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Somewhere Decent To Live

by Space Afrika

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Jascha Narveson
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Jascha Narveson Nocturnal, dubbed-out ambience - perfect music for late night city walking, or frictionlessly gliding through transit terminals. Fans of the ambient side of classic Basic Channel / Rhythm & Sound, or Deepchord will feel right at home here, though Space Afrika certainly have their own sound. Favorite track: sd/tl.
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noinoeso Thank you for imagining Utopia and inviting us to think of better futures. Favorite track: bly.
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Celeritas This is the album I put on when I need to centre myself. This album reminds me of the future, of a place where I can move forward and be calm. It's an ambient sound I've not heard anywhere else or anything else quite like it. I keep checking to see if the vinyl has been reissued for it. Favorite track: sd/tl.
Nahash (SVBKVLT)
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Nahash (SVBKVLT) Space Afrika is the place Favorite track: u+00b1.
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amc Space Afrika gold, just like the vinyl. Essential release. Favorite track: sd/tl.
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sd/tl 05:26
bly 07:10
u+00b1 03:37
gwabh 03:56
oread 04:07
drēd 04:52


"Ambient duo Space Afrika offer a bird’s eye view of the city centre at night with Somewhere Decent To Live; their keenly anticipated first LP on sferic. Unshackled from dancefloor needs, but still inspired and feeding off its spirit and romance, the pair respectfully acknowledge the undercurrents of Jungle, dubstep, ambient techno and deep house which feed into their home city’s late night economy, dowsing their tributaries back to dub and rendering the findings in a quiet, modestly lush ambient haze with a flawlessly anaesthetising effect.

Taking gaseous form as a series of dark blue hues and electromagnetic subbass impulses, the vibe inside is delectably elusive. Unlike their previous transmissions on Where To Now? and Köln’s LL.M., the pair’s dancefloor urges are dissolved in favour of suggestively mutable ambient frameworks this time, leaving the kicks in the club whilst they appear to float overhead like the dead kid embarking his Bardo in Gaspar Noé’s Enter The Void.

In firm but gentle style they feel out eight interlinked headspaces, drifting like spectral flanneurs from the Diversions-like opener uwëm/creãtiõn to intercept telepathic thoughts from Teutonic friends in the percolated subs and drizzly ambient clag of sd/tl, before arriving at the most arresting moment in their catalogue thus far with the masterfully widescreen yet immersive bly and its sublimely smeared timbral thizz. 

The 2nd half of the record subsequently describes a more inward journey from wistful loops in u+00B1 to the sylvan 2-step of gwabh and curve feat. Echium, ultimately culminating in the echo chamber melt of dred."



released March 8, 2018


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