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Noted on the cover simply as MFA (not to be confused with Border Community's The MFA), the Midnight Funk Association actually are Mark Broom and Dave Hill (*), techno veterans that made their fame through releases in a number of serious UK tech labels through the '90s.

But this one' went out through Domino. Here they lay their weapons down and explore downtempo territories, in a dopey mix of electro and post hip-hop breaks. Against the norms of the genre, the production is balanced and crispy (no dub treatments in here) and tracks are too repetitive, while moods change a lot; some times relaxed, some times nervous, occasionally slightly freaked. Too much THC in their skank, I guess... A weird album. You have to be in the mood for this.

Midnight Funk Association - 2002 Coffee Shop Rules
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4 comments:

JAM said...

isn't MFA the show from detroit's legendary electrifying mojo (http://www.midnightfunkassociation.com/)?

Nightlight said...

Didn't know that, actually.

Maybe that's why the Broom/Hill duo mostly used the acronym...

JAM said...

cool. yeah, mojo's late-night radio show supposedly was a huge inspiration back in the day for mad mike, mills, may, atkins, craig, etc.

Nightlight said...

I actually knew about the show, just didn't know its name. Isn't it strange though that no tapes have survived from back then?

I did a thorough net search once and found lots of mentions but nothing of audio (I'll look again, starting with the name). We only have the testimonies of Detroit residents in a couple of interviews and that's it.
If we're talking about '77 to the '80s or something, the MC tape had been really widespread; it's strange to think that those (some of them middle class) boys wouldn't have a tape deck and the urge to record the sets, as so many people did elsewhere at about the same time. Yet the only thing I've heard of him is that clip they have at the site...