    DJs
    Red Rack'em, Roska, Justin Robertson, Phil Cooper, Melon, Kid Enigma, Roland Appel, Eric Duncan, EMA, Hot Toddy (Crazy P), Rob Da Bank, Kristian (Amé), Harris, Charles Webster, Quinton Scott (Strut) + more to follow

    Published: March 19, 2020