93 Million Miles is an unflinchingly ambitious product of international globe-trotting that carves a new faultline into the rapidly expanding terrain of “bass music”…or whatever it’s being called this week.
The first point of introduction for many will be the Ini Kamoze-sampling behemoth Out In The Streets, a combination of the ghosts of 1980s Jamaica and the youth-culture explosion of juke, and a track immediately championed by Flying Lotus, Untold, Toddla T, Benji B, Scratcha DVA and played recently as Gilles Peterson’s first audio punch when battling Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 (check below).
Africa Hitech is a moniker which not only represents both Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek’s love for all things progressive, but one that also pays homage to the roots of popular music born out of Africa. Mark Pritchard is a musical chameleon, recording a vast variety of styles under just as many pseudonyms, whether it be Global Communication, Jedi Knights, Troubleman, Harmonic 313 or his countless other projects, his dexterity and versatility in music over the past 20 years cannot be understated. Steve Spacek first melted his way into our hearts and souls with the Mos Def championed group Spacek, a group that were called “the Radiohead of Soul” and “the most futuristic soul group of our modern age”, from there he embarked on a solo career in which he moved to LA to work on his solo album with among others the late great J Dilla before finally settling in Australia. Now following a series of releases the duo are about to release their debut album as Africa Hitech, 93 Million Miles and we talk about their musical history and the potential in the future of music.