There is a lot to be proud of in this week’s feature. We have a showcase of a broad spectrum of artists from mainstream pop hits to young beat producers who are set to have a huge impact on the eco-system of the local music industry.
Now, more than ever, we should be embracing the artists that are forging paths in the international market and garnering the right attention. The music is speaking and we should all be listening.
Dillon Bhana – Us
We featured this pop enigma last year, and it’s no secret that our Ed is obsessed with him. And for good reason. When it comes to making a good pop song, its not as simple as it seems. You have to be catchy without being cheesy, you need a beat that is accessible but not filled with tired, overused samples. And this, much like his tracks before, ticks all the right boxes. And if we have anything to with it, this kid is going to be in everyone’s ears very soon.
KaeB and Enkei – On Fire
A celebration of women, their beauty and their divine presence in the world. This beat is complex but entirely groovy. The combination of these new generation artists has resulted in a product that is a much at home on a mixtape as it would be in the club. A great balance to achieve when making an impression on a new audience. I just wish the track was a little longer, but i guess that’s why the repeat function exists.
Bonolo Thomas – Bongo Bailish
I first encountered Bonolo in September 2018 when she partook in a producer workshop in Johannesburg. Quietly confident in the work she produces, if you weren’t paying attention you would just pass her off as shy. But she has strong production skills and a great understanding of mood, structure and groove. This Baile Funk inspired track is a burner.
Angel-Ho – Death Becomes Her
Waking up this morning, your feed was probably filled with the news that Solange has released an album while we were all sleeping. But more exciting is that our own homegrown diva is finally releasing her album through Hyperdub Records. It’s every inch as high-energy and disruptive as we hoped and we should be incredibly proud of the evolution of Angel-Ho and what she is doing for South African music, and the LGBTQ community, in the global market.
GuiltyBeatz, Mr Eazi & Kwesi Arthur – Pilolo feat. NAM1 & Bank of Ghana
A fresh offering from Ghana, GulityBeatz brings us the follow up to his 2018 hit Akwaaba which took Ghana and Africa by storm. It’s a quick fire hit that features opening bars from young rapper Kwesi Arthur and the infectious hook from Mr Eazi. It has everything in place to be a dancefloor sensation and is definitely a track to keep on your playlist so you’re ready to bust out when you hear it in the club.