“Spoek” is South African slang for “ghost” – and Spoek Mathambo is a scarily excellent emcee whose skills are being spread far and (world)wide right now.
Heavily featured on Generation Bass already (check my recent Biscope post), Mathambo collaborates with Sibot as Playdoe, Markus Wormstorm as Sweat.X, Richard The Third as Moleke Mbembe and he’s contributed vocals to this blog’s fave band Schlachtofbronx, as well as rapped on cuts by Malente & Dex (their “Habibi” EP is currently top of the German Dance Chart), Douster, Djedjotronic, Evil Nine – the list goes on.
On his wicked Zombo (“Notes From Spice Island”) blog, Spoek describes himself as, “Part of a new breed of African artists… a rapper and graphic designer/illustrator [who is] hitting the world hard with his take on Afro-futurism.”
And we’re not gonna argue: he’s involved in some of the most exciting music happening in these parts at the moment and the international interest he’s attracting is unprecedented for an African emcee. He’s got a debut full-length due out on BBE Records later this year, but here are some goodies to tide you over until then.
Via the Red Bull Studio ZA blog, here’s a piece of “industrial-grade electro dubstep”: an exclusive H.I.V.I.P. (his deejaying moniker) rework of “Germs” – essentially Spoek rapping over Sibot’s “They Push It Back”:
And adding more sonic scrap iron to the heavy metal that’s been going down (and down to the dancefloor!) on Generation Bass lately, Bonde Do Rôle producer DJ Chernobyl has concocted a scorching mix of Schlachthofbronx´s “Ayoba” featuring Spoek and Gnucci Banana. It’s (head)banging…
Schlachthofbronx – Too High feat. Big Space & Spoek Mathambo:
Sweat.X – Big Hospital:
And for those lucky enough to be in Johannesburg this weekend, Spoek’s cohorts Sibot and Markus Wormstorm are supporting London’s bassbin-wrecking A1 Bassline at The Woods – event details here and A1 Bassline’s sexy video for “Bad Man Horror Theme” here.
In anticipation of next week’s post, a cool kwaito mix from Pollinate Records’ Cape Town-based bass-jacker Jumping Back Slash (whose ‘Ibithi’ release has just dropped) on the Steak House Records blog.