This is my first official post as a resident of Johannesburg and, much like I may have waxed lyrical for months on my social media, the level of diversity and vibrant energy is unmatched. The creative industries are thriving and innovative, which is inspiring to immerse yourself in. That doesn’t stop this week’s feature from being predominantly Cape Town-based and absolutely killing it at that. My aim is to deliver more content across all cities as I learn more about my new home and what’s on offer.
Messive Muzik – Life After Music EP
Formed by prolific Cape Town producer Siphe Tebeka, a solo artist in his own right and one half of STAB Virus, Messive Muzik is a Cape Town-based electronic act consisting of Fundile Makeleni, Zingisa April and Lizwi Nyandu. Their first release via Ambious Records is a serendipitous match of calibre, style and forward thinking music that the label has set as a firm precedent with previous releases. The 3-track offering is a journey through deep, rolling grooves with a clear understanding of the poignance of tension building and energy exchanges between the music and it’s listener and eventually, the dancefloor on which it will be played.
Driemanskap – Give a Wh?t feat Youngsta CPT
By far one of South Africa’s most engaging and challenging vernacular rap crews, Driemanskap constantly deliver electric flows and tackle critical content. This offering features a guest verse from YoungstaCPT, delivered with sheer power and vehemence. This track is the new single off their forthcoming album, “Hlala Nam”.
Tholwana – Why Don’t You
The winner of SA’s Got Talent in 2014 has released a new single off her album, 2015 (due for release in June), named after the year proceeding her win. ‘Why Don’t You’ displays strong vocal delivery from the singer accompanied by the recognizable beat structure currently influencing mainstream pop hits.
X14 – TWENTYFIFTEEN
The latest release from Wet Dreams Recordings, the JHB label that is home to the likes of Rose Bonica and Big Space. X14 pronounced Z-I-A, disillusioned with the climate of electronic music, found a way to create the music they wanted to while maintaining distance from being dragged into the undertow of the negativity. This offering is gritty, raw and unrelenting much like the city that inspired its disdain.
Jumping Back Slash – Driving Without Lights (Parabyl Bootleg)
One of my favourite new generation producers having a go at the work of one of the most prolific and devastating music producers I’ve ever had the pleasure of encountering. I can appreciate the perspective and the guts to tackle this, but nothing beats the original. It is still definitely worth the listen.
MA-AT – Nursing Serpents
We tend to forget that the metal scene, and all it’s incarnations, is still rumbling strong and powerful in the underground. This stoner metal offering from Cape Town-based MA-AT is a firm reminder that we should branch out more often and pay attention to what these bands are composing, classic track reaching just over 7 minutes, there is a journey that is worth the time spent.
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