Manchester UK’s Space Afrika make music of what they term “overlapping moments” – oblique mosaics of dialogue, rhythm, texture, and shadow, half-heard through a bus window on a rainy night. The duo – Joshua Inyang and Joshua Reid – make ambient tapestries woven with heavy instrumentations and disjointed samples, creating a patchwork reality of dreamlike transmissions and oblique emotion. In January 2021, they announced their signing to Dais Records. Honest Labour, the duo’sfirst full-length since 2020’s landmark “hybtwibt?” mixtape (have you been through what I’ve been through?) expands the project’s palette with classical strings, shimmering guitar, and visionary vocal cameos, leaning further into their enigmatic fusion of ambient unrest
and cosmic downtempo. It’s a sound both fogged and fragmented, at the axis of songcraft and sound design, born from and for the yearning solitudes of life under lockdown.