HHY & The Macumbas preview upcoming album with second single ‘Topo Do Crânio’

Photo: Rui Pina

With the impending release of Bom Sangue Mau, and following the transcendent first single ‘Lago de Puro Êxtase’, Porto based ensemble HHY & The Macumbas have shared a second preview of the album with a new pounding and ritualistic single titled ‘Topo Do Crânio’. Listen to it below and watch out for the album release on May 31st through Horror Vector.

HHY & The Macumbas announce fourth album, Bom Sangue Mau, and share lead single ‘Lago de Puro Êxtase’

Photo: Rui Pina

Porto based ensemble HHY & The Macumbas have announced the release of a new album titled Bom Sangue Mau, which translates from Portuguese as “good bad blood”. Due out on May 31st, their forthcoming album will also mark the inaugural release on new label Horror Vector.

Multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, who’s at the helm of the project, and his collaborators Brendan Hemsworth, Filipe Silva, Frankão, João Pais Filipe, André Rocha and Francisco Antão, recorded the album in an empty theatre, where they set up a full arsenal of sound-systems, lighting rigs, and smoke machines to capture the raw essence of their kinetic live performances. As the press release describes, “they immersed the stage in a deep red glow, using crumpled rhythms, eerie synthesisers, wild-eyed horn sounds and serious bass pressure to build a place of dread and ascension.”

The album news comes paired with the first transcendent single, ‘Lago de Puro Êxtase’ and you can listen to it below.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: HHY & The Macumbas

There’s only three days to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

HHY & The Macumbas


Performing Saturday 9th November at EKKO

Photo: Mariana Vasconcelos

Spearheaded by multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Porto based ensemble HHY & The Macumbas have been forging a distinctive and transcendent sound over the last decade. Featuring a shifting cast of musicians on percussions, brass and horns, they operate as a rhythm lab, exploring and developing syncretic languages and bridging cultures and genres as diverse as dub, free jazz, Indian classical music and fanfare. Famed for the tribal and exhilarating energy of their shows, impressively live dubbed by Saldanha, we can’t wait to see them perform at Le Guess Who?. And today Saldanha tells us which other artists he is looking forward to seeing.

“Choosing only 3 names to listen in a festival like Le Guess Who? is a hard task, there are allot of amazing artists… But because limit is a tool to organize time I would say that I would try to see:”

Ustad Saami

Performing Saturday 9th November at Jacobikerk

“Ustad Saami because I’m a massive fan of the music forms coming from India and Pakistan, I was even a tabla player during my teenage years, so having the opportunity to see an Ustad like Saami perform is overwhelming. ”


Jah Shaka Sound System


Performing Saturday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by The Bug

Jah Shaka is one of my first obsessions in dub sound systems so its a dream to be able to listen to the original pressure from a master. “

Amnesia Scanner


Performing Saturday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

“Amnesia Scanner are producing very curious sounds and visual ideas, definitely something to keep following.”


Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

HHY & The Macumbas release live EP Melting In The Heat Of Chase

Porto based ensemble HHY & The Macumbas are celebrating their 10th anniversary and to mark the occasion, they have unveiled a 20-minute live EP called Melting in the Heat of Chase, edited out by founding member Jonathan Uliel Saldanha from a live show. The EP, as the accompanying blurb explains, “inaugurates the documenting process of the group’s inner mutations and their live sonic actions”.

What’s more, HHY & The Macumbas have also paired Melting In The Heat Of Chase with a video piece directed by Diogo Tudela. Press play!

Melting in the Heat of Chase is out now through House of Mythology