"I thought both singles were great but this is something else entirely. There's very few electronic albums that I enjoy and can imagine listening to repeatedly from start to finish, but this is a sheer joy to listen to. Love it all. 'La Samaria' is so beautiful. It should be a hit single in a just world. 10/10." JD Twitch, Optimo
Launching at the legendary Fabric, London on the 21st of April with the rest of the H&P gang, this will be a Highlife special launch with Auntie Flo playing all night and will showcase work from visual artist Florence To who's causing quite a stir across Europe with recent installations in Prague, Milan and London..
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 preoccupation 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 possibilities and a glimpse into another world.” Auntie Flo