Stay True Sounds: Beat Series Part 1 [Compilation]


Kid Fonque’s label Stay True Sounds released its first compilation in its “Beat Series”. Compiled by Daev Martian and Kid Fonque, the series aims to showcase the landscape of the local underground sound. The compilation features 13 tracks from artists who are visionaries and leading the underground sound.

It also shows off the versatility in the scene and its exponential growth. It features the delicate, wavy sounds of Hi-Lux, the emotive and future beat vibrations of GinaJeanz, the hip hop inspired sounds of Raiko, and the bass heavy roar of Kymac and Tsukudu.

  • The compilation is available for purchase on Apple Music here.




La Soulchyld: “Don’t Fall Asleep” [New Release]

La Soulchyld-Dont fall asleep

La Soulchyld turns Missy Elliot’s “Sock it to me” into a tropical masterpiece with his version of the classic. As his moniker suggests, the Rwandan producer adds copious amounts of soul and unshakeable rhythm into this track.

La Soulchyld approaches the original confidently, and sprinkles elements of future bass and house onto it. “Don’t Fall Asleep” feels like a Sunday drive as you don’t want it to end, and a wave of content knocks you off your feet.

Listen/download “Don’t Fall Asleep” below:

Hyphen: Overly Ready Mix


South African drum and bass titan Hyphen, created a 52 minute mix in honor of some of the fallen events that served as a platform for 140 bpm rhythms. The ever so incomparable Cold Turkey, Leggo and the legendary Step Up were events that helped mould Cape Town’s bass scene.

It gave artists and listeners a space to come together and revel in their love for the music. We’ll forever be grateful for these events and the people behind them, for the impact they’ve had, and continue to have.

Listen/download the mix below:

KaeB: Interview


Johannesburg-based producer KaeB is one of the most exciting and interesting producers right now. KaeB’s re-works are incredible, each with its own personality and authenticity.

He began a movement called #CozyFridays where he releases a new track every Friday. We spoke to him about #CozyFridays, his career so far and what else we can expect from him this year. He also graced us with an exclusive mix of all original tracks.


When did you begin producing?

I started producing in 2010, most of the time I was finding my way using Fruity. Trial and error is how I taught myself to make music. 7 years later I am here getting better and better.

Your re-works are something else. How do you approach re-working a track and putting your own touch on it?

The ideas are honestly just spontaneous. I always focus on songs that I grew up listening to. The throwback feeling you get from listening to tracks. The goal with the re-works was me wanting to add my own modern touch to music that inspired me – all the beats have to have a particular bounce, which we call Mzansi Mnandi. You can only get it in South Africa.

How did the idea of #CozyFridays come about?

It was really just an idea that came about to strengthen my confidence, get people to listen and build a fan base. I always had a problem with my confidence when it came to my music. I was tired of waiting for people to put me on, so I decided to embark on this journey.

Listen to “FLWR” by KaeB below:


How have you found the #CozyFridays experience so far?

My fan base has grown and more opportunities to collaborate with other artists have opened up for me. The campaign has made it easier for me to create. I do not need to sit on a particular idea for too long now and have built up the ability to focus on creating whatever comes to mind as soon as the idea springs up.

Who are your biggest musical influences locally and internationally?

My foundation is definitely local and proudly South African. My influences are Lundi Tymara, Selaelo Selota, Jimmy Dludlu, Zim Ngqawana, Bhudaza, SanKomota, Joe Nina, Thandiswa Mazwai, Ringo, Lebo Mathosa, Freshly Ground, Mdu Masilela, Mandla Spikiri. I am probably the biggest Madlib fan and J Dilla was super influential in my journey in music. Also jazz artists like Miles Davis, Hugh Masikela and Thelonius Monk.

What’s the biggest positive to come from #CozyFridays?

My brand awareness is becoming stronger and more people from my country are showing love. For a long time, most of the love I received was from international folks and now that’s slowly changing with more people from home getting to know my work.

Listen to “Feel” Kaeb’s re-work of the 2005 hit “How do you feel” by TK:


Name a local producer we should be listening to right now?

B1, Buli, Tsukudu, Rendition, Sage Hitomi, Tweezy, Dellz and Rasco.

What prompted you to create the Rework EP?

My love for kwaito music, particularly because I feel like that era went by too fast.


Which local artists would you love to collaborate with?

Hugh Masikela and Espacito. I am currently head-hunting a lot of local producers to work with.

What else can we expect from you this year?

My group called XMPL which I am in with Joburg-based rapper Bringo. I have a lot of collaborations in the pipeline with some really dope artists and I am also gonna start DJing.

Listen to the exclusive mix below:

Phizicist ft Cartography: “Be Kind” [Single Release]


Phizicist reveals a softer side with his latest track “Be Kind”. The liquid drum and bass track features the incredibly dreamy vocals of Oregan-based Cartography.

Known for creating intense and hard-hitting tracks, Phizicist effortlessly balances intensity and delicacy with this track. The enchanting vocals of Cartography dance in synchronicity with Phizicist’s stellar production. The two seamlessly intertwine, and are equals in making the track as great as it is.

Listen/download “Be Kind” below:

Buli: “Lost In The Void” [EP Interview]


One of South Africa’s most unrivaled producers, Buli has mastered the art of the ambient electronic sound. His music is moving, and conjures up some of our deepest emotions. The 21-year-old creates every track with a level of maturity and emotional intelligence that far exceeds his age. He’s been producing since he was 13, and Lost In the Void is his forth EP. We spoke to Buli about the greatest moment of his career so far, the reason behind the EP’s name and what inspires his creative process.

                                                                                                                      Buli. Picture by Francois Maritz.

The title of the EP is quite ominous. What’s the reason behind the name?

 I just thought it was a fitting name to the overall “dark” feel of the EP as well as the art accompanying it. Shout out to Seth Pimentel (IG: @african_ginger) for being to be able to take the idea I had in mind and turn it into something “tangible”.

How long have you been working on this EP?

These tracks were made around the time I just released Feels. So I’ve been sitting with them since then and only decided to wrap them up a few months ago . The EP has been done for a while now.


What brought about releasing it through I Suppose Ja?

 Well, isupposeja is Vox Portent’s label…that’s the homie. I figured it would be a good fit as my sound fits with the whole “vibe” of the label.


Are there any collaborations on this EP?

A few, but I’m going to keep that under wraps.


What’s been the greatest moment of your career so far?

 Playing at OppiKoppi is still by far one of the greatest things I’ve ever experienced. Being on the same line up as Teebs for Low End Theory (when they came down in April) is
definitely something I’ll never forget. Teebs’ set was heavenly bro…

Your music is very emotive and ambient. Is there a reason you gravitated towards this style?

Well, that’s mostly because I started making the music I make as “Buli” around the same time I started listening to Tycho and Nosaj Thing. Tycho’s music has been a major influence in terms of trying to create the same or equivalent feel his music gives off. His music is very ambient and makes me feel like I’m lucid dreaming. That’s the feel I’m trying to give off with some songs.

What inspires your creative process?

A lot of things … it’s hard for me to explain with words. Sometimes these songs I made out of “habit”.  Usually visual shit sets off my creative process. Like I think of scenes in my head where the song would fit. Sometimes I just have an idea in mind and I just want to explore it.

What is the one thing you’re looking forward to with the release of this EP?

As with every release, I just want people to listen to it and take it from it whatever they want to. I hope they really dig it.

J.Robb: “Trash mix of trash beats” [Mix]


Baltimore-based producer and DJ j. robb is a musical phenomenon. Known for his re-works, flips and remixes of classic hip hop and r&b songs, j.robb is a producer that’s taking on the world one track at a time.

With a forward-thinking sound and musical palette, the 18-year-old’s audience is consistently growing. This mix is pure bliss and explores varied textures of hip hop, r&b and future beats. It’s is over an hour long and consists of unreleased music from the young producer, and is guaranteed to make a few thousand more j.robb fans.

Listen/download the mix below:

KAEB: “Feel” [New release]


Johannesburg-based producer KaeB releases a new track every Friday on his SoundCloud page. He calls this initiative #CozyFridays, and it’s had a significant impact on the amount of plays he’s received and his recognition as a producer.

Last Friday he released “Feel”, the monumental track where he re-worked the 2005 hit “How do you feel” from the late r&b singer and SAMA award-winner TK. The original is an undisputed local classic, that has the same impact and energy as it did when it was released. Taking a track like this and attempting to make it your own is not an easy task, however KaeB rises to the occasion does just that.


This version takes the listener back in time, and creates a massive sense of nostalgia. At the same time it’s also an effective representation of what’s happening in music now. KaeB slowed its pace down and added a chunky 808 bassline to it. A classic trap drumline was also included, giving it an edgy feel and emphasising its slowed pace. A dramatic and moving atmosphere is brought across by the trumpet synths, which also help tie all the elements together. These elements follow the lead of TK’s vocals and are pristinely layered over the vocals too.

The genius lies within the simplicity of the track, and that KaeB chose to focus on key elements like the melody and vocals. Being a fan of the original and associating it with great memories, I’m happy to say this re-work does it justice and has me gleaning with pride and nostalgia.

Listen to “F E E L” below:

Stiff Pap: “Amagroovist” [GinaJeanz Remix]

Stiff Pap x GinaJeanz. Photograph by Ashiq Johnson.

Stiff Pap is the name that’s been rolling off tongues since last year October, when the duo released their debut track “Dlala”. The Cape Town-based act of electronic producer Jakinda and rapper AyemaProbllem, combine elements of gqom, kwaito, house and electronic music with their hair-raising creations.

Stiff Pap. Photograph by Ashiq Johnson.

As part of Kwaai-Fi, GinaJeanz remixed Stiff Pap’s intense and cheeky track “Amagroovist” that was released in February. The original is described as future gqom on Stiff Pap’s  SoundCloud page. It breaks ground and creates it at the same time.

GinaJeanz. Photograph by Ashiq Johnson.

GinaJeanz takes the beautiful chaos of “Amagroovist”, and creates a track that surpasses genre and has an enthralling flow to it. Her approach is subtler compared to the original, however not making it any less masterful. The GinaJeanz stamp is firmly placed on the original, as she morphs it into a volcanic concoction of trap, and rhythmic future beat elements. The melody and synths are both lush and refreshing, and brings across the right dosage of attitude and confidence. Like Stiff Pap, she’s a visionary and this remix proves why she’s the queen of future beats right now.

Listen to the remix below:

DJ Maramza: “5 Tiger” [Fernando Remix]


Kwaai-Fi is back with a brand new remix from Fernando, the up-and-coming Cape Town-based producer that’s making waves with his hip hop-centric beats. He remixed DJ Maramza’s “5 Tiger”, a house, kwaito and future beat infused track from the EP Low Magic released last year.


Heavily influenced by hip hop and producers Madlib and J Dilla, Fernando’s love for the genre is reflected in everything he creates. The remix not only articulates his love for hip hop, but why he’s a producer that deserves all your attention.

Fernando effortlessly melts together hip hop, future beat and bass elements with the remix. It’s raw and unassuming, and can be described as a hybrid between lo-fi, kwaito and house. Several layers of the original are peeled back. Despite this, the groove remains unshakeable, and it’s immensely compelling. The remix gives us a peek into Fernando’s seemingly limitless ingenuity. It’s a brave feat remixing a DJ Maramza original, but this remix confidently stands its ground.

Listen to the remix below: