R & S Records
TBR: 8th December
Squidgy tempos accompanied by a thriving bass wobble-verb open this catchy EP debut from Afriqua. A smooth and enticing flow washes over the bars of Aleph in vibrant shimmers of seductively cool and time taking lemon slices, while progress allows for the addition of fresh and sonically invigorated fills and melody clips. An occasional chime in the distance generates an atmosphere of clubland amidst the open top arena of fields and wooded hills. Tones of a subtle space-age interlace the latter portion of this opening number, with riffage and progression underpinned by the initial slippery flow.
An out of tune television set appears to be the opening voice for the second number on this interesting and danceable collection of tracks. A loop in the pattern soon gives rise to an abstract rhythm, which is helped along by the overlay of some pleasing and nostalgic sounding keyboards. Ghostly pangs poke through the soundscape like distorted faces in a misty nothingness and we observe as friends from the other world come to comfort them and take them back home. Sent being the title of this beautiful piece of music, the mental visions it inspires continue on with each new phrase.
After this short but eternally distant rendition of journeying through sound, a more down to earth vibe is given the plinth with Opferator. This third track relies more on the use of rhythm, which emerges as a fast paced click-clap that soon evolves to incorporate joyous but downplayed percussions. Obscure keyboards fly through the air like dramatic paper aeroplanes and give a sense of larger than life, although the track remains simple and repetitive elsewhere in its composition. As the mix draws to a close, the rhythms are toned down for periods of time, allowing the rest of the score to shimmer more brightly for brief moments until close.
Thanksgiving begins with a thumping bass which almost immediately becomes framed by strange but enjoyable rhythms. From this sprouts a fun and bouncy keyboard playing bass with squelchy and heavy footprints, which then becomes a bed for the high end melodies which are made up of swirling notations wrapped in organic sounds and synthesiser frills. Driving rhythm keeps the whole thing in time while the sounds crumble together in a cooking pot of energy and intrigue. The EP finishes with a good feeling, every track plays its part and there is a distinctive feel that can easily be built upon in future releases.
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