Eric Porter Douglass‘ Afrikan Sciences project is out there — way the fuck out there, at the edge of techno, free jazz and abstract hip-hop. In fact, the Oakland CA native, who recently relocated to Berlin is standing pretty much by himself.
Porter’s debut LP Means and Ways (Deepblak, 2011) largely flew under the radar, but it was a revelation for techno aficionados who like their grooves deep. And his sophomore offering Theta Wave Brain Sync, which just saw a digital release in March via Oakland-based avant-techno imprint Deepblak, is every bit as deep. Now, when I say techno, I’m using that word in its loosest sense, as this is about as far from clinical oom-tis oom-tis oom-tis minimalism as one could get.
Porter’s advanced rhythms are as intricate as they are asymmetrical, chopped up tablas, shakers and various sundry percussive instruments from all corners of the world warp and shift around, bunching up together and unraveling–even the most straight forward jams have this quality that could be likened to looking at one of those 3D hologram that flips back and forth after prolonged focus.
Within this ramshackle rhythmic frame, Porter’s musical influences–which are literally all over the map Miles, Dilla, the Indian subcontinent, Detroit, outer space and of course Africa–are woven into rich multi-faceted tapestries, that explore the relationships between form an space, order and entropy.
The title of this one is no accident, this is deeply cerebral music that, while it would likely work on the floor, is clearly aimed at the head and not the feet.
Afrikan Sciences – “Sage Projection” (128kbps-clip)
Afrikan Sciences – “Theta Wave Brain Sync” (128kbps-clip)
Afrikan Sciences – “What Who What, The Bazooka Was Who” (128kbps clip)
And from Means & Ways
Afrikan Sciences – “Two As 36″ (128kbps-clip)
Here’s a pretty amazing podcast he put together for Keep it Deep last fall
I’ll wait for you- Bembe Segue
Heru – Damon Bell
Melanin – Julie Dexter
Ex-pensive dubbin x Never stopping on the One – Afrikan Sciences
Tory – Saturn Never Sleeps
Maybe You can Dance – Bohannon
Aimeda -Gravity’s Angel
Save D Musician – Black Truth Rhythm Band
Tom’s – Succulent Sounds
So Divine – Erik Rico
Plutonian – Dakini9
A Healthy Turnaround x Fly Off the Handle – Afrikan Sciences
Degi Degi – Don Cherry
Sour Grapes – Shokazulu
Traffic -Theo Parris ft IG Culture
Solution (Dutty Church) Son Of Scientist ft Heidi Vogel
Uni Sun- Aybee
It’s a Wonder I’m Me – Peven Everret
Banganeseba – TAL National
Here’s a Recent Boiler Room set from Berlin
And finally, there is plenty of odds and ends to check out over at his Soundlcoud page.