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Review

Gangsterdam: Gangsterdam

6 Feb 2015 / Opinion, Review

With a name like Gangsterdam, you expect the music to sound like it crept out of a dark side-street in a dimly lit, seedy looking ghetto. Upon clicking play on their self-titled debut album, I rather expected some heavily distorted …

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Review

Bittereinder: Skerm

4 Feb 2015 / Opinion, Review

Recorded at Sleeproom Studios in Pretoria by Peach van Pletzen, and mastered in Los Angeles by Dave Cooley of Elysian Masters, Bittereinder’s third album is a top class offering with meticulous attention paid to every bass line, beat-drop …

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Kings Down South: Lost In The Fire

3 Feb 2015 / Opinion, Review

Nic Gaud is a stalwart of the reggae, ska and punk scene in Cape Town. As the lead singer of 7th Son he formed part of the narrative for a generation of ska anthems that remain timeless and helped nurture …

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Hot Water: Songoma

28 Jan 2015 / Opinion, Review

Nowadays, many of the new albums popping up sound so heavily produced that you have no idea what the band will sound like on a stage. Not How Water’s – from the first note you can hear that “Songoma” places …

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The Curious Incident: Penny Lonesome

27 Jan 2015 / Opinion, Review

From the first bar of ‘Money’, the first track on The Curious Incident’s brand new EP “Penny Lonesome” it’s clear that this up tempo, indie collective has produced something truly special.

Recorded at their personal rehearsal space and studio in Waterloo, …

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The Shabeen: The Shabeen EP

26 Jan 2015 / Opinion, Review

In prelude to listening to this EP, I hadn’t seen Jon Shaban or The Shabeen perform live. I had, however, read tweets and heard comments about the excellent show they deliver and the poignancy of Shaban’s lyrics. A precedent had …

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