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Album Review

After releasing the excellent A Sufi and a Killer, and allowing artists to remix that material for The Caliph's Tea Party, Sumach Ecks returned as Gonjasufi in early 2012 with what looked to be another full LP comprising ten tracks. In fact, with each song averaging around two minutes long, it's regarded as a "mini-album" and plays the part of a stop-gap very well. MU.ZZ.LE sounds like outtakes from the last LP — that is, short underwater dub/downtempo emotronica cast-offs — except it is darker. The tin can production still plays a large part, but there is little regard for song structure. Most tracks sound like fragmented interludes and repeat in a four-chord loop, while delayed textures wash over electronic breakbeats, organs, and Ecks' battered voice. His wife sings on two of the highlights, "Feedin' the Birds" and "Skin," and Psychopop assists in producing three of the tracks, which are similarly spooky, but Gonjasufi is flying solo for the rest, which might account for MU.ZZ.LE's deep sense of loneliness.

Customer Reviews

A Sufi And A Bit Of A Letdown...

This album disappointed me a little. A Sufi And A Killer was sort of a psychedelic hip hop odyssey that constantly jumped across almost every genre in the game, whether it be folk (Sheep), electro (Holidays), psychedelic rock (Duet), or god knows what (Kowboyz and Indians). On this mini album, the tracks seem to flow into each other, and rarely stray from the same genre theme, which is some sort of dark, moody experimental hip-hop sound, which I love. Having said that, I kind of liked how ASAAK hopped from genre to genre so boldly, it sorta contributed to the trippiness of the sound, and it almost made it seem like a compilation of my favorite bits from all those genres. On MU.ZZ.LE., I enjoyed the sounds, and REALLY dug the production, but I feel like the songs weren't strong enough, or even complete; most of them barely make it past the two minute mark. Overall I'd say that Gonjasufi deserves props for self-producing a great sound, but should try to use those skills into a full-length, well-written album. I look forward to album no. 3.

Still Blurring the Lines

Still effortlessly blurring the lines between hip hop and experimental, here's another SOLID release from the Sound Pioneer himself.

Mu.Zz.Le is LOUD

Absolutely Amazing...No one can appreciate the genuine pursuit this music represents more than Pops. It literally puts a smile on one's face, hope in one's soul and yet inspires one to venture. The sound, the message the music stays with you throughout your day. Humming to oneself the beats of GonjaSufi..
Thank You GonjaSufi!


Born: San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Dreadlocked San Diego-bred yoga instructor Sumach Ecks (who also travels under the names Sumach Valentine and Randy Johnson) turned from rapping with the Masters of the Universe crew and DJing with Killowattz to focus on his solo endeavors under the name Gonjasufi. In 2006, around the time he relocated from beach shores to the desert to teach yoga in Las Vegas, he crossed paths with underground hip-hop staples Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus while visiting Los Angeles, and the three established a...
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