Nihiloxica [/ˈnʌɪ(h)ɪlɒksɪkə/ pronounced: Nii-lox-ee-ca] is a project that harnesses the full force of the ancient Bugandan drumming tradition of Uganda and focuses it on the contemporary dance floor through a dark lens of techno sensibility. Formed by UK musicians Spooky-J & pq and members of the Nilotika Cultural Ensemble, incubated in Kampala by acclaimed label Nyege Nyege Tapes, the cross-continental band explore the common ground between techno and tradition, a conversation between two cultures with a common aim: to make people dance. Already tearing apart dance floors and festivals across the world with an at once transcendental and earth-shattering live show, Nihiloxica are only just getting started.
Nihiloxica’s debut album untitled ”Kaloli” was released in June 2020 on Crammed Discs, to great reviews:
“Deliciously chaotic and ferocious urban grooves from Kampala” – Songlines 5*
“Marabou stork nightmares lead to trippy, afro-electro drum battle” – MOJO 3*
“Fluent and highly dynamic…. cosmopolitan and rewarding” – Financial Times 4*
“Powerful and exciting… You won’t be watching Nihiloxica play live for a fair while, but you can and should prime yourself for such future privileges.” Quietus