What’s the word on the streets? Ekiri Kubala.
My word about Nihiloxica is power. They deal with something really primal, before music became Message, when it was just Feeling. They mess with that. The band get in action and each one of them is released from their human habits (of rock n’ roll selves). They become vessels for a musical language from the Old World. The vocal cords of a visceral voice that talks in a borderline chaotic drum melody.
Music as the courage for battle. As the joy of victory. The heroic musical gene that unleashed the “ahhh fuck it, let’s do this” moments throughout human history.
Music before music. Music as the voice of command. You don’t just move by will. It makes you move. Like a reflex response deeply engraved in your code.
The european blend of the band softens the drum voice to ocidental ears with familiar jazz structures and hallucinogenics synths that contain the message “It’s ok to trip. We ARE getting you high with music. With Feeling.”
By the second song it gets hypnotic. Then you let go.
Derde Kamer means Third Room in Dutch. The Dekmantel crew calls the stages at Lente Kabinet like that, - Rooms, which they kind of are, big, smaller, smoked places of musical and light experimentalism.
So I think I could state in a weird international language that the festival’s Kamers were good places to find Ekiri Kubala.
I spent my Saturday in and around the Derde Kramer. It was a big Nyege Tapes dancing reunion with Kampire and I’ve finally met the Sulamerica brothers from Dengue Dengue Dengue. I was in a good mood from the start, beginning with the bike ride through the outskirts of Amsterdam’s fields. It’s over, bicycles will run the world and they deserve it.
I packed the images of the day into one wild minute above and these shots below.
Thank you for the talk. Special shout outs to Elisa the Third Room manager and certified badass, the Dekmantel crew and The Family Albums party heroes.
Mind the hyperlinks, they’re worth it. Follow the social media if you want to know what we are up to. I still have some content to bring from the festival (like a proper The Family Albums dancing video to Kampire’s set).
See you around
video and story ¶ Hugo Inglez
photography ¶ Hugo Inglez, Luca Chiapati
Made in Amsterdam, 2019