20-23 July 2023 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Orbit Sunday 2023

/ˈnʌɪ(h)ɪlɒksɪkə/ (pronounced: Nii-lox-ee-ca)

Nihiloxica 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

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