We ease you into this week’s feature with deep and raw emotion before ambushing you with dark basslines and dancefloor burners. You’ll be ready to hit the club before your lunch break, and while I’d like to say I’m sorry I know I’m not because the sooner this weekend can begin, the better. Populate your playlists, pop those headphones in and get ready for the weekend. And if you’re off to one of the many incredible festivals happening this weekend, rave safe.
Jason Gladwin – Peach
A raw one-take recording of an emotionally honest new offering from Gladwin. I haven’t heard lyric construction of this high calibre, and in this genre, from a SA songwriter in a very long time. It made me tear up because the content is relatable and even though we know how these stories end, we still hope for some magic.
Camo feat J1TheGod – You Already Know (Remix)
You’re immediately greeted by an ominous bassline that rolls in waves throughout the entire track. This combination of vocals compliments each other powerfully, with the bars sitting comfortably in the undulating mix. You should be playing this track loud in your car, with the windows rolled down, driving around the city.
DJ Lag and Shekhinah – Anywhere We Go
While this may not be the most likely pairing of producer and vocalist, it’s pretty magnificent. Shekhinah’s voice deserves support from a beat that isn’t sickly sweet or overproduced. DJ Lag has worked incredibly hard to build his name around the world and will be able to access a completely new market in the audience that usually listens to Shekhinah’s music. This collaboration is for Adidas Night Jogger and is a beautiful piece of work that showcases both the brand and the artists involved on equal footing.
Patoranking – Open Fire feat. Busiswa
Nigeria meets South Africa in the latest offering. Busiswa’s powerful vocal performances witness her being featured on some of the best African dance music being released each year. The first track off Patoranking’s new album ‘Wilmer’ pays homage to more traditional Nigerian rhythms and instrumentation, without very much contemporary electronic music influence or heavier bass sounds.
Mafikizolo – Bathelele ft. Joy Denalane
After ironing out some details with their record label, Mafikizolo has released Bathelele, originally listed on their 2017 album. A showcase of powerful vocal performances and signature South African house rhythms that will guarantee chart status and a club hit next summer. If you can’t imagine yourself dancing to this track with a warm summer breeze hitting your skin then you need to reassess your party decisions.