Swirling cosmic ambience sits alongside alien techno of a Drexciya persuasion on this new 12” from Space Afrika. Primrose Avenue comprises four tracks of reverb-heavy explorations, the questing synths and deep drum machines all sounding like they are pressing through a wall of haze. Atmospheric stuff on Where To Now?
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Space Afrika’s new record tracks a path from cosmic retreat to cloudy dubbed-out techno, sounding like a gentle techno version of Concretism, with all the gloss taken from the synths, instead replaced by solitary haunting chime keys.
They’re a Manchester duo - my housemate once said that he would never move to Manc because he feels that it’s very ‘dark’. From people that live there, I get a pretty different story, but you’d be forgiven for believing it after hearing this. You can hear a relative gloom over everything, unsettling minor chords played through dusty reverb units. The brief opener is the only one that evades the beats, presenting a soundscape of thick urban mist. The rest all take a similar turn, with a sort of Detroit-y techno feel but kinda calm but morose, as if shocked by some bad news. They really achieve the sound that they want on the final emotive tune ‘The Sudden Walk’ is delightfully introspective while being the most uptempo one on here, a subtle tape saturation on it all.
It sounds like it was recorded on an 8-track machine, or straight to tape or cassette. Just muted kicks and claps, ghostly reverbed hats, that deep synth sound and a reel of magnetic tape. S’all u need.
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