02.09.2011, Words by Charlie Jones

DRC Music - Kinshasa One Two [stream]

Hear three tracks from Actress, Kwes and Damon Albarn's album recorded in Congo.

As you may know, Blur’s Damon Albarn spent five days recording in the Congo with a collective of musicians including Actress, Kwes, Richard Russell, TEED and Rodaidh McDonald alongside local Congolese musicians for the project DRC Music. The album, ‘Kinshasa One Two’, will be released through Warp in October, with all profits going to Oxfam. You can now hear some of the results of the recording process in the form of three tracks uploaded to soundcloud. They sound pretty strong, blending the UK electronic and Congolese music palettes well. First track Hallo dresses up lush synth sounds in jerky rhythms with vocals from Albarn and local musicians, Ah Congo is thick and heavy on the bass and apocalyptic atmosphere, while Lingala is a catchily clacking production, again heavy on the bass.

DRC Music – Kinshasa One Two (see ) by DRC Music

Warp will release DRC Music’s ‘Kinshasa One Two’ digitally on the 3rd October, with a CD and vinyl release to follow on the 7th November

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