Map of Africa

I’m very surprised I never hear any mention of this album, Map of Africa by Map of Africa. I’ve had it a couple of years now and it’s been my staple driving album all that time. I’m not too sure what makes good driving music but this is great in the car.

It’s psychedelic funky rock, but I’d bet my bottom dollar these guys earned their chops on the electronic side of the park before going anywhere near a guitar or microphone. For some reason it always reminds me of Apocalypse Now; just as he’s chugging down the river, with strange birds chirping and something other lurking in the shadows, this would be the perfect soundtrack.

The lyrics sizzle too;

Dirty Lovin’
“Once or maybe twice a day
Dirty lovin’ baby it’s okay,
I like it straight around the bend,
Enough for me and both my friends”

Plastic Surgery
And I look more like my daugther
Then a dirty old man oughta
Cos I’ve had plastic surgery

These aren’t the best two tracks, they’re the only two I could find.

Not much about them on the web, their myspace page is as dead as their record label.

  • Reply Red Leeroy

    August 31, 2009, 11:02 am

    That is great stuff JB, if they are not the standout tracks on the album then I have to hear the rest, where would a gentleman lay his hands on this bad boy ?

  • Reply John

    August 31, 2009, 12:48 pm

    Had a look when I was writing and seems to be out of stock, probably out of print. There are a few overpriced second hand ones on Amazon.

    I’ll send you a mail, I think I might know of another place where you can get a copy!

  • Reply Aidano

    September 3, 2009, 10:20 am

    isn’t map of africa dj harvey’s project? yes, it is. “He (Harvey) has also collaborated with Thomas Bullock (of Rub’N’Tug and A.R.E. Weapons) on the disco rock project Map of Africa, which released an LP in 2007 on Whatever We Want records.”

  • Reply John

    September 10, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Hey Aidano – sorry just remebered Ididn’t reply to this. Is indeed. The names sound very familiar but I don’t really know much about or by either of them. Seems to be lots of DJ Harvey stuff on youtube though.

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