Manchester-based DJ and artist Henrietta Smith-Rolla’s Break Before Make album fuses body-jacking house, waves of dark electronica, techno and electro and gets a double-LP/CD released via the legendary Skam label. Afrodeutsche has been rocking dancefloors recently with her vision of electronic music rooted in Kraftwerk's blueprint via Detroit ala UR, Drexciya etc. hence her chosen handle.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £20.75 SKALP035
180g transparent red coloured vinyl 2LP on Skam.
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- Coloured vinyl
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Limited CD £13.49 SKALD035
CD on Skam in transparent red jewel case.
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- Limited edition
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This one might be old news to some of you as its been floating around digitally for a year or so and now finally gets a well-deserved CD and transparent red vinyl pressing. Records on Skam don’t come around as often as they once did, so it’s always a wee bit of an occasion when one drops these days. It’s worth noting that the wax edition is slightly leaner at 11 tracks compared to 14 on the digital version.
One thing I’ve always respected about Skam is how they nurture what’s on their doorstep. Afrodeutsche (real name Henrietta Smith-Rolla) dwells in Manchester but has Ghanaian/Russian/German heritage hence her artist name -- which is also (I suspect) a nod to Chaos aka Marc Floyd's 'Afrogermanic' track from Underground Resistance's Interstellar Fugitives album. Her handle is a pretty good indicator of her sound - there’s a strong Detroit techno/electro influence and a lineage that can be traced back to Kraftwerk, but her personality is all over these futuristic tracks - they ooze soul, warmth, funk, darkness, joy and melancholy and are all immaculately produced. There’s plenty to go at - both for the dancefloor or sinking into the armchair with a pair of cans. Recommended.
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