Nkisi is the alias of Melika Ngombe Kolongo, a Congolese-born and Belgium-raised artist you might know for co-founding Non Worldwide, a multimedia project aiming to empower artists from Africa and the African diaspora by using sound as their primary media.
With a number of highly rated singles and EPs already to her name, her production and DJ experiments come charged by the darkest shades of the club, tracing pieces of African club, gabber, doomcore and techno to form a particularly fierce and hyper-active style of dance music.
Having recently been picked up by fellow sonic explorer Lee Gamble to release a much-anticipated debut album on his UIQ imprint, 7 Directions sees Nkisi draw from the African cosmology of the Bantu-Kongo, in particular the works of Kongo scholar Dr Kimbwandende Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau. Made up of 7 hyper-focused hyper-modern compositions that equally mutate the mangled polyrhythms of congolese percussion music, it’s arguably her boldest record to date.
In anticipation of the record’s release of early next year, Nkisi hits us with some of her favourite musical obsessions and moods, see all of her hypnotising picks below…
1. PSX Final Doom music – Paradox
I really love video game OSTs, Final Doom in particular. I love the ambience… I guess it’s kind of what I look for when exploring sonic moods.
2. C-Tank – Illegal Consume (Nightmares are reality Part II)
This is such a classic, also works really well in a set. It kind of lures you into the ritual.
3. Critical Mass – Severe trauma
Thunderdome II is one of my favourites off the Thunderdome compilation series and I play a lot of tracks out from this one… High energy!
4. Autechre – Piob mix 2
I don’t know why but this track literally transports me into such a calm space. When I hear this I know we will all be fine…
5. SpaceGhostPurrp – Diamonds x Chrystals (Instrumental)
I’ve loved SpaceGhost’ music since he was in Raider Klan. This is such a genius track, perfect bass, melody and rhythm…
6. Miss Djax – Cold War
I’ve been enjoying this track from Acid Queen Miss Djax lately, a very hypnotic rhythm.
7. Pépé Kallé – Cé chalè carnaval
This guitar riff transports you into a wormhole. Pepe Kale was such an iconic rumba artist!
8. Dj Rush – I Believe
Empower track from Dj Rush, I love the energy of the Schranz .
9. Fallen Angel – As The Light Fails
I first heard this doomcore track in Manu Le Malin’s Biomechanik II compilation Mix. I am really into this dark emotional mood.
10. Stockhousen – Underground garden
This track has a beautiful energy, Stockhousen ( Liza ‘N’ Eliaz and Pieter Kuyl) on early Bonzai records!
7 Directions is out January 18 on UIQ.
Preorder it here.