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Boomkat Product Review:
Afrodeutsche reveals her talents as a solo pianist in a sanguine suite of keys written for the soundtrack ‘Kamali’, a BAFTA-nominated short film about a young girl skateboarder in India
In six spacious, breezy pieces Henrietta Rolla-Smith follows her work on renowned earth documentary ‘Baraka’ with an elegantly poised and delicate suite that sounds remarkably different to her acclaimed Detroit electro and house styles as DJ/producer, Afrodeutsche. There’s an unmistakeable air of Satie in her wilting, melancholic motifs and gently plaintive harmonies, conjuring a sense of serenity and sweeping motion that evokes the glide of carving around on a skateboard. If you’re after bolshy electro, look elsewhere.
“Accompanying the vinyl and digital release is a sample library created for composers and producers. The collection of manipulated synth sounds further illuminates much of Henrietta’s writing process as a self-taught musician and composer. Inspired by her work with the Kyma sound design environment, it’s a set of tools for compositional storytelling, based around colour. Her aim is to offer a new perspective and a sense of freedom for those delving into the library, no matter their level of experience.”