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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005NOJL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CHEMICAL BROTHERS It Began In Afrika (Deleted 2001 UK 3-track CD single which features a sample from Jim Ingrams Stax label track Drumbeat. Includes the Radio & Extended mixes plus Hot Acid Rhythm 1. With original picture sleeve CHEMSD12)

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Format: Audio CD
This record is rather difficult to categorise. It is - in my opinion - the latest release into what can only be described as the current style of club music that is filling the floors of the slightly trendier clubs on the dance scene - a tasteful cross between progressive trance & house. A more than adequate serving of thumping tribal beats laced with haunting vocals, it comes mixed in three different styles - the first is a rather tempting starter in the form of a radio edit, encouraging one to move swiftly onto the main mix (no.2) wish is definately the most rewarding. The dessert however is not the best finish to this CD single - a little too acidic for my liking! Overall, if you like it large on a saturday night, this dish is sure to satisfy! But beware - it's definately NOT for the faint hearted...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x98f7609c) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e20c18) out of 5 stars It Began In Afrika 19 April 2002
By Brad Cummins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The day that It Began In Afrika was released was a time of chaos, destruction but still the Chemical Brothers were feeding out decent dance, even on the horrible date that everyone remembers...September the 11th 2001. This song shows a true fact(with incorrect spelling)about how it all began in afrika. I myself own this single and im going to give you a quick rundown of it:
Track 1: It Began In Afrika (Radio Edit) - 3:35: O.K this is alright for a true dance fan who dosen't like a song too repetitive, but otherwise the album version is way better.
Track 2: It Began In Afrika (Album Version) - 8:39: Here it is, the Chemical Brothers second best song on their new album 'Come With Us'(next to denmark)this song shows what you can really do if you mix several genres together to form not an album but a song!
Track 3: Hot Acid Rhythm 1 - 5:04: One of the few Chemical Brothers acid songs, Hot Acid Rhythm, like its cousin Base 6 (from the Star Guitar single) show the D.Jing duo totally pushing their talent to its limits as the beat pushes on throughout the whole 5 minutes of the song.
I recommend this for a Chemical Brothers fan or just a collector of their merchandise because this happens to also be limited, so you'd better grab your copy soon before this single is extinct.
Signing Off Now,
Brad Cummins
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HASH(0x98e20c6c) out of 5 stars It Began in Afrika, but it sounds good here! 16 Jan. 2002
By Devin DiMattia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I feel very awkward considering that this is my first Chemical Brothers purchase. I don't normally get singles, but this one intrigued me. "It Began in Afrika" is one of the coolest, most mind-bending songs out there, second only to the Brothers' upcoming "Star Guitar" single. The neatest thing about this single, even though it's only 16 minutes in length, is that you hear something new every time you listen to it. The 3-minute Radio Edit is a nice thing to listen to if you're one of those people who don't like too much repetition, but I think that the 8-minute full version gives the Brothers more time to put together a song structure and not jump right into it. The b-side, "Hot Acid Rhythm 1" may even be better than the other two tracks. Another notable thing is their creative album art. I really like a music artist who puts effort into their album art and techno performers seem to do that a lot. I look toward their upcoming album, "Come With Us" with great interest.
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HASH(0x99214eac) out of 5 stars still going strong 12 Sept. 2001
By Pup - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
the chemicals are probably my favorite group right now, and this single keeps them at that spot. on this disc, you get the radio edit version of "it began in afrika", the original mix of "it began in afrika", and another track called "hot acid rhythm 1". all total, it's about 15-20 minutes of music. the afrika tracks are hard driving, bass pumping tunes with a bit of african flair. wildcats growl, and drums abound. hot acid is a bit lighter, though not much. it has some interesting rhythm breaks and arrangement, and makes for some very good listening. this disc is easily worth 8 bucks, and it's supposed to be a limited release, so you better get on it. my fingers are crossed that this cd is an indication of the things to come from the chemicals.
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HASH(0x98e20ef4) out of 5 stars Chem. Bros at their MIND-blowing best 24 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What can I say; it's the Chemical Brothers coming out with new stuff, and it is, like all their other material, fresh AND amazing. While IBIA is a heavy, progressive club anthem, very driving, Hot Acid Rythm is quick, hard, and explosive.
In fact, that would be the west way to describe this cd: explosive. HAR really explodes at certain parts into undeniably quick and incredible rythms that will inevitably get you off your feet. Oddly, though, I cannot say that this song sounds like any other acid I've heard before, not that I mind, though. But this song is at the end of the cd, so lemme tell you about It Began in Afrika, the song.
IBIA is, what I would call, jungle. Yes, I know jungle is already an electronica sub-genre (drum and bass, in other words), but I can think of NO other way to describe what this song is like. One must simply hear it for themselves, and prepare to start grooving.
Both of these songs cannot actually be placed in any genre, not even big beat (the electronic sub-genre that the Chemical Brothers are best known for). Not that that's a bad thing, though, since it only goes to show that regardless of the genres the Chem Bros dabble in or try at, they will always suceed to a tremendous, irrevocable degree.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99be6fc0) out of 5 stars Back with another one of those Block Rocking Beats 9 Oct. 2001
By Billy W. McCann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You never know what to expect from The Chemical Brothers, and this single is no exception. About 45 seconds into 'It Began in Afrika' I'm asking myself "Is this the Chemicals?" You think that your speakers are on the glitch with some of their auditory creations, and not too long afterward the throbbing beat fills the air. Kind of reminiscent of 'Out of Control' and 'It Doesn't Matter.' The radio edit version doesn't show the Brothers being themselves, that is, those long, trance inducing beats. The original 8 1/2 minute version is far better, but I've never been fond of a down-tempo chorus that lasts longer than a few seconds, and this one has a couple. How does one dance to that? It sounds fantastic, but it's a hair too long of a slow-down for me. All in all, this is an outstanding dance track. I read somewhere that there was an electronic battle weapon version of it. Hope to hear it.
The other track with Afrika is 'Hot Acid Rythm 1.' The Chemicals have never created something that sounds like this before. They really pushed their studio skills with this one. I'm also very satisfied with their use of the deeper subwoofer bass. They don't use it that often. Hopefully they'll use it more in their next album. And more of that acid-style as well.
If you love techno or music in general, I recommend that you listen to this single to hear where the future sound is.
Wang Shaolin
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