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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the collective that includes Damon Albarn, Gruff Rhys, and Moonchild Sanelly was recorded in a week with guest appearances from such artist as Ghetts, Mahotella Queens, Mr. Jukes, Phuzekhemisi, Radio 123, and Nick Zinner.
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  1. Q Magazine
    Jul 10, 2019
    80
    The projects most diverse and entertaining recording so far. [Aug 2019, p.109]
  2. Jul 12, 2019
    80
    Given the number and variety of artists appearing on EGOLI it could have been easy for it to feel uneven, but it flows brilliantly and should be hailed as a significant achievement.
  3. Jul 15, 2019
    80
    Egoli is a party album almost end to end, an update on Buraka Som Sistema’s Angolan-Portuguese rave dynamics and more like a Gorillaz record than anything you might normally file under “world music”.
  4. Uncut
    Jul 10, 2019
    70
    18 tracks--and stylistically it's disparate, but that's the point. It's a one-time postcard. An advert for uninhibited experimentation. [Aug 2019, p.25]
  5. Mojo
    Jul 10, 2019
    60
    It's something of a lucky dip, lurching between lean electro jams with a half-finished feel, robust MC skills, Young Fathers-like melds of chants and bleeding synths, and the breathy exhortations of Maskandi guitar legend Phuzekhemisi. [Aug 2019, p.97]
  6. Jul 12, 2019
    60
    It’s rough around the edges, but that’s part of its charm - a testament to the energy and ideas thrown about in such a short space of time, and the vibrancy of collaboration.
  7. Jul 16, 2019
    60
    Across a baggy 18 tracks, Egoli maintains a sense of purpose, but only comes into sharp focus when a particular artist grabs the reins.

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