Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I've been waiting for this day for some time. After numerous requests for this to happen, it is. African Hitech is finally coming to America. The sound that has garnered the respect from the most respected across EU, is finally coming to North American soil. Africa Hitech was last here in 2007 - in Toronto in fact, long before the Africa Hitech outfit was made official, and even before the Harmonic 313 LP.
But they are now scheduled to return for official African Hitech bizness. In support of the fantastic 93 Million Miles LP which dropped earlier this year, and a brand new EP due to drop in November 8th 2011, Do U Really Wanna Fight which will be a re edit of the LP cut.
More importantly, it will carry a few b-sides, one of which was a track which has been featured on a few Africa Hitech podcasts, but was more fascinating as it was created on an iPhone. Swair was part of a batch of tracks which were produced by Steve Spacek with the myriad of music apps available to iOS users. He even went into some detail in a recent article. I still recall asking Mark Pritchard for info about the track when I 1st heard it earlier this year, and he went into details letting me know Steve had been experimenting tons w/ several iPhone apps, to such a degree of success that they have plans on releasing more. In fact, I believe the Sonar x Bleep exclusive earlier this year was likely another one.
'Do U Really Wanna Fight' digital single
Release Date: 11/8/11
01. Do U Really Wanna Fight
02. Silencer Riddim
04. Do U Really Wanna Fight (Instrumental)
The Africa Hitech North American tour dates are as follows:
10-Nov New York - (Le) Poisson Rouge w/ Sepalcure and Mux Mool
11-Nov Detroit - The Works w/ Mux Mool
13-Nov Austin - Barcelona w/ Mux Mool
16-Nov Minneapolis - Barfly w/ Lazer Sword
17-Nov Chicago - Smartbar
18-Nov Montreal - Cabaret du mile end
19-Nov Buffalo - DBGB w/DJG
23-Nov San Juan, PR - Red Shield Music Hall
24-Nov Toronto - The Drake Underground
25-Nov Denver - Beta Nightclub w/ Dibiase
27-Nov Los Angeles - Bardot w/ Clicks and Whistles
28-Nov Seattle - Chop Suey w/ Clicks and Whistles
29-Nov Sacramento - Townhouse
30-Nov Eureka - Nocturnum
01-Dec San Francisco - Venue TBD
02-Dec Portland - Holocene
03-Dec Vancouver - W2 Media Cafe w/Dibiase
And for those who've not had the pleasure of hearing or seeing them play live (like myself), here's a podcast of a visit to the Rinse FM studios dating from this year during an EU tour. Not only did this mix feature a pile of exclusives, but also heard within the mix was Swair, with Spacek dropping a few hints during the set. Amazing.
Africa Hitech - Live At Rinse FM May 23rd 2011
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The Do U Really Wanna Fight EP will be out Nov 8th 2011, and be sure to check your local listings for all deets re: the their North American tour.