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‘It’s a bit difficult to believe it’s been almost four months since our last digital outing at FKOF Records – and eight months since the last physical instalment to our back catalogue. But we’ve not been slacking. Today, we’re here to announce FKOFd057 and we’re excited to bring another four digital releases and a record (finally!) to you before year end. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

‘057 takes us back to New Zealand (perhaps for the first time since 2016/17 and our material with Akcept’s 025, Headland’s 026 or Pugilist’s 031?), and welcomes the mighty Ma Barka to the FKOF Records family. George and Dylan have been busy with building material over the last 18months and are creating an avid audience with their heavyweight music. FKOF Records’ A&R maestro Olaf/ Korrupt has worked his magic once more and we’ve bagged four tunes we think summarise why Ma Barka are destined for greatness…

‘FKOFd057 goes to 11 pretty quickly with EP opener ‘Peeler’. Cavernous atmospherics – space for days – mix with tight percussion and stabby keys. And, a theme that’ll continue across the release, the low end is concussive. Track two, ‘Called It’, strips things even further back to the beats, bass and space recipe we always look for. This one’s a meditative roller if there ever was one. ‘Slugger’, unsurprisingly, is what you’d expect from the track title. It’s brash and aggressive, and will be an overstimulating experience in front of the subs. Watch for this one. Last, but definitely not least, we have ‘Fracture’. It feels like a departure from the 140 across the rest of the EP, slightly more frenetic than the other inclusions – but still provides the ‘Ma Barka’ experience you’ll come to know.

‘All in all, Dylan and George are very much on the start of their journey. At the time of writing, they’ve not yet broken the 150 follower figure on SoundCloud. But that’s not going to stay static for much longer. Christchurch has been deservedly known for fostering incredible bass-forward music, and Ma Barka are quickly starting to follow in the footsteps of NZ’s sound system forefathers.’


released September 9, 2022

All tracks written and produced by D. Guthrie-Wickens and G. Smith-Kolff


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