« les expériences electro maloya de jako maron » / « The electro Maloya experiments of Jako Maron »
Album 11 tracks (2018) MP3 & K7 tapes, label = Nyege nyege tapes (Ouganda)
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Boomkat Product Review :
Irresistible electro Maloya from the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, plucked out by Uganda’s amazing Nyege Nyege Tapes…
Les Experience electro Maloya is the first ever compilation of Jako Maron’s plugged-in updates of the traditional, politicised form of folk music from Réunion, a tiny island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Like séga, Réunion’s other main musical style, Maloya’s origins can be traced back to African slaves and indentured Indian workers. But unlike séga, Maloya’s stripped down drum ’n bow rhythms and call-and-response vocals, which were originally used as ritual mediations as far back as the 17th C., have become a form of protest music favoured by the island’s creole population in the 1900’s, leading it to be banned during the ‘70s because of its associations with the Communist party.
In 2018, Jako Maron’s electro Maloya instrumentals are perhaps less explicitly politicised, yet they still carry the charge of eons of encrypted ritual thru their geometric designs and inexorable dancefloor traction. In 11 parts, Maron uses modular synthesis and drum machines to mutate and relay Maloya’s meaning for the island modern indigenous population as well as users far beyond the island.
The results are some of the canniest, most infectious recordings we’ve heard from Nyege Nyege Tapes or indeed this region of the world, all generally (but not exclusively) working with slow tempos and a range of humid, piquant, and hypnotic synthlines that lend the sound to strong comparison with everything from Equiknoxx’s mutant dancehall, thru the current Flex sound outta NYC, to the sorta crooked dembow fusions explored by Brian Piñeyro (DJ Python/DJ Wey) and that recent Drew McDowell X Hiro Kone EP, or even the acid modulations of his Belgian namesake, Ro Maron.
Resident advisor review :
On Jako Maron’s The Electro Maloya Experiments, his album for the adventurous Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes, there are almost never more than three loops going at once. You’ll hear syncopated shakers and triplet rhythms that aren’t common in techno, but otherwise you might not realize he’s reinterpreting maloya rhythms from his home island of Réunion, off the coast of Madagascar. Some of these dark, inscrutable synth sketches could even be mistaken for Demdike Stare or Ron Morelli working in minimalist mode. That’s what makes this fusion so intriguing: rather than emphasizing the novelty of this folkloric-electronic pairing, Maron opts for a subtler, deeper kind of hybrid.
Loose Lips review :
To mediate between the living and the dead with electronic music? To pay tribute to ancestors with the most modern technology available? Some might choose to ostracise Jako Maron for this choice – I prefer to commend him. The result is a hypnotic, distinct form of what would resemble minimal house to some. Rumbling through the floor are somber notes of chest-rumbling bass synths, dotted by rhythmic kicks reminiscent of heartbeats. The droning tones lurking beyond the veil of lows is a dissonant high resonance, tying together an outright cerebral sound.
The swinging beats and particular use of accompanying percussion stay true to the origin of the music, while maintaining a purely instrumental take on the genre. Though we cannot be sure these Maloya songs are specifically protest songs, they definitely hold the energy of them, given the organic feeling of the modular synthesis and dark, almost trudging cadences. This release comes highly recommended to those who enjoy punchy, thumping techno, electro, or some of the dancier industrial.
Songs like « Batbaté Maloya, « Maloya Valsé chok 1″, and « Katangaz » will fill your ears ’til they’re as full as your stomach, consider the chunky bass your steak dinner. « Malabanndélé » and « Fanali dann bwa » are the soup and salad to aid your appetite, being much lighter. Consider everything beyond that to be dessert – your hunger won’t be able to be sated, and it’ll be sweet from here on out. Morphing modular plucks and squelches plumped up with reverb and cooked with a marinade that tastes of braindance.
If you plan to delve into the world of The electro Maloya experiments of Jako Maron, be sure to pack everything you need – it’s quite a trip. Send us a postcard while you’re there!