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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the collective from the Congolese city of Kinshasa was produced by Débruit.
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  • Record Label: PIAS
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, International, Central African, Congolese
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  1. Jul 9, 2019
    90
    While the group's tone reflects the hardships of life in politically suppressed Kinshasa, KOKOKO!'s songs extend beyond mere protest music, bearing an aura of mystery and a celebratory sense of their own spontaneous creation. In an era of musical abundance and sonic homogeneity, it's increasingly uncommon to hear music this fresh and original.
  2. Jul 9, 2019
    90
    This is DIY revolution groove and as such, is an inspiration to those who wish to express outside the norms.
  3. Jul 9, 2019
    80
    Endlessly creative and euphoric, the MacGyvers of music have created a record that’s not only politically charged, but brimming with the joys of life and creativity.
  4. Mojo
    Jul 23, 2019
    80
    KoKoKo! wield improvised technology with the deftness of touch to create the kind of pop music you'd expect to hear in the best post-punk disco in heaven. [Sep 2019, p.94]
  5. Q Magazine
    Jul 9, 2019
    80
    Kokoko! are far more ramshackle affair than Mbongwana's dub-drenched African Funk, with "instruments" all but salvaged from junkyards. The effect is deliriously infectious--Gruff, chanted vocals, wandering basslines and often woozy FX that can render the whole disorientating and dreamlike. [Aug 2019, p.112]
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