Returning to Nyege Tapes after a year on tour, Biiri sees Nihiloxica descending deeper into the depths of Bugandan techno. On their debut we caught Nihiloxica in a proto-typical, nascent state. These songs on the other hand are road hardened constructions that demonstrate the evolution of the band, and the conversation between two cultures.
By focusing even more on the indigenous; by utilizing the natural impetus of Bugandan rhythms such as the loping, bipolar Baksimba groove, Nihiloxica unleash the full force of this ancient tradition. Recorded live in single takes at Boutiq Studios in Kampala, Uganda between October and December 2018.
Released on the 13th of February 2019.
Nihiloxica was released on Nyege Nyege Tapes on the 30th of November 2017 and printed on 100 limited cassettes. The eponymous debut EP brought indigenous Ugandan drums in tune with dark, forboding techno inspired synth lines in a project designed for mayhem in the live environment.
In a collaboration with Kampala’s Nilotika Cultural Ensemble – a charitable organisation in the city that promotes drumming and tailoring as a means of ‘spiritual upliftment’ for the youth – the UK’s Spooky-J and pq bring the spirit of what dance music means in the sweaty basements of Leeds and inject it into the ancient Bugandan drumming tradition of Uganda.
Nihiloxica is a live project that harnesses the full force of the ancient Bugandan drumming tradition of Uganda and focusses it on the contemporary dancefloor through a dark, brooding lens of techno sensibility. Incubated by Nyege Tapes and serving as one of the label’s most successful collaborations to date, Nihiloxica demonstrates a continuous, evolving conversation between two cultures; a dialogue that is drawing attention from across the globe.