Born in the burnt mountains of Portugal, between Paradise and the Gates of Hell, FUJAKO emerged from the minds of its creators, two devilish producers. The first, an insane mind in a sane body, raised in Portugal goes by the name of HHY Scumclash. The second, a sane mind in an insane body, raised in France, goes by the name Ripit.
They joined forces to create an urban music based on mostly acoustic instruments, in a hostile, yet natural, environment; A landslide of voodoo Dub evoking phantoms and bass cultist conjurations.
Jonathan Uliel Saldanha or HHY is one of the individual entities lurking in the engine room of the Porto-based SOOPA collective and the transnational MÈcanosphËre.
A multi-specter instrumentalist and producer, Jonathan is a part of numerous bands (such as F.R.I.C.S., United Scum Soundclash, Mental Liberation Ensemble), working also on various psychedelic improvisational /trashjazz projects.
HHY Scumclash brings together, the multiple aspects of his sonic and
al-khimia obsessions, which can be found, in one form or another, in all
of the collective projects he takes part in. He has collaborated with
musicians from a wide lexicon of sonic context including Raz Mesinai,
Mark Stewart, Damo Suzuki among many others.
Track Listing:1- Sulphur Goat
2- Queda de Regoufe
4- Ahjar Phantom
7- Stone Fire
8- Mal'ak version by Tzii
All instruments, recordings, drums & manipulations by :
Nyko Esterle a.k.a. Ripit & Jonathan Uliel Saldanha a.k.a. HHY Scumclash.
With vocals by:Sensational (1)
Native (3 & 6)
Nadeem Shafi/Scalper (7)
Additional turntablism by DJ Urine (3)
N.Esterle and J.U.Saldanha, except (7) by Kamil Kruta.
Mastered at angstrom-mastering.com, Brussels, Belgium by
Review from HHC DIGITAL hiphop webzine:
it may be approaching the summer season but this dub and echo saturated outing sounds like its two producer protagonists haven’t seen even a fleeting shard of sunlight in years. Warped and twisted beats threaten to mutilate your speakers, distorted and fractured vocals flit in and out of the mix (including a cameo from one-time Fun-Da-Mental man Scalper), and just for misanthropic kicks the whole shebang’s coated in an extra layer of grime and grit a la RZA’s experimental chamber on ‘Sub Crazy9. Challenging, intriguing, and guaranteed to scare the pants off small children.
- Tom Nook
From Connexion Bizarre:
Fujako is the angst-ridden offspring of two producers - one Portuguese,
one French - digging a vein of experimental hip hop laden with primal
urges and savage beats. The collaboration's first opus, "Landform"
(released digitally), heaps tailings high as mountains, a suitable backdrop
to the refined, yet gritty, illbient ore these two have squeezed from
the bowels of the earth. "Landform" is weighted with bass forged
by sweat and stone, bolstered with acoustic instruments fired in devilish
furnaces and articulated by voices raw from the fumes. To enter the rumbling
soundscapes enclosed within this album is to journey to the desolate ends
of uncharted territories, to test madness with incessant tapping and blaring
foghorns, perhaps to return and perhaps not.
-- Dutton Hauhart [8/10]