In an attempt to move more feet than Algobabez, South Africa's team of four AudioBoyz fuse house, bass music and emotional touches to build their intricate shuffles. Expect all sorts of monkey business including choppy club vocal samples and naturalistic percussions. Out now on London's Blank Mind label.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 12 September 2016
AudioBoyz -- Fatonic, Motion, MudPunk & Njeh -- hail from the Durban suburbs and serve up an e.p. of four fresh house cuts with a South African accent, on the eighth release from London’s excellent Blank Mind label.
Snake-charming, atmospheric droney synth forms the background of the ominous ‘Danger’, opening the record with scattershot drums and a tribal drop. It still only hints at the monkeying around (groan) to come, on the darkly bouncing ‘Gibbon 5’. Obviously, no animal should ever be caged and this particular primate sounds like he is itching to be free to dance to the jungle drums; unbound, angrily.
Over on side B we have more driving, syncopated grooves -- heavy on the bass and claps, naturally; ‘Insomnia’ sounds nothing like my sleepless nights at the moment, but it comes just a little bit closer than that old Faithless tune. ‘The Legendary’ swings like nobody’s business. A nice way to close a neat little ep that will sound as good on the home stereo as in the club.
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