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JUJU – Gioele Valenti. (IT)

JuJu is the brainchild of Sicilian multi-instrumentalist Gioele Valenti (Lay Llamas, Herself). Following on from the project’s 2016 S/T debut – widely hailed as one of the best, most innovative psych albums of the year – Valenti has signed to Fuzz Club for the release of sophomore LP ‘Our Mother Was A Plant’. Carrying on in its predecessor’s footsteps, the new LP is a continuation of JuJu’s ritualistic sonic exploration into the cultural implications of the ongoing refugee crisis and humanities increasingly strained relationship with Mother Earth. 

Featuring guest appearances from Capra Informis (the masked djembe player in Goat), JuJu‘s second album is due for release September 22nd – the same day he’s set to return to this years Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. With the announcement, Fuzz Club is sharing the first taste of the new LP – the utterly hypnotic first single ‘And Play A Game’. The track was premiered by Clash Magazine who had this to say: “[JuJu] matches Neu! type repetition to mind-blowing effects, gently re-organising the co-ordinates for psych-rock in the process… a lengthy, exotic piece that borders on tribal funk, it seems to exist entirely in a world of its own.”

Even more forward-thinking and adventurous than the self-titled debut, Our Mother Was A Plant summons all kinds of spirits with its rhythmic, otherworldly psychedelia – changing the game, once again. Calling it just a ‘psych’ record would be an injustice though, JuJu’s shamanic mantras are influenced just as much by afrobeat, funk, krautrock, art rock, drone, shoegaze and everything in between. 
JuJu have been invited to join next International Liverpool Festival Of Psychichedlia (2017) line up, September 22, where the band is going to launch new album.

Label: Fuzz Club Records

Available: Generally Available for Festivals / One-off

Territories: UK/UE

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