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Fresh Flex Friday #17

Your weekly dose of must-hear tracks from SA artists.

25 Aug 2017 / Opinion / written by Angela Weickl

We’re about to head into September, which traditionally means its almost Spring. Birth of new life, re-imaginings and endless days of sunshine. We’re not quite there yet, but this week’s selection of artists have all somehow offered us a slice of their own shine to get us through the day. Fuzzy desert rock guitars, wonky basslines, epic vocals and offbeat drum structures are here to welcome us into the weekend.

Sean Munnick – Shining

You often run the risk of alienating your listeners when sampling songs that have been remixed and sampled countless times in the past, but the beauty of Munnick is his production style can always present a fresh perspective to any sample. That is the case with this track, and we could all use some extra sunshine today.

Das Kapital x Nnamdi – #DBXZA ft. Nonku Phiri & Mashayabhuqe KaMamba

This Dubai / South Africa collaboration for the latest PUMA #RunTheStreets campaign features a killer vocal combination of the inimitable Nonku Phiri and rapper Mashayabhuque, with a drum signature you cannot mistake for anyone’s influence other than Das Kapital. Rolling basslines and ambient chords progress this track into a certified trap banger.

Buli – Gravity (Leeu’s Ant-Gravity Remix)

What an auditory treat. The ambient genius of Buli re-imagined by the one person i feel could do his music the most justice on a remix. Leeu has innate ability for story telling within his music, and this remix is a perfect representation of the other side of the coin.

Clark Blanche – Offbeat Chrome

Erratic drum rhythms that make perfect sense within their chaos, Clark has a knack for harnessing the power of unstructured structure, this new beat is a prime example.

Parabyl – Marginalism

The more I hear Parabyl, the more I realize how devastating his future is going to be. The vast array of styles he is currently developing an acumen for means you never know what to expect, but its always going to more than a pleasant surprise. I’ve said it a few time, but keep your eyes and ears open for this artist.

Monstroid – Navigator

Classic stoner desert rock vibes straight out of Cape Town. Fuzzy basslines, noisy guitars, strong and heavily reverbed vocals with signature harmonies. No point in messing with the formula if the result is always killer.