Review

CAPECLUB’s compilation album, Wild In July, has a social cause to back its wild diversity

Meet CAPECLUB: a record label and collective helping producers, artists and writers out from the fringes of their respective scenes. They’ve just put out a compilation tape, Wild In July, featuring some of SA’s next shining musos, and after giving the album a listen, I’m sold. It has strength in numbers, and celebrates the vast musical diversity that comes with that. 

CAPECLUB felt now was the right time to put something like this out into the world. They’re using the release as an opportunity to donate profits to womxn, trans individuals and queer folk affected by gender based violence, as well as to organisations such as SWEAT and Saartjie Baartman. Moreover, with the music industry feeling the full force of COVID-19, and artists taking unimaginable strain, this album just serves as a reminder of the hope we find in unity. 

Throughout the project, highlights include “Rigting” by Beardur, opening the album with mellow beauty, “Heart Automatic” (feat. Sumo Jac) by Omar Morto, a forceful layering of sound, and “Here” by Inaudible Jack, a serious club groove. The album also features tracks by the likes of Surreal Sessions, Ripchord, Dovewax, Ethan Crowie, Bobbi Jay and more. 

Their social conscience is backed by a line-up of standout tracks. While predominantly electronic, Wild In July is driven by a wild experimentalism that gives it nuance above nuance for a cause.