Nazar’s debut album, Guerrilla, is something of a musical memoir. Released by the experimental label Hyperdub (home of Burial, Laurel Halo, and more), Guerrilla explores a sound that Nazar dubs ‘rough kudoro’, an abrasive take on the dance music of his country, Angola. After being raised in Belgium, Nazar returned to Angola after the country’s long-running civil war ended in 2002, where he started making music to reconnect to his heritage. Guerrilla sounds ravaged by war in its coarse textures, tactical-reload percussion, and Stinger missile bass tones. He weaves his own family’s history into the music, with his father – a general in Unita, the US-backed rebel group in the conflict – reading from his published wartime memoir on the album.
Elsewhere this week, Jay Electronica drops his long-awaited (like, really long-awaited) debut album A Written Testimony, Four Tet returns with his tenth studio album Sixteen Oceans, and Discwoman’s UMFANG launches her own label, Thanks For Enlightening Me, with her new album RIVEN. Take a listen below.