The Arches and Warp in association with Mixed Bizness present
Fri 9 Sep 2011 | 8pm | £7 + bf
Africa Hitech does what it says on the tin: it’s black music from the future. One of Warp’s newest signings, it is the lovechild of the very non-African Mark Pritchard (Global Communication, Harmonic 313) and Steve White, best known for his work with Spacek, and brother of dnb artist D-Bridge.
Both primarily operating in the trip-hop and ambient spheres, and already used to releases on Warp, Dubsided and Sonar Kollektiv, it is White’s work with Mos Def and J Dilla, and Pritchard’s bass-focused, dubby ravetronica released under the Harmonic 313 moniker, that give any kind of clue to the brains behind the new project, which seems to span a the world in order to carefully craft its best elements.
Having released their first EP, Hitecherous, in June last year, their debut album 93 Million Miles was released in May 2011, already gathering formal praise from BBC Music, The Guardian, Pitchfork and The Quietus as well as hefty action on Youtube and Hype Machine.
Garage, ragga, dancehall and dubstep may dominate, but the acid basslines are more often than not straight from Chicago, the 4/4 rhythms from Detroit. The rapid-fire patois of Blen and grimey rap of Do You Really Wanna Fight? is replaced by a Frankie-Knuckles-trademarked alien voice in 93 Million Miles. Too Late boasts a laidback R&B groove, and Boingy turns out to reference hip-house and big-room electro. Out In The Street was immediately championed by Flying Lotus, Untold, Toddla T, Benji B and Scratcha DVA… From juke and footwork to UK bass and techno, Africa Hitech coolly tick all the boxes whilst never reaching overload.
“It’s no small feat to craft something this adventurous and eclectic and still have it turn out to share the cohesion of a DJ mix, but Africa Hitech manage just that– and despite all the left turns, you want to stick by their side every step of the way” pitchfork.com on 93 Million Miles, May 2011
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As Scotland’s original superclub, the Arches is the stuff of clubbing legend. There really is no other venue like it in the world.
Repeatedly voted one of the top 100 clubs in the world in DJ magazine, the industrial brick arches are home to a continuous roster of the world’s most in demand DJs and producers from across the dance spectrum, whether it be minimal techno, big bassline electro, hardstyle, deep house, UK bass, dubstep or trance.
With a Funktion 1 soundsystem and three fully stocked bars spread over six subterranean arches, the space is transformed each weekend depending on the faces behind the decks. From huge, sell out nights with platinum selling Ibiza trendsetters such as Alesso and Laidback Luke or legendary acts such as Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Jeff Mills, to the hottest, most-hyped names on the dance scene’s lips – from Jamie Jones and Nina Kraviz to Jackmaster and Omar S, ours is one of the most diverse club programmes in the city.
As well as the Arches’ own club nights, which have recently brought the likes of Hot Creations label, Madeon and Chase & Status to the venue, for many fans the Arches is synonymous with either of its two biggest nights, Pressure and Colours.
Slam have now been playing and promoting in the Arches since 1992 with their monthly techno and house night Pressure celebrating it’s 16th anniversary in November 2014. Normally taking place on the last Friday of the month, Pressure sees the biggest names in the game playing regularly, with guests like Richie Hawtin, Ben Klock, Laurent Garnier, Joris Voorn, Maya Jane Coles, Pan-Pot, Chris Liebing, Dave Clarke, Len Faki, Dubfire, Gary Beck, Visonquest, Heidi, Vitalic and Green Velvet joining resident DJs Slam in recent times.
Scotland’s biggest dance promoter, Colours regularly bring the biggest and best names in big room house, tech-house, electro and trance to the venue, with recent guests including Alesso, Otto Knows, Laidback Luke, Dannic, Hardwell, Markus Schulz, Showtek, Gareth Emery, Nervo, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Nicky Romero and many more.
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