The Mauskovic Dance Band / Soundway

The Mauskovic Dance Band hail from Amsterdam but are in love with Columbia’s Caribbean coast. Their debut LP, on Soundway, documents the five-piece`s take on the region’s music – Champeta – and the vintage Soukous and Highlife vinyl pumped out by Barranquilla`s day-glo carnival soundsystems. The group are led by Nik Mauskovic, and, in a Ramones-like gesture, two further band-members, Marnix and Mano, have adopted his surname. The ranks completed by Chocolate Space Donnie, and Juan Hundred. Fittingly there’s a Punk edge to the proceedings. Meaning in places the album sounds like James White`s Contortions at NYC`s Mudd Club, with Fela Kuti on keys. Their Afro-Disco update placing them alongside Rogue Cat`s Central Executives in this obsessive`s mind. Other “contemporaries” might be Earthboogie, label-mates Family Atlantica, Ibibio Sound Machine, and “heat-beaters” No Zu. Their melting pot of World Music mores and Rock invoking the Indie-Pop sides of Django Django, and the eccentric vibes of Jesse Hackett. All of the tracks are driven by Mano Mauskovic`s bass. His line on Late Night People being a live ringer for River Ocean`s Yemaya Y Ochu. All are accompanied by an organic, percussive, South American, flow of cowbell, guiro, and timbale. Racing Griot rhythms and Cubano rumbas. Where group harmonies are Arkestra-esque, and solo vocals recall the Tom Tom Club. Dance Palace Garage sounds like The Lidjau Sisters remixed by Larry Levan. Jungle shouts and nursery rhyme jiving to hand-clapping machines, and synths pushed through every noise they possess. Some of them near-Acidic. Percussione & Spazio Sounds is a drum circle short of tribal electronics. Like Kay Suzuki`s Afrobuddah swapping DMT for whizz. The closing, It`s The Wrong Goodie, is a Kikuyu groove for cuica and siren. 

You can order a copy of The Mauskovic Dance Band`s debut long-player over at the Soundway website. 

Reference Links

James White

Fela Kuti

Central Executives

Family Atlantica

Ibibio Sound Machine


No Zu

Django Django

Jesse Hackett

River Ocean


Tom Tom Club

Lidjau Sisters

Larry Levan


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