The sophomore release from the London-based, Japanese producer and deejay duo Afrobuddha is "Zone" - a mid-tempo percussive production with warm analog synths and drum machine sounds, bearing similarities to Wally Badarou.
Afrobuddha's successful debut "Obame"(2011) was supported by many respected DJs such as Francois Kevorkian, Laurent Garnier, Osunlade and more. The Kakatsitsi Drummers who were featured on the track, performed with The Orb at the main stage of Glastonbury Festival 2013. Since 2012, Afrobuddha have been hosting a monthly show "Spirits Frequency" on London's NTS Radio and continue to mix roots and electronic music with a deep spiritual twist.
The new single's artwork, a visual expression of the music and philosophy of Afrobuddha, was skillfully illustrated by Tokio Aoyama, Japan's rising artistic talent, who has already produced work for George Clinton, Snoop Lion, Shafiq Husayn, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dudley Perkins and Ras G.
"Zone" features Ghanaian master drummer Afla Sackey's thundering congas and djembe on a 3/4 time signature with occasional polyrhythm machine beats, repetitive chants and deep analog synths, giving the track a timeless hypnotic feel. The flip-side is a stripped down, minimal drum dub mix with space-bending analog delays and reverb effects that get you in a spaced out zone.
Early support from Quinton Scott (Strut Records), Cedric Woo (Beauty & The Beat), Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London/Beauty & The Beats), Lex Luca (Dysfunktion), Nik Weston (Mukatsuku), Simbad and many more. Limited stock of 180 gram heavy weight 12” vinyl with full colour print are available for collectors!
Written & Produced by Afrobuddha (Kay Suzuki & Koichi Sakai) & Leonidas Stavropoulos
Djembe and Congas by Afla Sackey
Vocal by Kyazi Lugangira
Sequential Circuits Pro-One, Roland SH-101 and Roland Juno-60 recorded by Leonidas Stavropoulos @ DoTank Music Studio
Drum recording by Davide Salvietti @ Hicaz Studio, Dalston
Vocal recording, programmed, arranged & mixed by Kay Suzuki @ Studio Sputnik
Illustration by Tokio Aoyama