UNCUT - - New Albums - NIGeL WIL­LIaMsON

Kin Sonic GLITTERBEAT 8/10 ex­pan­sive second al­bum from street­wise Con­golese rock­ers Jean-Pierre Bokondji – aka Jupiter – was ap­proach­ing 50 when he re­leased his spec­tac­u­lar de­but HÔ­tel Univers in 2013. Rave re­views af­forded the self-styled ‘rebel gen­eral’ of Con­golese mu­sic the op­por­tu­nity to tour the world, with the re­sult that Kin Sonic is a far more ex­pan­sively in­ter­na­tional af­fair. The tough-edged, ur­ban beats of Kin­shasa still drive songs such as “Be­nanga” and “Ofakom­bolo”, but Da­mon Al­barn con­trib­utes de­ranged key­boards, Bad Seed War­ren El­lis’ vi­o­lin swoops and soars dra­mat­i­cally on “Pondjo Pondjo”, and the pro­duc­tion by Mar­cAn­toine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam/ Songhoy Blues) adds a high-oc­tane sheen with an ap­peal far be­yond the world mu­sic stock­ade.

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