There’s no shortage of fresh producers pushing house releases at the moment, and more and more artists producing more generic material are getting lost in the flood: if you’re a newcomer you can’t just sit down and make a house tune anymore, you have to do something different. Zeké Africa, aka A Thousand Years (a sci-fi homage, much like the gorgeous cover art), is one such producer who is sure to stand out; showing on his new EP for King Deluxe a taste for sophistication and mood rarely found on debut releases.
music by A Thousand Years
mastered by Shawn Hatfield
artwork by A. Aksinin
originally titled “Laputa II”, it’s Sheet 2 from the series “The Kingdom of Absurds by Jonathan Swift” (1977)
“These harmonious elements are set to a complex house beat the simultaneously remains warm and breezy throughout. To be sure, the vocal samples seem to foreshadow some sort of vague doom, as they transform from organic utterances to completely digitized croaks by the end of the tune.” – XLR8R
“Zeké Africa comes through with a taste off his new Farmers In Fields Of Stars EP that drops October 1st. Flying High involves catchy samples laced with ambient pads and spacey reverb. I’ll just pretend like those glorious sounding words somehow depict the track properly. Honestly though, this tune makes you contemplate why you never used Fruit by the Foot wrappers as flavored rolling papers.” – freshnewtracks
“I can’t say I’d heard of London producer A Thousand Years before this, but no doubt we’ll be hearing a great deal more from Zeké Africa in the future. If there is one.
An ethereal synth wash echoes back and forth through ‘Flying High’ before a glitchy sample, “I shouldn’t have to tell you”, creeps into the fore, giving way to a complex percussive arrangement. From there, vocal samples bounce out from the background to remind you of the future of humanity: drugs, decadence and warnings that go unheeded.
While beautiful, this track is melancholic in its tone, execution and subject matter. Shimmering synths coupled with minor chords give this track an inescapably haunting feel.” – Kick Out The Jam
A Thousand Years has produced what may be the most broad genre encompassing record of the year; Farmers in Fields of Stars. Leaned out progressive R&B is most likely the most accurate way to verbally convey the overall sound of this record.
From beginning to end one experiences a feeling of uncertainty as to what is going to leak into your ear and from what corner of your memory one is going to reminisce with next. To say that this record is a nostalgia trigger is an understatement, however a more judicious expression is out of grasp at this time. I feel as though Zeké Africa’s father’s Jazz background, and probable influence, has had a significant bearing on A Thousand Years style as it is today. There is an uncanny progression from track to track that continues throughout the debut EP of the London based artist which must stem from Jazz.
EP Dissection :: Standout tracks include ::
02. Where I Wanna Be :: Maybe I’m on a lone island obliviously unaware of what is going on in the world but to the best of my knowledge this is the first, I’m going to go with modernization, modernization of Nas’s ‘I Can.’ #Standout
04. Bake Take :: Lil Wayne is going to be relapsing back to styrofoam cups filled with whatever prescription durgs he was taking mixed with grape Arizona when he get’s wind of this through the grapevine. #Standout
05. Have To Tell You :: Kids, there’s something we have to tell you, keep calm, it’s progressive house. #Standout
– Schitz Popinov