Releases from Jamal Moss (aka Hieroglyphic Being) under any of his working aliases is always welcome. Africans With Mainframes is his project with fellow afrofuturist space-electro explorer Noleian Reusse, and Faces Of Africa finds them firing off in all directions. 12” vinyl release on Mathematics.
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- Faces of Africa by Africans With Mainframes
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 17 August 2016
Ok so it’s only now that I realise that Mathematics is run by Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being aka I.B.M aka half of Africans With Mainframes. It’s actually a duo of Moss and Noleian Reusse who I’m not familiar with but his first release back in 2005 was on Mathematics too. You’re probably screaming “how do you not know what AWM is??” at your monitor and you have every right to.
This is the first in a series of two releases called Faces of Africa, which explore a corner of techno that allows for some electro synth sparkle as well as heavy thuds and 303-style basses. In fact their use of synth to create drifting almost cosmic textures sounds a bit like Lnrdcroy’s new 12” that I just reviewed, albeit with thicker beats and a more playful use of patterns. Really into the bassline and, well, the whole refreshing synth-haze of A2 cut Sense of Place Strength of Being, which kinda reminds me of Mr. Beatnick’s Sun Goddess EP.
If you want it in short: this is really good. Things get even more upbeat on the side-long B track, with a juddering kick-and-bass playoff on some juicy analog sounding machines, which makes it sound a lot darker than it actually is; there’s a positive, mildly celebratory vibe going through all of this and if I didn’t have to also review part 2 I’d listen to the whole 10 minutes or so. Not a huge amount of dynamic contrast but get playing with the EQ, DJ folks.
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