Label: Huntleys + Palmers
Catalogue No: H+P0005
Release Date: May 2012
Format: 12" / CD / Digital
Having brought 2011 to a close with two sell out releases ('Oh My Days' & 'Highlife') under his belt, a growing fan base which counts Ricardo Villalobos, Andrew Weatherall, Gilles Peterson, Caribou and Jackmaster amongst its members. Lining up residencies at the legendary Plastic People in London, Glasgow's Sub Club and festival appearances this summer, Auntie Flo has been on a roll! It now gives us great pleasure in presenting the Future Rhythm Machine.
Whilst Future Rhythm Machine isn't a full length debut album, it is a body of work which draws on and demonstrates Auntie Flo's far flung influences which include African and Latin lessons in rhythm from the likes of Fela Kuti, William Onyeabor and Matias Aguayo, the refinery of Ricardo Villalobos and Four Tet and is charged with the instinctive energy from Kwaito and Chicago house. Also inspired by Black Atlantic diasporic culture and the writing of Kodwo Eshun, Steve Goodman (Kode 9) and Paul Gilroy.
Featuring guest vocals from sultry Chilean singer Mamacita (whose own material is forthcoming on the label) and Glasgow's favourite South African, Esa Williams. Future Rhythm Machine was actually the first piece of work we'd heard from the Auntie Flo project (it was actually the catalyst for starting the label) and despite it being an earlier incarnation to what we now present, its originality still shines through and has stood up to (many) repeated listens. With only a few straight up club tracks, we hope you enjoy listening to this at home, in the club or on the move as much as we do.
"Kodwo Eshun talks about the 'futurhythmachine' where he disputes the western futurist pre-occupation with noise in favour of rhythm - it is the rhythm machine which joins the dots between all music of the black atlantic from Afrobeat and Highlife to Techno, Soul and Hip Hop. Whilst I have always been interested in 'black music', I had less exposure to African and South American music until a few years ago, so there is still a freshness which is really exciting. I have always been drawn to the rhythm or groove of any piece of music, much more so than lyrical content for example. When I listen to African music i hear new rhythms, new possiblities and a glimpse into another world." Auntie Flo
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