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Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force, 'Yermande'

20. Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force, 'Yermande'

Without Mark Ernestus, techno might have never taken root on the continent, as his Berlin shop Hard Wax served as a beacon for electronic music and musicians of all calibers since the fall of the Wall. But it's his work with Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound that made him a legend, establishing the template for the nerve-pummeling minimal techno that powers the city's superclubs to this day. Ernestus stepped away from the techno capital and Europe entirely for this project, traveling to Africa and emerging with a clutch of Senegalese mbalax drummers. With Ndagga Rhythm Force, Ernestus and crew concoct a minimal percussive sound every bit as mesmerizing and concussive as EDM. A. Beta