Review

Roscosteazy’s debut EP Antisocial lays claim to SA’s genre of the moment: amapiano

If Roscosteazy’s debut EP Antisocial is anything – it’s a sign of the times, celebrating SA’s genre of the moment: amapiano. 

Hlumelo Gose (aka Roscosteazy) started producing in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. The heart of his talent is heavily influenced by the music his father used to play for him, ranging from the likes of Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya to Brenda Fassie, taking the sounds of SA’s well-loved icons and turning it all into new-wave house music. 

He’s also one of the first musicians to sign under the newly formed label, Space Sounds, who aims to expose raw talent from the underground streams, and Antisocial might just be the kick in the right direction they need. 

You’ll probably recognize the sample on opener “Hijack Stories” lifted straight from Netflix’s hit show, Money Heist, and while it may be somewhat of a gimmick, Roscosteazy aligns his production skills assuredly on this track. 

His tight percussion, modular synths and all-round groove carry the record, leaving no room for doubt. This is amapiano through and through. Trust these expansive rhythms to take you into the soul of this genre. And if you haven’t already, you may just find a love for it too.