On May 17 Crammed Discs will release Assume Crash Position, the new album from Konono No.1, and the fourth volume in its Congotronics series.

Recorded in the Congolese street-band’s Kinshasa home with producer Vincent Kenis, it’s the follow-up to the group’s widely acclaimed 2005 debut, and finds them augmenting their legendarily intense, hypnotic grooves – wrought out of thumb-pianos and found percussion – with electric guitars and bass played by neighbourhood musicians. Various vocalists are involved, plus guitarist Manuaku Pepe Felly (Zaïko Langa Langa) and members of fellow Congotronics group Kasai Allstars.

According to a press release, the band’s sound remains anchored in traditional bazombo trance music, but is apparently now “deeper, more layered and ethereal, without losing any of that signature raw power and driving energy”.

Konono No.1 will be playing the following live dates in May:

Saturday 8 May – ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES (curated by Matt Groening)
Tuesday 11 May w/ OMAR SOULEYMAN, Metropolis, Bristol
Thursday 13 May – FUTURE EVERYTHING, Manchester

Thin Legs
Mama Na Bana
Fula Fula
Konono Wa Wa Wa
Nakobala Lisusu Te



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