Reviewed by Boomkat (Boomkat)
Just as the recent Bong-Ra vs. Venetian Snares 12" confounded all expectations by presenting a vision of calm and decayed grandeur, this brand new LP from The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble (again on Planet Mu) visits similarly unexpected territories. As a Jason Kohnen (aka Bong-Ra) and Gideo Kiers project, the break has been firmly packed away in it's core for this self-titled debut - with all the pieces on show here a breed of cinematic instrumentals that flirts sporadically with electronica, but would have been just as happy sans digitalis. Opening with 'The Nothing Changes', The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble start on a menacing note - taking some blunted ambient jazz and layering atop a broiling undercoat of thrumming drones that will have the neck hair's stood to attention. From here, we're straight into the glitchy electronics of 'Pearls For Swine' which (through a mid-song sonic storm) sounds not unlike a slab of silicon-pepped post rock - a trick they repeat on the didactic thrum of 'Lobby'. Elsewhere, the likes of 'Parallel Corners' and 'Vegas' belies the Ensemble's genesis as a silent movie soundtracking project, whilst 'March Of The Swine' and 'Rivers Of Congo' deliver a brusque shot of grubby jazz. Climb on!
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify