After years of exploring the depths of musical genres and the boundaries of blending, mixing, and refining rhythm patterns and harmonies from around the globe, two Berliners expressed their hard earned musical freedom in a dogma:
“The use of a Roland TR-808 analog drum machine in every single track.”
They programmed the machine to lay polyrhythms over drum and percussion tracks, fascinated – and sometimes puzzled – by it’s own characteristically sudden swing and accent changes, and named it: “Africaine 808” – their third and first female band member.
The first year of their musical joint venture, the three spent quite some time in remixing and editing some of their favorite african and island funk tunes, transforming the old gold into modern DJ and Dancefloor friendly tunes. The sound of organic grooves mixed with 808-beats and analogue synthesizer baselines became soon a trademark sound, and more and more samples got replaced by live played guitar, bass, organ and percussion.
The trio experimented with different tempo and styles ranging from slow cumbia and exotic rumba themes to island funk and percussive disco, electro and house tracks.
In Spring 2012 they first took the project to another level, turning their tracks into a full live act at one of the Vulkadance nights. Today the project is growing and integrating guest musicians and vocalists – for live performances as well as for recording in the studio.