Saturday, 21 May 2011

Nigel Williamson, Uncut Review : Ethiopiques Goes Global Chapter Two Invisible System's acclaimed debut Punt - Made in Ethiopia was a thrilling conte

Nigel Williamson, Uncut Review : Ethiopiques Goes Global Chapter Two

Invisible System's acclaimed debut Punt - Made in Ethiopia was a thrilling contemporary re-imagination of the Ethiopiques sound, combining authentic African recordings with dub, drum'n'bass and electronic programming to create the sort of album Damon Albarn might make if he pitched up in Addis Ababa. 

Assisted by sympathetic fusionists from Portishead, Little Axe and Ozric Tentacles as well as a cast of African musicians - notably the brilliant voice of Zewditu Tadesse - the follow up is cut from similar cloth but shows even greater ambition, giving us such previously unknown genres as Ethiopian garage ("Zedanmer") and African motorik ("Bone Flaps").