Biscope is the brainchild of the Rumney brothers Richard (aka Richard The Third) and Robert (aka Twelv) and they’re concocting some serious bass science in their Johannesburg laboratory.

In their solo guises both have been creating sub-bass rumblings in South Africa and beyond: Richard The Third with his debut album; Robert alongside emcee Neo Matsau as Twelv & Thesis. But their future projects – and prospects – are looking very bright.


Pic: Biscope

On the strength of some slick original productions and superb dubstep bootlegs (of everyone from Jill Scott and Erykah Badu  to Burial and Nirvana, all available on their Soundcloud page), they’ve signed to South African label On A Break and their work is available on Beatport and Juno.

Richard just finished producing the majority of Playdoe/Sweat.X vocalist Spoek Mathambo’s upcoming ‘Spoek Mathambo and Mshini Wam’ project (a collab between the heralded emcee, Richard and drummer Jake Lipman), due for released on BBE in August. He also just worked with amazing Canadian singer Zaki Ibrahim on a scintillating track that’s stream-able below.


Pic: Zaki Ibrahim

Robert is no less busy, with his Twelv track “LSD Influence” making it into Beatport’s Top 100 Breakbeat chart, and rave reviews rolling in for his live performances and recorded work. You can download Twelv & Thesis’ debut EP for free on the Dankage website.

Twelv & Thesis

Pic: Twelv & Thesis

South Africa certainly isn’t a hotbed of dubstep action at he moment, with nights devoted to the style very rare. But there are some loudening murmurs on the production front, and many of the best examples are available on Richard The Third’s mixtape for essential South African DJ site listenup. The way these brothers are working it out, SA dubstep’s state of affairs may soon change…

Biscope – Dragonfly featuring Zaki Ibrahim

Biscope – Little Dragon Versus Burial Twice

Erykah Badu – Didn Cha Know (Biscope Boot)

Richard The ThirdShort Sharp Mixtape (ft. Sibot, Dank, Mujava, 340ml and more) [via listenup]

Twelv & ThesisThe First EP [via Dankage]


  • vince May 6, 2010

    nice one dexterity! great music AGAIN from SA!

  • Dexterity May 6, 2010

    Thanks Vince, sorry to blow the lid on DJ UMB’s South African music secrets but this stuff is just too good not to share!

  • dj umb May 6, 2010

    lol….yeah I have to agree with that but we could have waited perhaps a few more weeks just to allow me get a head start on…

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