The Australia-based collaboration between producer Mark Pritchard and vocalist Steve Spacek, known as Africa Hitech, has solidified with the electronic duo’s debut album release, 93 Million Miles. The album explores the musical ideology of the band, combining soul and dub with minimal electronic music styles. While drawing from an eclectic array of influences, the duo manages to travel through time, incorporating both the lo-fi sounds of early electronic music and the space-age feel of futuristic synthesis.
93 Million Miles goes through an interesting progression from start to finish. The opening title track sets up an expectation of persistent driving beats with a minimalist techno feel. “Out In The Streets” features Ini Kamoze’s frequently sampled lyric from “World A Reggae” but continues to drift into a synthetic and futuristic territory. Later into the 11-track album, an added depth of emotion is introduced through the use of more acoustically based samples and vocals. “Spirit” gives the electronically dominant album a personal sensation, combining drum grooves with the contrapuntally complex melodies delivered by celestial vocals. “Light The Way” continues this celebration of percussion and voice with drum and vocal loops providing the foundation for poetic lyrics hovering overhead.
93 Million Miles goes full circle, ending with “Don’t Fight It,” a track that encapsulates the many different styles of Africa Hitech. Layers of acoustic drum grooves meet intimate vocals, but the addition of both 3D samples and crunchy synthesizers truly demonstrates the many faces of the band coming together.