Wednesday 31, May, 2017
Maajo on suomalaisessa musiikkikentässä täysin ainutlaatuinen tapaus. Tamperelaisyhtyeen baleaariset afrorytmit tuovat auringon hyisen talvipäivänkin keskelle. Englantilainen Queen Nanny Records julkaisi yhtyeen debyyttialbumin Tropic Of Tulli lokakuussa 2016.
Maajo stands for May. The month of excitement and expectation of imminent joy. A time of hope following weeks and months of rain and cold. The time that best encapsulates escapism, those wistful, delightful daydreams. A time when you release yourself from everyday routine and already begin to live in the holiday that hasn’t yet arrived. A place that might not even exist. Let it be a warm, a joyous place, a fuzzy bricolage you witness after passing out while watching a David Attenborough documentary. Outlandish and romantic ideas of distant cultures. Maajo is motion, movement from one place to another. It is moving without travelling, dream and dance.
Maajo is a musical continuation of the similarly titled 12” single by Herman Prime, the producer’s idea expanded to a five member band. The music is the product of a mixed technique where vocal samples and programmed synthesizers coalesce with finger-plucked guitars and handheld percussion. Beneath everything run several strong currents of inspiration: an obsession with balearic disco, deep tribal roots, a love of eighties afro-pop, lessons from minimalist composers and a desire to just dub it up.
Tropic of Tulli is not a direct flight but a meandering journey. Starting beside a flowing river, Kaba sends us on our way with a gentle arrangement of kalimba and a Mandinga poem. Two midtempo groovers, Tum’pi and Makkara, set an expectant mood. Musa Paradisa lands on a tropical island with plentiful percussion and a clatter of mallets. The party starts with the fervent afro-disco number Okudu. There is a strange detour to an urban cityscape with Fode’s meandering bass line and street drummer for company. The path leads to a dark rainforest, both menacing and inviting, following Kofi Obu’s feverish vocal and desertic guitar riff. Darkness is Good is a bout of afro-cosmic exploration. A.O.O. offers a final chance for a sunrise dance before the beautiful balearic theme Maajo closes the album with an intoxicated smile.
The Black Madonna ”Superb” 5/5
Ewan Pearson ”I Love Tum’pi” 4/5
Kenny Dope ”Tropical stuff here, really dope” 5/5
Rahaan ”This is HOT” 5/5
J.Rocc ”Great stuff here” 4/5
FaltyDL ”Really Nice” 4/5
Soul Clap ”Beautiful music, this one is sooo good, i’ve listened further and it’s a rare 5 stars!” 5/5
Ruf Dug ”Wow, this is really good…excited to hear more from this label, gonna buy this fucker!” 5/5
DJ Yoda ”Very nice indeed” 4/5
Jose Padilla ”Excellent work, thanls” 5/5
Danielle Moore (Crazy P) ”This is stunning, really wonderful” 5/5