Review

Mx Blouse just dropped their Re: Mx EP and it’s pretty much revolutionising kwaito

Mx Blouse has always been one to push the envelope – and pushing past the perceived norms of who they should be as a young, black, non-binary person, to find their own musical identity, Re: Mx (pronouced “remix”) is, at its core, a textured and experimental celebration of kwaito.

Taking a genre which is an intrinsic aspect of South African heritage – and let’s face it, nothing can rep true SA dance music better than some solid kwaito – Sandiso Ngubane takes the classic boom-bap leanings of the genre and turns them on their heads.

Chiming piano, percussion and pop lead in the opening “Supernatural”: a Tzara collab pivoted off resilience and comic-inspired tour-de-force – while the bass and baritone “Papgeld” inject a dose of gqom into the mix. Cut to “Isikokela” for proof that even within a submerged, minimalist sound they shine.

Backed by two sizzling local producers, Thor Rixon and Parabyl, who were integral in shaping the EP into the slickly engineered bite of neo-kwaito experimentalism it is, Mx Blouse is owning it with this release and I will say no more.