I’ve been trying to stay away from the NGUZUNGUZU train for years. Their music has been in and around Los Angeles since 2010-ish and very recently have begun popping up in bigger and bigger venues. The homegrown electronic duo were reviewed on Pitchfork today so, like a good hipster, I decided that I had to listen to their new EP Warm Pulse. It’s pretty good and goes in line with lots of other electronic music happening, these woozy, bass heavy concoctions undoubtedly made to be played in the background of drinking and smoking.
The EP is five tracks long, each track landing around the four minute mark. “Warm Pulse” is the opener and sounds like someone left a tape recorder in a room when a coven of robotic witches decided to raise a corpse from the dead. The song circles around this warped vocal framed in resonating wooos and ahhhs. The song almost seamlessly enters into the most danceable (if you can call this “dance”) track of the release, “Delirium.” This song employs quick changing bass and chipmunk vocals, pulling cards from 1990s rap songs and found audio material. It is the strongest track on the release. “Smoke Alarm” sounds like someone got high and decided to re-record the X-Files theme on their computer while “Drop Cage” is a stop-and-go rethinking of the previous song. The release ends with “No Longer,” a brooding percussive track built around an audio sample of a woman singing the words, “No Longer.” The repetition almost makes it sound like the woman is calling for her friend “Yolanda” or even crying for our president.
The EP is available for download on iTunes and available to stream courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy. Check it out and be in the know on NGUZUNGUZUZUZUUGUNGUUGAUZUUUZN2394uSHUGUUG because these LA kids are just going up and up and up.