“Ronda” is a collaborative album between Chicago’s free/noise rockers Mako Sica and a drumming legend that is Hamid Drake. “Ronda” consists of five tracks recorded during sessions at Jamdek with Douglas Malone at the board and at Electrical Audio with Taylor Hales.
“This collusion was precipitated by Matt Jackowiak, a mutual friend, who thought a merging of their sounds might make for an ecstatic explosion. This feeling became mutual after they played a show together at Constellation. The set mixed Mako Sica tunes with improvisations that took everyone to places they hadn’t expected, and the trip was deemed an utter success,” says Feeding Tube’s Byron Coley.
“The Electrical session allowed the players access to a host of additional instruments, so the sonic palette on ‘Dance with Waves’ and ‘Emanation’ is wider and somehow more cosmic than usual. But the whole album has an extraordinary depth and width of sound. Even the great songs Mako Sica has had in its set for a while like ‘The Old Book,’ gain whole new levels of otherness here, and the material based in quartet improvisations, like ‘The Wu Wei,’ explores wild new territory for the band,” Byron adds.
“Ever feel like nothing changes? Sure, after stretches of sheer craziness, a certain stable life may have some appeal. But eventually we realize we want something more, something our staid Sudoku and ho-hum heroin cannot provide. Sooner or later, we become turned off to the creeping monotony and ritual in our everyday lives and need a real turn-on. Want some REAL thrills? Then you NEED the new Mako Sica and Hamid Drake collaboration album!” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“A psychedelic rock trio teaming up with a percussionist schooled in jazz, reggae and diverse musical traditions might signal an awkward, unsatisfying fit. In practice, however, it works beautifully” – Wire
“On both their composed material and free improvisations, Drake’s preternatural sense of groove gives a dramatic shape to even their most amorphous jams, adding waves of melody and atmosphere that feel inspired by 70s Miles Davis and moody guitar twang that falls into the general vicinity of the spaghetti-western scores of Ennio Morricone. Drake seems to bring out the best in the musicians, who constantly shift instrumentation and meticulously weave a richly textured soundscape that never sticks to one vibe or rhythmic feel for too long” – Chicago Reader