Nguzunguzu – Hippos In Tanks to release ‘Warm Pulse’ EP on 3rd July
Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda are the LA duo who make up Nguzunguzu. Pronounced en-goo-zoo-en-goo-zoo, their name rolls off the tongue as satisfyingly as their 3am sound vibrates through the body.
Following last year’s ‘Timesup’ EP on Kingdom’s Fade To Mind label, ‘Warm Pulse’ marks the duo’s debut outing on Hippos In Tanks. The unlikely holy trinity of Philip Glass, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and The X-Files watch over the EP, resulting in a deadly combination of grace, warmth and paranoia.
A pyromaniacal tension stalks its five tracks, threading together the uneasy themes swimming beneath its many shiny, fractured surfaces: violent attacks, overdoses, smoke-filled rooms and out-of-body experiences.
Title track Warm Pulse opens the EP, the calm before the storm or, rather, a choral summoning of the storm: the prayer for the chaos that follows. Paranoia, exaggerated to Manga-like proportions at times, creeps throughout to hit full-on menace mode on Smoke Alarm. As the final chimes of come-down closer No Longer echo in the memory, one thought remains: ‘Warm Pulse’ is the sound of Nguzunguzu reaching for the kill.
Track – Listing :
1. Warm Pulse
3. Smoke Alarm
4. Drop Cage
5. No Longer