Hailing from Cologne, Germany as evidenced by the album title (it sounds like a rigid German response to: What do you do with a question? Vee are to ansa dummkopf!), AA creates a rich, layered and vibrant sound by mixing hip hop, dub, funk, house, electronica and serving it with a chill international flare inherent in all of ESL’s music.
Laid back ambience is exuded in tracks like the album intro “From the Sky” and “I Came Running.” That ESL signature feel that makes Astronauts such a good fit comes across in the world music vibes of “Lost in Marrakesh” and the raw, driving dub sounds of “All the Things You Do.”¬† In an attempt to cover every form of electronic music “Dark Green Rod” touches on AA’s stylized version of Drum ‘n Bass.
The Ancient Astronauts thrive when toying with hip-hop. “Risin High” with Raashan Ahmad and “Classic,” featuring members of Oakland legends The Pharcyde, meld the finest attributes of electronica and hip hop so seamlessly that they virtually create a new genre. “Classic” is one of the best single tracks of 2009. The song’s pounding drum beat with driving ride cymbal mixed with serious turntablism, trippy loops and tight, hardcore breakdowns underscore both teams talents and push the Pharcyde sound even harder than on their own.