It’s seemingly becoming increasingly de rigueur to incorporate the wild sonic aesthetics of the African continent into our more technologically affected Western musics. Whether that’s Thom Yorke needing little excuse to punctuate his recent Dazed mix with Malian soundbites, or Dan Snaith outing the exemplary Shangaan thrills of Xitsonga Dance on his latest Jiaolong release, the eschewing of time signature and engendering instead of the frenetically good times that the influence brings is an irrefutably exciting development in dance. And Four Tet’s latest release on his very own Text imprint (the one with the rarer than rare catalogue number TEXT022 and the untweetable title) taps into that very same theme. Here snatched from a Conference of the Birds mix compiled last year, that The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room is ushered in by Actress’ Actress Meets Shangaan B immediately enhances the out of Africa impression, though once the track itself settles down it’s an invigorating burst of gravelly chanting, multilayered exclamations and tightly knit beats which bring a certain stability to the otherwise manic vocal involvements.
TEXT022 is available on strictly limited white label 12″ as of now, if you can find it.