Africa Hitech- 93 Million Miles

It took a while for Africa Hitech’s debut LP to grow on me. When the album originally came out in May, I took some favorites from it, but dismissed the rest as being too hectic to be really enjoyable. However, I found myself just itching to listen to this thing again at the beginning of [...]

It took a while for Africa Hitech’s debut LP to grow on me. When the album originally came out in May, I took some favorites from it, but dismissed the rest as being too hectic to be really enjoyable.

However, I found myself just itching to listen to this thing again at the beginning of this month. To my surprise, I ended up loving the album from front to back. I still think some of the sounds could have been mixed a little better, but I love the rigid and primal mix of African and electronic sounds that flow throughout this LP. This isn’t your average fusion of these two worlds, believe me.

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  • Kees

    You hit the nail on the head. African Hitech is just that. African electronic music. I like the experiment, but the dancehall beats and 8-bit bloops just make me cringe. It’s just so…busy.

    Cyclic Sun is a gem though. Clear African beats, slowly introducing jungle sounds, Some kind of flute-ish sound and the piano loop. I dig that.

  • http://myspace.com/jthesexiestletter J the Sexiest Letter

    Word.

    I heard their RBMA Fire Side Chat mix. I was sort of questioning whether some of there incremental hooks was sort of a profound a contemporary social commentary or not. I perceived some of the tracks on the mix to be overly aggressive and perhaps a bit too vague in the production. But then I later heard one of their singles, especially because I’d been a Dancehall fan, off the album and had to listen back. Overall I’m now excited about their music.

    Second chances sometimes do that :D

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Lauter hotshot bald cop

    Nicely put from an amazing blogger

  • JFeltham

    Man found you on the comments section when I discovered this album. After seeing this review you just got yourself another fan

    If you want a bit more insight into these guys there is a fantastic interview
    http://www.dummymag.com/features/2011/05/27/africa-hitech-interview/

    These guys just really GET IT. Never before have I been so excited by a new sound I’ve discovered. This is the future man.

  • Chuck N

    This review is awful. “Well now that I know about the style, I like it.” While there is some African influence, Africa is a big place and home to many different styles. If you really want to find some African dance music without a western influence, check out Shangaan Electro.

  • admin

    I know Africa is a big place, and home to many different styles. In fact, we all know that. What is the point you’re even making? Your lazy quote that you pulled from the review isn’t even in reference to African music, but ghetto house. Were you even paying attention to the review? Are you upset that artists are taking African sounds and mingling them with Western influences or something?

  • jose

    I see that too, I still enjoyed the 1st! listen though. I think the whole african influence thing is kinda phony, but i’m kinda awesome & I don’t let little things ruin an album.

    ps-Dan Deacon is a STUD