Sounds of the Universe, the West London Record shop owned by Soul Jazz Records, is starting its own offshoot label of the same name with a gritty underground house workout. ‘Shikaakwa’ comes courtesy of none other that Jamal Moss, aka Hieroglyphic Being. Moss, who is the mystical figure behind Chicago based record label Mathematics Recordings, has been involved in electronic music for the past two decades and is something of a veteran in the shadier and more experimental corners of Chicago. ‘Shikaakwa’, which is the Native American Indian name for Chicago, is a multi tentacled beast, deep and raw with crunchy hissing drums and a queasy low end, it’s hypnotic and melancholic and comes laden with a liberal dusting of mysticism. Look out for it when it is released at the end of January.
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