A promising newcomer delivers a touching blend of techno and electro.
In interviews, Afrodeutsche has mentioned an "obsession" with Drexciya and played at least one gig in an Underground Resistance t-shirt, which makes it easy to pinpoint her influences. But there's more to RR001 than revivalism. "I Know Not What I Do" and "Make The Call" are both thick with melody, as though Afrodeutsche has poured her soul onto their rhythms. Sometimes the synths cloak the track in fog, other times they zap between the beats. But they always work in harmony, the shifting chords and tones gathering more character as the percussion rolls. Only "Phase Two," a drum track, is stripped down, its classic drum machine samples sounding like some Dance Mania B-side, only 10 BPM slower. "Drink," the shortest track, could've been twice as long—its snake-charming bassline is the EP's best. But the short length also highlights an off-the-cuff feel, a quality that extends across the entire EP. This is purist music that feels remarkably honest, a refreshing combination.