Kinshasa One Two

DRC Music

Kinshasa One Two

Damon Albarn put together this experimental producer collective to stage a five day open studio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and these are the results

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Warp
UK Release date
07/11/2011
US Release date
08/11/2011
  1. 8.0 |   State

    As you listen to the range of native vocals guesting you feel yourself being led deeper and deeper into the jungle of African rhythms and sounds with the occasional Albarn pop-driven input
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    You finish the record hungry for more of these febrile, insistent Kinshasa sounds
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    A genuinely collective-sounding experience. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Feels like Gorillaz Go To Africa
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  5. 7.0 |   AU Review

    The kind of collaboration that will have Warp enthusiasts wetting themselves with glee thanks to its variety, culture-mashing and ambition
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  6. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    As a showcase for the diversity of sounds coming out of the Congo it’s great
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  7. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    The raw power of the music from the region, which is presumably what attracted Albarn and his group to make this record, often feels curiously lacking in this context
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  8. 6.0 |   The Independent

    As entertainingly varied as the participants
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  9. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Although the Gorillaz man's imprint is all over opener Hallo, he then takes a back seat. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Impressive enough, though never totally successful in effecting seamless rapprochement between cultures. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    This collaborative venture retains an appealing sense of risk, uncertainty and adventure and a good deal of spontaneous interaction that transcends any communication barriers
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  12. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Not everything gels quite as well or convincingly as the beguiling Hallo and the perfectly cooked Customs , but the experimental spirit and soaring enthusiasm compensates for occasional misfires
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  13. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The music can get fairly homogeneous at times, sounding as if tracks pour into each other without cultivating their own unique presence
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  14. 6.0 |   BBC

    An intriguing mixture of the ancient and contemporary, with every track different
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  15. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The project's brevity certainly explains the lack of coherence over the 14 tracks, although that's not to say there aren't some thrilling individual moments
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