With many listeners still coming to terms with the rush of his Theta Wave Brain Sync long player on Deepblak, Eric Douglas Porter is back with more outer-space wares built to make you question everything you thought you knew about cosmic electronic music. Circuitous has some moments of tender beauty and some moments of fiery experimentalism, but it never stops being thrilling, shocking and captivating. With the spirit of free jazz, the convention-less beats of the Brainfeeder posse and an irrepressible delivery that is all his own, Afrikan Sciences has excelled even his high standards on Circuitous.
As Afrikan Sciences, Eric Porter has been pushing his own brand of freeform sonic experimentation incorporating elements and ideas from soul, jazz, broken beat and house in an abstracted manner that veers far off-grid. Far from prolific, Porter's project does share a close bond with the Deepblak label run by Aybee, who have issued all Afrikan Sciences material to date. With whispers of Afrikan Sciences material surfacing on PAN, Porter graces Deep Blak with a wonderfully unique second album entitled Theta Wave Brain Sync. Manipulating rhythm in a manner that's already quite hypnotic and meditative, the 11 tracks live up to Deepblak's billing that it will "let you go as deep, and far as you desire" and then some!
More astro travelling through the avant-garde from West Coast imprint Deepblak, and the first collaboration between label boss Aybee and fellow space jazz cadet Afrikan Science. The Nibiru Projekt sees the duo dive head first into futuristic deep otherness, with typically mind bending results split right down middle between club business and more introspective noodlings. "Strange Task" is all neck snapping bruk house with a speaker punishing bass line submerged in jungle deep atmospherics, with the duo demonstrating a lighter side to their productions on the female vox lead broken beat of "Some One". Aybee and Afrikan Science conjure up some excellent ambient machine funk on "Ordinance" with "Threshold" being reminiscent of Tricky in his most experimental paranoid pomp.
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