Gonjasufi in Budapest, Hungary (2011).
|Birth name||Sumach Ecks|
|Also known as||Gonjasufi
|Origin||San Diego, California, United States|
|Genres||Experimental, lo-fi, alternative hip hop, psychedelic rock, trip hop, dub|
|Associated acts||Flying Lotus
The Gaslamp Killer
In the early 1990s, he began releasing music within the San Diego hip hop scene; notably with the Masters of the Universe crew. Touring under the stage names Sumach Valentine and Randy Johnson, his first band was called Plant Lyphe.
Ecks gained notice from Warp Records in 2008 after an appearance on Californian musician Flying Lotus' album Los Angeles, on which he sings on the track "Testament". His Warp debut album, A Sufi and a Killer, was released on March 8, 2010.
Ecks' voice has been described by Pitchfork Media as "a scraggly, scary, smoked-out croak that creeps like the spiritual offspring of George Clinton and Lead Belly." He attributes his singing style to his day job teaching yoga, where he was forced to learn how to "project from [his] stomach more".
- A Sufi and a Killer (2010), Warp
- The Caliph's Tea Party (2010), Warp
- The Ninth Inning EP (2011), A.I.R.
- MU.ZZ.LE (2012), Warp
- "Holidays"/"Candylane" (2009)
- "Kowboyz&Indians"/"My Only Friend" (2010), Warp
- "Kobwebz"/"Speaketh" (2010)
- "Ninth Inning" (2011)
- "The Blame" (2012)
- Allmusic - Gonjasufi
- Meer, Malik (2010) "Gonjasufi – the electro Hendrix", The Guardian, 6 March 2010, retrieved 2010-07-04
- SDR - Gonjasufi Extended Interview
- Gimme5 Interview: Gonjasufi
- Lymangrover, Jason. "Gonjasufi Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
- Dombal, Ryan. "Rising: Gonjasufi". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- "A Sufi And A Killer". Warp Records. Retrieved 2010-03-06.