Ajukaja feat Maria Minerva ‘Nii Hea’ (Porridge Bullet)

Estonian singer Maria Minerva seems to be making a bit of a name for herself on the (suddenly everywhere) 100% Silk label and the aggravatingly hip Not Not Fun label. This is a tune she put together with Ajukaja, her old mucker and 90’s rave mate from the motherland. It’s an assured collaboration from two people who sound like they understand each other’s taste.

It’s quite an odd, at times slightly discordant tune that offsets it’s straight (and heavy) beat with wonky pitch-shifted vocal samples and a wonderful vocal that meanders without ever getting painfully abstract. I have absolutely no idea what she’s talking about (it’s sung in foreign innit) but the singing reminds me of the performance on this old Francois K remix for some reason. It’s not the most brilliantly produced record in the world (it gets a little busy and harsh in places), but it’s got tons of character and groove.

As only 200 copies of this post punk oddity have been pressed, I’d get busy with the cheddar yo.


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