‘Rockuduro’ fusion collective Throes + The Shine announce EU tour dates and forthcoming album, ‘Wanga’
For a taste of what to expect, check out the album’s lead single ‘Capuca‘ (feat. Pierre Kwenders):
EU ANNOUNCED TOUR DATES
18/03 – Festival Nouvelles Scènes – Niort, France
19/03 – Le Club – Roderz, France
23/03 – L’Abordage – Évreux, France
24/03 – Brussels Art Institue – Brussels, Belgium
25/03 – EMB – Sannois, France
26/03 – Paaspop Festival – Schijndel, Netherlands
05/05 – Bevrijdingsfestival – Nijmegen, Netherlands
06/05 – Les 4 Ecluses – Dunkerque, France
A group grounded in an electric fusion of alternative guitar rock and kuduro – the up-tempo dance music of Angola – Throes + The Shine prepare to release their third studio album, ‘Wanga’, through Discotexas (Universal/!K7) on 20th May.
Hailing from both Porto and Luanda, the quintet’s inspirations now span a multitude of genres and cultures, ranging from Africa and Europe to South America and the States, to create a fully organic mash-up of energetic sound.
With support already strong from Vice and LesInRocks, SPIN recently premiered the band’s collaboration with German producer Daniel Haaksman on his new album cut ‘Xinguila’. In Haaksman’s own words; “To me, Throes + The Shine are like Bad Brains reborn, but this time with an emphasis on Kuduro, not reggae”.
‘Wanga’ – which translates as ‘spell’ in kimbundo; an Angolan dialect spoken mostly by the elderly – is, as its title suggests, a collection of bewitching tracks conceived to make listeners move.
Album opener and lead single ‘Capuca’ features Congo-born, Canadian-based artist Pierre Kwenders, who lends the track his powerful vocals in the fierce Angolan kuduro style. Blended with melodies derived from Western electro-pop and infectious Congolese chanting, it also features driving rhythms inspired by Colombia’s cumbia dance scene.
The LP transitions effortlessly between diverse soundworlds throughout; such as from the exotic melodies and dark, fuzzy bass of ‘Tá a Bater’ to the buoyant steel pan sounds of ‘Guerreros’, which features vocals from The Fader-approved Buenos Aires artist La Yegros, to the pan-pipe inflected, almost game console blips of ‘Ndele’. Meanwhile, fellow Discotexas signee Da Chick injects Gwen Stefani-style attitude to the scuzzy guitar riffs of ‘Keep It In’, and Colombian tropical psych group Meridian Brothers feauture on the Santana-esque vibes of ‘Quentura’.
Embodying both adventure and vitality, the collective use every ounce of their creativity to build something unique; most evident in their unmissable live energy. Already a regular presence on the festival circuit, including landmark stops at Roskilde, Lowlands and Rock En Seine, they can next be witnessed taking their explosive sound on tour across Europe. Kicking off at Festival Nouvelles Scènes in France on 18th March, the five-piece will take in further dates across the country as well as shows in Belgium and the Netherlands until May.
Produced by esteemed Portuguese DJ Moullinex, who has remixed the likes of Röyksopp and Robyn, Miami Horror, and Devendra Banhart; as well as worked with Kitsuné and Modular, ‘Wanga’marks the first time the group have allowed an outside producer to delve deeply into their creative process – and the new approach has clearly worked in their favour. It is also their first project to feature collaborations with other bands and musicians from three different continents, and as such is a rich melting pot of sounds and emotions all imbued with their distinctive stamp. Spreading joy, communion and empowerment, it’s clear that ‘Wanga’ continues to break the mould; offering a fresh listening journey for both old fans and new.