Sicilian artist continues to push boundaries on his third full-length, Maps and Territoryâ€™
|JuJu is back with his third album, Maps And Territory, on May 31st and it sees the Sicilian multi-instrumentalist conjure a lysergic hybrid of psych-rock, afrobeat, jazz, Krautrock, new wave and Mediterranean folk. In support of the release, JuJu has shared a suitably-trippy video for lead single â€˜Iâ€™m In Tranceâ€™ - you can check it out below.
Following collabs with Goatâ€™s Capra Informis on JuJuâ€™s last full-length (Our Mother Was A Plant), on â€˜Iâ€™m In Tranceâ€™ we see Gioele collaborate with Goatman who, as well as playing in the prodigious Swedish psych collective of which he (almost) shares a name, also released his own solo album late last year that sounded like a twisted mix of Fela Kuti, Can and WITCH. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, what weâ€™re left with out of this sublime meeting of minds is a gloriously dizzying concoction of African polyrhythms, sharp angular guitars, a warped psychotropic bassline and manipulated echo-laden vocals.
JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjI0MjAlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGZFZIdlFIeGE4cG8lMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvdyUzRCUyMmFjY2VsZXJvbWV0ZXIlM0IlMjBhdXRvcGxheSUzQiUyMGVuY3J5cHRlZC1tZWRpYSUzQiUyMGd5cm9zY29wZSUzQiUyMHBpY3R1cmUtaW4tcGljdHVyZSUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==||Gioele Valenti, the mastermind behind JuJu, is something of a psychedelic polymath. Prior to and alongside his work under the JuJu moniker he was a founding member of critically- acclaimed duo Lay Llamas (who toured across Europe with Goat), a live guitarist for Josefin Ohrn & The Liberation and he also continues to release music as Herself - under which he recently toured with Mercury Rev. Though, itâ€™s without a doubt his work as JuJu that has been his main vehicle for exploring the outer-realms of psychedelia.
After putting out his highly-praised self-titled debut on US label Sunrise Ocean Bender, JuJu signed to Fuzz Club for his 2017 sophomore effort â€˜Our Mother Was A Plantâ€™ and is now back once again with his third record â€˜Maps and Territoriesâ€™ - due for release on May 31st. You can pre-order Maps And Territory below, as well as the recent Fuzz Club reissue of his debut album.
After well-and-truly blowing us away last year, JuJu will return to this yearâ€™s Fuzz Club Eindhoven on August 23rd-24th - joining the likes of Iceage, Kikagaku Moyo, The Soft Moon, Night Beats, The KVB and more. Tickets are available HERE.