Tribal House Crew Hits the Dance Floor with “Afro-Acid”

By Deuce

The Tribal House Crew dishes up three versions of the same tune on its forthcoming single, “Afro Acid”, which drops February 25. There’s the original mix, the extended mix, and the Charlie D mix—none of which are less than five minutes, or more than eight minutes.

What the Crew’s serving up is widely considered dance music or, more properly, Electronic Dance Music, these days. Almost each variety of Afro Acid conjures up images of dark dance floors drowning in what was once called house music while people swing and sway their bodies—dancing, that is—well into the night.

The game plan for this single is demonstrated in the title. There are certainly elements of Afro Cuban musical expression in each of the different renditions of the cut. Moreover, there’s some traces of acid jazz that manage to work their way in, as well. Put them together and before you know it “Afro Acid” is embellishing on the best properties of both.

Of the former, there’s no denying the impact of the percussion and its Afro Cuban roots. There’s a strong taste of what might be congas or timbales, oftentimes played (or programmed, more likely) extremely rapidly to keep pace with what’s already a 100-plus BPM number. There’s a nice effect on the claves which alternate between sounding as though they were played live and were manipulated too well to be anything other than programmed.

All varieties of the song are largely bereft of vocals. Someone (it sounds like it may have been pre-recorded, although it could also be the lone vocal performance as well) barges in rather abruptly in most of the mixes speaking a foreign language that might be Spanish or maybe something else. But traditional singing, rapping, scatting, even ad-libbing, for that fact, plays the background.

The foreground, meanwhile, is heavily occupied with that four-on-the-floor drum pattern and the obesity of the kicks. There’s also a pretty low bass line on there and a copious amount of synths that sound like they were devised to hypnotize (this is a dancing affair, mind you) too. But for the most part the tracks are fairly sparse, emphasizing their percussion and the sheer might of the kicks, which is what many people seem to appreciate in our times.

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