Sunday, July 01, 2007
Map of Africa
After releasing a small batch of highly sought after singles for the guys originally appearing in the lyrics of LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge", Harvey Bassett (better known to the DJ world as DJ Harvey) and Thom Bullock (one half of Rub N Tug) present their first full length release for their Map of Africa project.Make no bones about it, this really isn't dance music in the conventional club sense that many dance fanatics have become accustomed to over the past fifteen years. Many of the tracks harken back to an era where drum machines were prototypes in electronic laboratories or used mainly by academic computer composers. Indeed most of these tracks feature exclusively electric guitars, bass and drums as the anchor and emulate many of the bands the duo have chosen to emulate (Pink Floyd, Sabbath, various prog rock and white blues bands of the 70s). The album does have its lackluster moments, but they are few and far between. But the best surprise of all is just how good a singer Harvey is. At times he sounds a bit like a very young Ozzy Osborne during the first Black Sabbath sessions (especially during their cover of the Equals "Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys"), and there's no doubt that he's having a blast living out his rock star fantasies. Like everything else in their collection and on the Whatever We What imprint, this is in a limited pressing, so hesitation might be your worst enemy if you don't purchase on site.