This is a record about all of us, about universal and fundamental truths—it's the human condition as seen from space." /> L.A. Record

RAS G AND THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM: STARGATE MUSIC

April 23rd, 2018 | Album reviews

RAS G & THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM
Stargate Music
Leaving

Ras G is the pilot of the Afrikan Space Program and Stargate Music is his latest journey, a trip where Spacebase is always the place and time moves at a slower, more natural pace. This may not be so much a concept album as it is a kind of astral travelogue. Ras is documenting life in its various stages of birth, death, and rebirth, as well as the feminine forces preserving that cycle—the womb, he says, is the “stargate of humanity.” The record begins in earnest with “Water Broken” and a pulsating beat that erupts into blasts of chest-compressing bass. “The Arrival” is unmistakably Ras, a wobbly, jazzy song that could very well be the score to a celebration of extraterrestrial birth. “Quest to Find Anu Stargate” passes through that same cosmic glitch, swelling with synths in a kind of other-worldly bedroom R&B. “Intimate Reconnections 1st Invite” is caught in an endless swirl of electronic space dust; “Is It Lust or Love” takes a smooth, funky beat in jittery, backwards steps. The album falters some in its later stages, but only in compelling ways. This is a record about all of us, about universal and fundamental truths—it’s the human condition as seen from space.

—Miles Clements