Continuing Black Acre's fine tradition of worldly beats in the more adventurous realms of hip hop tempos, Clap! Clap! present their own unique twist that channels African folk traditions into low-riding rhythms. Opening track "Elon Mentana" is largely focused on squelchy beats with occasional smatterings of tribal background noise, but "Tambacounda's White Magic" is where things get really interesting with the lively shuffle of flute and hand-played percussion running rings around an arresting voca trill, working a club ready beat into the mix only when the time is right, and doing it with panache. "Tambacounda's Black Magic" is a more subtle affair that plays down the modern ingredients and makes for an even more enthralling listen.
Proudly committed to exploring and channeling the roots sounds of African music, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci is back on Black Acre following last year's triumphant Tayi Bebba album. His handling of authentic African culture grows ever more adept, most notably in the way he fuses percussive and vocal sounds with modern Western electronics, resulting in two essential jams that should ease themselves onto many an eclectic dancefloor. "Camo" certainly has the distinctive hook in its punchy chord line, but "Fever" manages a more flamboyant end result with its powerful low end and ever-rising drum pressure built for all manner of dancefloor shock outs.
After making heads turn with the worldly wares of his Tambacounda EP for Black Acre earlier in the year, Clap! Clap! is back with another rapid-fire round of riddims that flit dexterously between traditional sound sources and hyper-modern production skills to create a distinctive melee. "Buck" has all the ingredients for a sturdy club rocker, working an African vocal lick around an urgent tempo and clattering percussion while a heavily reverbed cascade of bleeps spell out the electronic side of things. "Ichnusa" is a shorter concern that explores loping and interlocking chimes and hits with a sumptuous handle of melody and a nagging groove.
Subversive Bristol champions Black Acre curate four pieces of truly original electronic fusion from their freshest faces. There's consistency, too, as each track rumbles and groans under heavy African riddim pressure: Khalab's "Walkiana" takes us into the heart of the Maasai by way of tripped out, seasick textures and an insistent riddim, Ferox's "Mondo" is a firing slab of dark tech that builds into one of the most infectious chant-based floor-slammers you'll hear in years, Clap! Clap!'s "Peyor" is a cutty, choppy, steppy work of beat artistry while H-Sik gets all future jungle... in the jungle. A genuinely unique release.
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