Fresh out the Mojave Desert, Warp Record's resident guru Gonjasufi is making a rare live appearance in London this Saturday. It's been over twelve months since he topped the bill with a full band at XOYO. Now the grizzled rapper, DJ and yoga teacher is back with a pungent baggie of dark new tunes from his latest mini-album, 'MU.ZZ.LE'.
After flickering into view with a showing on Flying Lotus’ 'Lost Angeles' record, Gonjasufi first started garnering serious attention after his 2010 debut LP, 'A Sufi and a Killer'. It's sprawling, whacked-out blend of glitch-filled hip hop, raw vocals and DMT-drenched psychedelia signalled something exciting. Gonjasufi - who moonlights as a yoga instructor - has followed this 20-track beast with a far tighter production in the form of 'MU.ZZ.LE'. Clocking in at just 25 minutes, it's a darker affair. Vocals are ruthless and distorted, barely cemented by its draggy, off-kilter rhythms - but the release certainly confirmed the West Coast sound remains in good hands.
Sumach Ecks - aka Gonjasufi - will be drawing on this impressive back-catalogue tomorrow night (Sat.) at that bastion of creativity, The Village Underground. Two DJs, live keyboards and electronics are tipped to form the bulk of his fellow miscreant musicians. Expect weird, expect astral. He's had LA’s finest producers behind him but this idiosyncratic vocalist is far more fear and loathing in the Mojave than the Pacific dream, so it should be an experience. The show kicks off round 11pm; in support are Om Unit and Blue Daisy.