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Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Coomasi EP

Third limited edition vinyl EP by the world-psych-funk ensemble; original artwork by Kevin Lyons, screen-printed by Anti Designs.

For all intents and purposes, Karl Hector might as well be another nom-de-plume of Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers) who, along with Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founded Karl Hector & The Malcouns in the early 2000s. Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija crafted nearly twenty tracks for their debut, Sahara Swing, an album that swung with influences from across the African diaspora.

The trio has since released two vinyl-only EPs – Tamanrasset was the first; Ngunga Yeti Fofa was the second. Coomassi will be the last, and is the opening volley of their Unstraight Ahead album. These seven songs demonstrate The Malcouns’ deft handling of musics from Eastern and Northern Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk, as evidenced by “Irtijal,” which you can download below – something that wouldn’t sound out of place in Morocco or Turkey, Ethiopia or Azerbaijan.

01. Omebele Reprise
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
2:19
02. The Cave
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
3:09
03. Beyond Squares
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
2:07
04. Chess Break
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
2:34
05. Coomassi
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
2:58
06. Irtijal
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
4:06
07. Medium Rare Pt .1
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
3:24