On the isle of Crete, the ancient practice of dipping your bread in different sauces and dips is called “papara”. True to its music-as-sauce philosophy, Brussels-based groove formation M.CHUZI invites you to dip your ear into the sonic sauces that are on offer in its versatile menu.
Released 4th November via Sdban Ultra, the collective’s debut album ‘Papara’ is an inviting mouthful of afro rhythms, funk, and prog jazz, combined with the spacey soundscapes of the Brussels metropole, as they look to Fela Kuti’s afrobeat style for inspiration.
Winner of the prestigious Sound Track contest held at Ancienne Belgique back in December 2019, the octet has gone from strength to strength, including having album track ‘Tzatzìki’ feature on the critically acclaimed various artist’s compilation ‘Lefto presents Jazz Cats volume 2’, released earlier this summer. The track was arguably the highlight of the album and received radio support from leading radio DJs including Gilles Peterson of BBC Radio 6 Music and Worldwide FM fame.
It’s the tasty ‘Tzatzìki’ that launches ‘Papara’, an exotica-spawned, merry bombardment of fizzing percussion and a subsequent brass freakout. Next up is the heavy acid rock of ‘Mammoet’ featuring rising trombonist Nabou, which soon breaks out into a groove-laden mix of Egyptian-inspired horns and Fela-style rhythms, before poetic warrior Joy Slam, adds her vocals to the dub-centric rhythms of the sweet ‘Carbonade’.
Elsewhere, ‘Intermetsauce’ fuses skittish horns with funky drums while the spicy ‘Tahini Miso’ bursts into life with trance-inducing beats and mystical, Middle-Eastern seasoning. The album closes with the multi-rhythms of the burning ‘Sambal’, before we dive-dip into the funky ‘Pickles’, featuring Mixmaster Menno’s (STUFF.) wildstyle scratching skills. With each track named after a band member or featured artists’ favourite sauce, M.CHUZI serves you a diverse and flavourful plate of unique compositions, taking afro-groove and its descendants to a new level of eclectic dynamism.