Africa Hitech (Warp)

The Arches and Warp in association with Mixed Bizness present

Africa Hitech (Warp)

Rudi Zygadlo (Planet Mu) // Anxst // Point To C

Fri 9 Sep 2011 | 8pm | £7 + bf

Africa Hitech come to the Arches, Glasgow on Fri 9th September with support from Rudi Zygadlo, Anxst and Point To C.

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.

Support for this live show comes from Rudi Zygadlo (Planet Mu), Anxst and Point To C. Presented in conjunction with Mixed Bizness.

“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” on 93 Million Miles, May 2011

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