Zuks: “340ml” [New Release]

 

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Photograph:  @shalatheunicorn [Instagram]

Have you ever thought Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” instrumental and Thandiswa Mazwai’s belting vocals would be a magical pairing? Well, I’m afraid neither have we but Zuks has.

He pairs the iconic “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” melody and rhythm with 340ml’s “Make it Happen” featuring South African singer Thandiswa Mazwai. “Make it Happen” is an undisputed South African classic that was released in 2008 from the Mozambican ska and reggae band’s album Sorry for the Delay. 

“340ml” begins unassumingly with the instrumental, and 30 seconds in Thandiswa’s monumental voice steals the show, leaving you in a state of blissful confusion. The rest of the track flows like a dream, with the instrumental and vocals weaving so intricately with one another that it’s easy to forget they were once separate entities.

Listen to “340 ml” below:

 

Gina Jeanz: “F L A V O U R ‘The Mix'” [New Release]

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Gina Jeanz is making your transition from work mode into weekend mode absolutely effortless with her latest mix. “Flavour ‘The Mix'” is her first upload in four months on her SoundCloud page. It sees her explore the sounds of bass-heavy baile rhythms, afro-beats, future beats and everything in between.

The mix includes remixes of Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer”, Wiz Khalifa’s “We Dem Boyz”, Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” and more. In the description she mentions the mix is “for days when you need that extra boost, a party starter, gym work out”. So go ahead, add some flavour to your day you won’t regret it.

Listen to “F l a v o u r ‘The Mix'” below:

ECHLN x IIndman: “Good to You” ft Shirah Cheezer [Single Release]

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          Artwork: IIndman

“Good to You” is a sassy number and the first single released off ECHLN and IIndman’s upcoming EP Never Ready. It tells a story of an intense love affair where you want to spend every second with your lover, and show them just how deep your affection runs.

The track can be described as new-age r&b as it has a future beat influence yet is grounded in traditional r&b. It’s a sensual yet whimsical track that incorporates soul soothing rhythms with Shirah’s hypnotic vocals. Powerful percussions dominate throughout, and are accompanied by playful synths which add to its flirtatious nature. The effortless synergy between the production and Shirah is remarkable, and boasts the strengths of the two producers.

There’s no doubt this track will translate with ease onto the dancefloor this summer and evoke feelings of nostalgia, sensuality and bliss. Be present for a few minutes by allowing “Good to You” to take you on a care-free, serene journey, and thank the musical gods for this ECHLN and IIndman union.

Listen to “Good to You”:

LAKIM releases three new tracks on his birthday

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It was LAKIM’s 29th birthday on Monday, and he blessed us with not one but three new tracks. The Soulection heavyweight and all round incredible artist is known for his inventive remixes and edits, as well as his formidable production skills.

He brings Wiley’s “Flying” down a notch and creates a less manic more approachable version. He collaborated with El Blanco Nino on a high intensity footwork and juke number, and the third track boosts a Gucci Mane freestyle with a delicate touch.

Listen to “wiley_b_flyin”:

 

Listen to “jackie juke”:

 

Listen to “big_gucc_la_flare”:

 

 

 

ECHLN x IIndman: “Good to you” ft Shirah Cheezer [Upcoming release]

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Two of South Africa’s most dynamic producers ECHLN and IIndman have teamed up on a spellbinding new single titled “Good to You”. The track features the mesmerising vocals of Cape Town-based artist Shirah Cheezer.

 “Good to You” is a cheeky love ballad with an irresistible groove and rhythm. It will be released on Friday, 16 November with UK-based record label Shimmy Records. It’s the first track to be released in a series that’s part of a collaborative EP between the two producers titled Never Ready. 

Never Ready will be breaking new ground as the entire EP won’t be released all at once. Instead, each track will be released individually over the next few months, each with different record labels from all over the globe. Individually ECHLN and IIndman have proven to be in a class of their own. And now with their upcoming EP they’re bound to be an unstoppable force.

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Artwork: IIndman

 

 

SKinniez: “Inhale / Exhale” [Album]

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SKinniez pours his heart into his latest offering and debut album “Inhale / Exhale”. The album takes his innovation to the next level and proves that his talent is truly boundless. Split into two parts it takes you on a journey of emotional highs and lows.

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“Inhale” ~ Artwork: Kevin Radebe

Inhale is the first half of the ten track album and takes you on a journey of introspection  and self-discovery. It mirrors a deep awakening and creates the building blocks for change to take place.

Inhale begins with “Cold air” an ambient track that oozes quiet confidence and serenity. It’s quite subdued compared to his usual robust sound, and eases you into the cathartic, meditative atmosphere of Inhale. The second track “Walk / Lightspeed” picks things up a bit and has a sense of confusion bouncing throughout. It includes the infamous distortions SKinniez loves, and the sound of water is prominent suggesting a cleansing is taking place. “Swim” feels like a continuation of “Walk / Lightspeed” and is all over the place in the beginning emphasising the state of confusion. Towards the end the sound of water takes centre stage creating the idea that things are becoming clearer and a new beginning is near.

The title track “Inhale” features Joburg-based producer Agord Nova. “Inhale” creates the sense that a breakthrough is being made as things begin to slowly fall into place. Deep breaths are also heard throughout the groove laden beat. Afrikaaps lyricist Jitsvinger makes an appearance on Inhale’s final track. “Jitsvinger Radio/ Static” has a chunky bassline and hip hop inspired beat that combined with Jitsvinger’s warm, comforting tone brings Inhale full circle.

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“Exhale”~ Artwork: Kevin Radebe

Exhale is the final stages of the awakening. Its intensity, chaotic and unpredictable nature allude to the painful side of transformation and growth.

The opening track is titled “Balance” and begins with an extract of a discussion. Out of nowhere you’re thrown into a sonic rabbit hole of intertwined, warped frequencies that sound like several tracks colliding, but it’s SKinniez so not only does it work, it excels. “Tight chest” like its predecessor is quite dark. It has a crazed bassline and pulls you in with its mania; while “Party in Brazil” eases the tension with its baile influence. “Now” keeps the synergy balanced by bridging the gap between pain and enlightenment. “Oxygen” concludes the masterpiece, and features Joburg-based producer KAEB. And just like with all transformation and growth it has a sense of clarity and peace to it.

The enormity and brilliance of this album is astonishing. The emotional aspect is hard to ignore, and whether or not it’s an extension of its creator, it will have a deep connection to many if it doesn’t already. The crazy thing is I have a hunch this album is only scratching the surface of his talent.

Stream/ purchase Inhale:

 

Stream/ purchase Exhale:

Stay True Sounds: Beat Series Part 1 [Compilation]

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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: