[coll:] Audio Refuge
Reviewed by Sadie O., 7/19/11
World fusion club grooves (tending toward the African Musical Diaspora) by a Bay Area collective. At the same time strongly based in traditional music and pretty experimental, moving more to the latter end as it goes.
1. 5:34 ***pretty harp intro, slow loping sway, vocals in heavily accented English. Mellow music, rather angry lyrics, but trance-y overall. Mashup of African, Reggae and Hip hop.
2. 4:53 ***hand drum intro, highlife bounce, upbeat, Afro-jazz.
3. 6:09 ***traditional Gnawa clackers and instrumentation with a Reggae beat. Trance-y, and long enough that you can definitely get altered while listening…
4. 2:45 **traditional style Gnawa strings, then clackers, odd beat that seems a moment late, a bit of electronica, violin.
5. 6:46 ***sweet, mellow Afrobeat groove with stuttering instruments and violin, African (specifics unknown) vocals.
6. 4:47 ****groovy, blatty Reggae stroll, downtempo, cool horns, dubby.
7. 5:29 ***slow boom bap with double-time bubbling keyboards. Another Afro-Reggae-Hip hop mashup.
8. 5:23 ****UK-style club-dub/dubstep, Trinidadian vocals and whoobles. I’m a sucker for whoobles.
9. 4;41 ****electronics and thumping something that is a bit of a cumbia, but nothing traditional about it. Vocals in Spanglish with a sort of Reggaeton intonation.
10. 4:01 *****ridiculously bitchen cumbiamuffin riddim, dubby, female vocals. Mi gusta esta aqui.
11. 3:52 **fractured electronic gronches. Becomes rather more like a riddim (cumbiastep?) gradually.
12. 5:02 ****clackers, fun little electronic bopper. No vocals.
13. 3:57 ***mellow and trance-y dub with hip hop vocals. (FCC – “goddamit” – if that counts your book…)
14. 5:12 *****uptempo stuttering riddim with a growing hint of north Africa (from Palestine, it turns out) – interesting. Oud-funk. Very long fade with oud and faint heartbeats.
15. 5:12 ****pretty chimey chords. Afro-hip hop vocals in Afro-ench. Gets a strong beat after a while – nice stuff.
16. 4:16 *acoustic guitar, indy-hip-pop something. Um. Er.