DBA Recommends: Space Afrika
Much has been musically captured and agonised over in regards to Manchester’s rave scene. And while the city is now in a very different spot, both sonically and socially, when compared to its domineering era of cultural influence in the late eighties through until the mid-nineties, it nonetheless still basks in even the tint of a post-acid-house afterglow.
Since their first release on Where To Now?, back in 2014, Space Afrika have steadily been getting to grips with their sound, which has thus far incorporate dub, ambient techno and offbeat junglist influences. On ‘Somewhere Decent To Live’, these steps are slower than ever, capturing not the sweat of a warehouse rave on the fringes of Salford, but the slightly desolate, fully melancholy of Manchester city centre at night. Arguably, a Sunday night, as the final stragglers emerge from the pubs of Oldham Street, tripping over empty chip bags and NOS canisters, anticipating what may transpire to be somewhat less than a Happy Monday. You don’t need to be familiar with the Pennine drizzle to embrace this record, which is as lush and surprisingly instantaneous as any of the more vital contributions to ambient music of late.