Boomkat Product Review:
African Sciences’ 2011 album of highly personalised moods & grooves sees a proper, full vinyl issue on Aybee’s Deepblak label after a partial pressing of some tracks on the Means And Ways 12”.
In his head, the mechanisms of hip hop, jazz, techno and broken beat are fair game for mutation according to new, crooked calculations and hybridisations. Across Means and Ways African Sciences really gets under the skin of each style, reworking them from the inside out until everything feels asymmetric, irregular by conventional standards, but actually wickedly challenging, in a cerebral, playful manner for bodies bored by orthodoxy and by-numbers blandness.
The result is a deeply inimitable array of constructions set to reprogram dancers on the ‘floor and listeners at home, applying a jazz mentality to rigid grids and making them splinter in fascinating new ways from the kaotic harmonic vortices of Spiral thru the brittle but sub-loaded stepper Two As 36 or the irregular bump of Call Back, and the buckled broken beat technique of Go Speed.