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Yet another musical child has been propelled forward from beneath the creative umbrella agency The Cult of Maybe, this time in the form of Capetonian hip hop duo Ursus & Wolf.
Featuring remixes of tracks from their debut offering “What Now”, the EP boasts collaboration with both Yum Yuck (Pascal Righini of the Plastics’ offshoot project) and Pretoria-based Shibule Ndhambi (Buli), amongst others.
This amalgamation of varying influences results in a wonderfully abstract project whose sound, although striking, is difficult to tie neatly in at the edges – and I have a feeling this is exactly their aim. ‘No Help’ (ft. Yum Yuck) strikes a stark parallel between Righini’s silky, tinkling synth contributions and the blunted rap verses of Ursus & Wolf. Layered vocals and ‘80s-style, distorted electronic work results in a wonderfully haphazard musical collage of sorts. Stripped down and whimsically ambient, ‘Collate’ (ft. Buli) builds a simplistic, flowing foundation beneath which Nick Trethowan’s vocals slip in and out of the limelight.
‘Floating Mirror’ juxtaposes an instrumental rock sound with a heady drum and bass progression, navigating the EP in a suddenly danceable direction, while ‘Moons Away’ boasts a blatant, bass-driven mix. Opening on a title-appropriate ethereal synth riff, dulled and effected vocals take to the forefront within seconds. The distance, space-cadet-esque opening carries through calmly as a warped baseline drops and breaks, heaving ahead.
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Listen to “Remix EP” below on Soundcloud.