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"7 IRM Breaking News #6"

Protocol Afro (disco-pop inconsistante)

Le ratage du dernier Phoenix ne nous empêchera pas de goûter au nouveau single des Indonésiens de Protocol Afro, petite sensation populaire du sud-est asiatique qui sortira son premier album The Youth cet été sur le label du cru Indische Partij Records. Dans la lignée de leur mini-EP de 2011, Electrified n’a d’autre ambition que de faire danser dans les chaumières en réveillant les souvenirs de nos romances d’ado inconsistantes, quelque part entre The Kooks et Bloc Party. De la "pop inconsistante", c’est d’ailleurs ainsi que les six Jakartiens qualifient leurs hymnes efficaces et sans prétention mixant des éléments électro et disco sans jamais tomber dans le piège de l’ambition arty. A télécharger sur le site officiel du groupe. - indierockmag.com


"Le streaming du jour #239 : Protocol Afro - ’s/t EP’"

On vous avait déjà touché un mot de Protocol Afro, combo de Jakarta pas vraiment à sa place d’ailleurs dans la sélection 100% russe proposée à l’époque dont l’avait indirectement rapproché quelque relation du web. Il faut dire que nous n’avions alors pas encore grand chose à nous mettre dans le creux de l’oreille, aussi efficace que fut leur premier single Radio aux allures de New Order tropical.

Un titre aussi physique que touchant que l’on retrouve aujourd’hui au sein d’un mini-EP éponyme enregistré avec les moyens du bord et sorti sur leur label local Indische Partij Records, au côté de trois autres "hymnes dansants de pop music inconsistante" comme le groupe aime à qualifier ses petits classiques instantanés à l’anglo-saxonne, désarmants de spontanéité mélancolique et d’énergie primale à l’image des amours déchues qu’ils tentent de conjurer.

D’un Music (Dance With Me) convoquant le Phoenix disco des débuts et la nostalgie festive de The Embassy, au plus électrique Mailing By chanté en Bahasa qui en remontrerait à bien des formations pop-punk anglaises de la nouvelle génération avec sa batterie forcenée et ses cœurs braillards, en passant par l’ultra-mélodique Sunday Morning Live pas loin du romantisme radio-friendly des Kooks mais bénéficiant d’une toute autre fraîcheur d’exécution, ce premier avant-goût certes sans conséquence mais non sans charme augure du meilleur pour le premier LP des Indonésiens, prévu tout à fait pertinemment pour l’été prochain : - Indierockmag


"Music: A review of Protocol Afro at Baybeats 2011"

Protocol Afro entertained the 300-strong crowd at the Arena Stage at Baybeats 2011 with their set of indie dance tunes, along with frontman Aryadita’s seriously impressive moves. The five-piece band hailing from Jakarta played their set on the last day of this year’s edition of Baybeats and there was absolutely no doubt why they were invited to play after their infectious and incredibly fun set.

The band played a tight set, which included songs such as “Radio” and “The Youth”, which had the crowd bopping and moving along to the beat (though seated). It seems that Singaporean crowds are generally still shy when it comes to enjoying dance music outside a club, but that certainly did not deter the band when it came to their playing and personal love of performing, which was evident, especially in the vocalist and frontman Aryadita.

Showing love for the festival by rocking a Baybeats 2011 tee, he moved around the stage constantly and elicited cheers from the audience with his fancy moves and footwork, probably being one of the few in the festival to do so. An audience member even tweeted that “Protocol Afro’s singer should do a dance-off with The Drums’ singer”, prompting a response from the band saying they are in fact, fans of The Drums as well!

Ending their set on a high with “Music (Dance With Me)”, the audience was reluctant to see the band leave, and the merchandise booth was crowded with people trying to get a copy of their album, only to be disappointed that the band only had an EP with few songs. The band definitely gained many fans after their performance at Baybeats and left a firm impression on the minds of festival-goers that Indon bands are really good, and certainly left everyone wanting more (hint: a full-length album)! - Esplanade Youth


"LOCAL MUSIC HEROES: PROTOCOL AFRO"

Irresistible inconsistency.



“We called it ‘Inconsistent Pop’, dasarnya tetap indie rock tapi nuansa pop nya tetap ada dan lebih bebas menginjeksikan genre apapun ke musik kami.” ujar Mayo Falmonti yang menjabat sebagai bassist, manajer dan co-founder yang membentuk Protocol Afro bersama vokalis Aryadita Utama alias Ditto, gitaris Giano Valentino, drummer Kristian Harahap dan gitaris Panji Prasetyo tahun 2007 silam. Lama menghilang sejak merilis single “Radio” dua tahun lalu, tahun 2011 kemarin mereka kembali dengan single “Music (Dance With Me)” yang terdengar dancey dan berwarna lebih uplifting dibanding lagu sebelumnya serta tampil di Baybeats Festival di Singapura dengan tambahan satu personel, Ferdi Salim di synths/keyboard. Suatu prestasi tersendiri bagi band yang saat itu belum merilis album dan belum dikenal bahkan oleh publik di negeri sendiri. Berkat ulasan bagus dari media dalam dan luar negeri, nama mereka perlahan semakin dikenal dan mereka memutuskan untuk lebih serius dalam bermusik dengan merilis self-titled EP berisi 4 lagu dan tampil di berbagai kesempatan seperti HelloASEAN 2011 di Nusa Dua, Bali dan acara 811 Show di Metro TV. - Nylon Magazine Indonesia


Discography

2011 - Protocol Afro EP (Indische Partij Records, Indonesia)
2012 - Singles (February Records, USA)

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Protocol Afro is a band from Jakarta, that branding their music as “alternative inconsistent-pop” (due to the nature of the different variations of pop music they create). Protocol Afro live performance known specially because energetic performance by their vocalist.

Protocol Afro’s first break was when their first ever 2 recorded songs, “Maling” & “Radio”, were played by local radio (Trax FM Jakarta) and overseas Internet radio (Traxx Radio Brisbane, Australia) in 2010. “Radio” even made to the number 1 spot of Trax FM Jakarta’s Indopendent chart , was included in Trax Magazine’s indie music compilation, Traxound, and also highlighted by French music media, IndieRockMag.com.

In 2011, the band achieved several milestones, such as releasing their first ever EP, self-titled, with the band’s third single, “Music (Dance With Me)”. Another milestone was, Protocol Afro were invited to perform overseas for the first time, at Baybeats Festival, Singapore’s international indie music festival, alongside Bangkutaman, Buddhistson (Japan), Tenderfist (MY), Noughts and Exes (HK), and many others. Furthermore, the band were also invited to play at Hello ASEAN in Nusa Dua, Bali, alongside Agrikulture, EGRV, Liyana Fizi (MY), Riot !n Magenta (SG), and many others. To close the year, Protocol Afro achieved another milestone, whereby the band were given the chance to perform on national TV for the first time, on 811 Show Metro TV.

In 2012, Protocol Afro was featured in NYLON Magazine Indonesia as one of their 10 Local Music Heroes of 2012. Also, one of the band's songs, "Music (Dance With Me)", was featured in the October 2012 edition of P+M Magazine, a unique photo & music magazine from Japan. The same song was nominated as Best Pop Song at VIMA Awards 2013, an independent music award based in Malaysia.