The Blunted Stuntman aka Leyton Smith is a permanent fixture on the South African electro-funk circuit, and he’s as passionate about breakbeat music (from jump-up jungle and nasty-frequency breaks to renegade-snare garage and Ninja Tune-style audio dope) as he is about local varieties of groove goodness.
He manages to balance these twin interests in a couple of ways: by night he bombards dancefloors with fierce beats that have global reach; by day he battles away working in the music industry – and inserts a bit of distortion into big business’s all-too-safe slipstream.
As a DJ, The Blunted Stuntman has amassed plenty party cred spinning in SA’s most essential venues, and he’s always infusing his frenzy-inducing breaks with some homegrown flavour. Smith also makes a difference from his offices at Soul Candi Records, the largest independent supplier and compiler of dance music in the country.
For over a decade, he’s been finding tracks for and refining a series he calls “Breakin’ ZA”. Essentially a showcase of the best beat freaks in the country, Vol. 1 came out as a limited edition CD over ten years ago; Vol. 2 is a DJ mix available on MixCloud, and Vol. 3 will be commercially available via Soul Candi soon.
Today however I’d like to point you in the direction of The Blunted Stuntman‘s new ‘Voodoo Sessions’ set, which he sums up as, “Pulling out all the stops, this has got Breaks, House, Garage, Dub… and one of the biggest selections of South African beats I have used.”
In his notes “The Stuntman” also marvels at a phenomenon we’ve been discussing on Generation Bass for a while: “How amazing [it is] that the rest of the world has taken to the tribal drumming of Africa, and how [he] can now play Julio Bashmore and Doc Daneeka amongst our own DJ Fresh & Euphonik.”
However, making a combination of kwaito-influenced house and international bass music sound like a natural match can be tricky. ‘Cross-cultural pollination’ is a common buzz-phrase for global bass-heads right now – this is the first time I’ve heard it emerge effectively from my own back yard.
And only someone with the Stuntman’s unerring passion, knowledge and determination could have pulled it off – Big up, Blunted!