Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda form Nguzunguzu, the LA-based duo who’ve helped changed the way we look at dance music. They’ve returned to give us another beautifully produced EP, seasoned with distant drums, smoke alarms, police sirens, space-like choirs, snappy percussion and an obvious melodic allusion to the X-files theme. Undoubtedly, the five tracks on Warm Pulse tell an engaging story from beginning to end.
There are lots of drifting synths and beautiful, spaced out, vocal manipulations which, combined with the tuned bass drums, up-tempo hihats, whip-like hits and almost juke-styled snare patterns (as on ‘Delirium’), make the music strangely danceable in that inimitable style only Nguzunguzu seem to be able to weave so expertly. Compared to their last EP Timesup (released on Kingdom‘s Fade To Mind label) their sound has become even more crisp, the percussion sharper, the sounds more layered and the material more thematically developed. It looks like there are no limits to the artistic intensity of this duo. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Warm Pulse drops tomorrow via Hippos In Tanks.
1. Warm Pulse
3. Smoke Alarm
4. Drop Cage
5. No Longer