I’m not sure if it was a happy side-effect of having the World Cup here, but South Africa’s music profile internationally is sky high right now, particularly the bass-heavy, tonally-twisted music we dig at Generation Bass!
Here are a few recent examples of this audio assault on the interweb that are well worth checking out, starting with the in-vogue Shangaan Electro sound we picked up on a couple of months ago. Honest Jon’s breakneck compilation, ‘Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa’, has received a glowing appraisal on Pitchfork (and an 8.3 rating) – here’s a sample quote referring to the popular YouTube clips that sprung up around the phenomenon: “Full of sick dance moves, which feature lots of heavily torqued wiggling and actions that look like something a man might do after just discovering a leech on his balls.” Now doesn’t that sound like it’s worth a read?!
Pitchfork’s Grime/Dubstep columnist Martin Clark (from the excellent Blackdown blog) also recently wrote about ‘the South African influence is seeping into the London bass matrix‘ noting that, “In the summer of 2010, there is a hitherto buried South African influence emerging across the pirate airwaves.” The astute piece features an interview with Gen Bass fave Spoek Mathambo, whose new ‘Mshini Wam’ album and remix package is thrilling brilliant (a link to a download of the title track and video are below) – the full interview with Spoek is available on Blackdown here.
Another of Generation Bass’ favourite South Africans (even if he is originally from Wigan!), Jumping Back Slash, just received a very favourable write-up in DJ Mag for his “Ibhithi” album, and you can check the piece on the Pollinate ‘site. Finally, DJ Mag have also just uploaded a podcast from JBS cohort and half of the great Steak House, Hanuman. It features plenty of South African rhythms in amongst the other ‘ruffnek’ beats, including tracks from DJ Cleo, DJ Mujava and Big Nuz.
Download: Spoek Mathambo – “Mshini Wam” (via XLR8R – Direct Link)
Download: Hanuman’s Steaktone Karnival Mix (Direct Link)