Africans With Mainframes is the pairing of Jamal Moss (aka Hieroglyphic Being) and his Chicago buddy Noleian Reusse. After stacks of quality 12”s over the last decade, 2016 sees the release of their first full-length album, K.M.T., and what a blast it is. The highest grade of experimental acid house, no doubt about it. Out on Soul Jazz.
8/10 Ant Staff review, 19 May 2016
Slammin’ debut album from Jamal Moss and cuz Noleian Reusse as Africans With Mainframes. Long overdue after 12”s for Mathematics, Creme Organization and Bio Rhythm, it’s great to finally get a full length work from this pair of Chicago producers.
On first listen I was initially kinda surprised at how tough a lot of these tracks are - we’re talkin’ proper bangin’ heavy shit. Expect the usual raw mystical acid/ house/ techno these pair conjure - but with an extra shot of adrenalin. Overloaded, distorted drums, squirming melodies, gnarly acid all the way ‘til the records mid-point where we reach the epic, tripping cosmic synth world of ‘Qustul Artifacts’. Then it’s heads down and back to the jackin’ zone for the relentless, ferocious acid filth of ‘Naqada’ and onto the disorientating ‘K.M.T.’ jam.
The album closes with the wild ‘Meroitic Script’ which is pretty much a tune playing backwards I think - so maybe you gotta play the digital file backwards to unlock a secret tune?
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