Africans With Mainframes is the ever-potent pairing of Noleian Reusse with Jamal Moss, aka the Hieroglyphic Being himself. With the twin influences of cosmic drift of outer space on one side and the hard-jacking thud of Chicago’s basements on the other, Africans With Mainframes just can’t help but make super-compelling super-house, as they do on Faces of Africa II. 12” on Mathematics.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 17 August 2016
Part 2 of the simultaneous Faces of Africa 12 inchers from the power-collab duo Jamal Moss and Noleian Reusse is a continuation of the ludicrous speed at which Moss and those around him make new material. How they manage to keep it all at a great quality is beyond me, but here you go.
It starts with a short, much more percussive techno thing that was entirely absent from the first one, making me wish it went on for a couple more minutes but it’s not long before they embark on another cosmic techno odyssey with ‘The Joy of Being’. Here I will echo the words of the last review - it’s pure celebration techno here. Floating synths pump your heart up to massive proportions while animated basslines get the arms and legs wiggling. If I wasn’t sitting in an office chair.
The second side contains another lengthy track that is unfortunately indistinguishable from the A2, both being in the same key at the same tempo with the same textures and general form. It’s possibly a bit more maximal and sorta loud, but still totally positive. I do wonder though whether it was worth pressing two of them separately rather than doing a 2x12” or maybe even just 1, but still, if you’re into them pick one at random because they’re fun and beautiful.
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