Category Archives: Cape Town

Pure Solid – “Dub Lockdown” and set from Cold Turkey [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Pure Solid


Pure Solid is producer Damian Stephens (Dplanet) and VJ Anne-Sophie Leens (spo0ky). Together they create an intense audio-visual assault on the senses. Dplanet describes his musical style as ‘soundsytem music’, ‘robot army music’ or ‘dark’. This sound has influences of dub, grime, Detroit techno, Chicago house, acid, hip hop, juke and electro.  Spo0ky creates bespoke graphic design and video treatments that interpret and enhance the music, providing a powerful, immersive, hypnotic, audiovisual experience.  Check out the second track – Dub Lockdown – off their recent double EP Ghetto Dubs.


Cold turkey featured Pure Solid a few weeks ago, you can play or download their set.


By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC


Reigndear – Hurse [MUSIC]



Reigndear are a 3 piece experimental psychedelic folk band officially founded in Taiwan, January 2007, by South African brothers Kent Dylan & Wesley Jay as well as lifelong friend and multi-instrumentalist/producer Johnny Atterbury. Reigndear are a band who believe in the profound effects of music and they create a blend of music that is best described as “a nostalgic look at the present through the past & future” Starting January 2009 Reigndear began touring as a live duet in and around the greater Johannesburg area playing acclaimed venues such as The Bohemian, Tanz Cafe & Voodoo Lounge. In December 2009 Reigndear left Johannesburg for the sunny shores of Cape Town for four months, where they have been playing gigs at venues such as Zula, The Purple Turtle, Boo Radley’s & The Royal Albert Hall.  The band also released their first EP that same year and continued to travel to Taiwan and the United States to work on and promote their music.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC


Chianosky – “Sick Sick” [VIDEO]


Eighteen year old Chianosky has just released her catchy radio single, Sick-Sick.  Labeled as neo-jazz, the track has influences of electronic, jazz and pop.  I’m excited to see what lies ahead for this multi-talented musician.  She fell in love with music at the age of 10 and pursued her dream by transferring to The National Academy of the Arts to study contemporary music, while modeling for Star Model Management.  Originally from Cape Town, but now residing in Johannesburg, Chianosky is a promising young artist, I hope to hear many more tracks like Sick-Sick on the airwaves in South Africa and abroad.


By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Interview with Double Adapter [INTERVIEW]

Double Adapter

Recently I was lucky enough to be be able to interview Double Adapter, a thrash electro band out of South Africa.  The Johannesburg based duo has played at venues across South Africa, and just completed their European tour Adapt or Die.  Dan and Tim are fun loving, extremely talented artists, who are passionate about both their music and visual art.  Read on to learn more…

When did you start playing musical instruments and how many do you play?
Dan: I’m a bit musically challenged to be honest. I tried my hand at drums and guitar when I was younger but nothing really stuck, I guess I’m visually minded. I do however play a mean Ukulele.

Tim: I play quite a few instruments, but generally stick to the basics of guitar/bass/piano/drums…

How do you describe the genre of thrash electro and what inspires you to create this type of music?

Dan: Thrash electro was kind of a progression for me, I love indie electro, pop, hard rock and metal respectively, and all those elements together do give you a sense of what thrash electro is. It gets me excited and I think that’s the goal of dance music.

Tim: Yeah trash and thrash electro definitely inspires me in that is crosses a lot of boundaries – I love it that is bridges the gap between rock and dance music, it basically joins people from different music styles together.

What drove you to pursue a career in music and what is it that fosters your creativity?

Dan: Double Adapter is a passion; we love doing what we do. I am actually studying Film and Fine Art, as I said I’m visually minded and film, photography and art in all forms inspires me equally to music.

Tim: I also work in visual mediums too, owning a film production company, but I think the music thing bit pretty early for me and was hard to get away from – it’s quite an addiction. I’m really inspired by all new music I hear, strangely especially by pop music, which has strong reliance on melody – I love melody.
Where did the idea of a documentary come from?  Was the process what you expected?

Tim: Well coming from my film side, the documentary kinda just happened because we knew we could pull it off… after the tour had been booked we kind of just had this realization that documenting it would be a rally fun and interesting project. Luckily my good friend Matthew Stonier from Mustard Post Production was able to come along for the trip, and create the awesome visuals you see in the documentary. I think the goal was to figure out how different the European and South African scenes are, and I think SA came off looking really strong.
What were some highlights from your European tour?

Dan: I loved Holland, its always been a dream to go there, traveling to a festival in Italy through the Alps was amazing and hanging out in Munich, my Joburg away from Joburg, was a really great experience.

Tim: I love German beer! Haha

Double Adapter

What kind of things do you do to promote yourself?

Dan: I guess at the end of the day performing is the best way to promote yourself, and the most fun.

Tim: But that said, we’re also pretty active on twitter and facebook, we do as many interviews as we possibly can, and we LOVE creating little video clips and taking photo’s of things we’re doing…
What are your thoughts on the future of the music industry and where do you see it going?

Dan: I believe collaboration is definitely the way forward, which is something that we love doing. The SA music scene is constantly growing and changing and it really exciting to see and be a part of.

Tim: Its a good future, but its not what a lot of record labels and major artists thought it was going to be 10 years ago I think, the real future for musicians is in gigging and being seen, and creating music to be heard, almost as advertising rather than a profit stream. The whole industry is also moving away from commercial studios and into bedrooms and home studios, which is awesome, because we’re seeing talent come from places where it wouldn’t have survived in the old formal music industry.
What are your reasons for being an independent artist?

Tim: We haven’t been signed yet! Haha. That’s not strictly true – we take it one step at a time. I don’t think we’re dead set on being independent, we’re just dead set on doing our best to make the right choices when we can, not let people that like what we’re doing down, and get our show and sounds into the ears of new people – if that’s with a label, or independently, its something we take seriously.
What struggles have you faced with getting your music heard and getting your name recognized by outside markets?

Tim: Luckily for us, we haven’t really faced any, because we haven’t really tried! Double Adapter is about us doing what we love – we’ll keep doing it regardless of any growth rate or crowd sizes or other hurdles. This isn’t about fame, this isn’t about glory, its about playing the most fun parties we can, and making the people at those parties happy – luckily, it seems that that passion has opened some doors, so we’ll sit tight, be patient and see what comes our way! That said, we do have amazing support from our manager, Dominique Gawlowski at Griet and our publicist Rachelle Crous at Rachelle Crous Publicity – without them recognizing something they like in us, we totally wouldn’t be doing most of the things we’re doing right now…

Check out part 1 of their documentary here.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC


DJ SFR – “Difference In Detail EP” [FREE DOWNLOAD}


Cape Town based drum and base producer and DJ, SFR, first fell in love with the genre in 2000.  Since then he has been creating drum loops with layers of bass and complex melodies to make beats that are inspired by almost every genre of music, both new, old, underground and main stream.  In 2007 he began experimenting with dubstep, he first heard at Homegrown (Cape Town’s biggest drum and bass night).   DJ SFR has released numerous solo records and collaborated with South African artists, Mix n’Blend and Hyphen.  In a recent interview he was asked when he first started DJing and producing, SFR responded after a friend introduced him to D&B he was hooked, “The speedy drum patterns, the sub bass, the complex rhythms and the overall subculture of people that belonged to it. Not long after I bought a turntable, started buying records and began fiddling around in a few sequencers.”  Download this passionate DJ’s EP, Difference in Detail from his website now!

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Yoav – “Yellowbrite Smile” [VIDEO]



South African native Yoav has traveled the world with his guitar, loop petal and soulful voice.  Eastern scales and rhythms fuse with a dance club groove that creates his unique sound.  For his most recent album, a Foolproof Escape Plan, he worked with artists from around the world as well as the outstanding American producer and drummer Joey Waronker (who has worked with Thom Yorke, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, and R.E.M.).  From the US, to Europe and now back to South Africa this talented artist is a must see, and will be playing at the Assembly in Cape Town August 13, 2011 – mark your calendars now!



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC




Jumping Back Slash – Shosholozaaaaaaa [MUSIC]

Jumping Back Slash

Kwaito music has traditional roots in South Africa, beginning in Johannesburg in the 1990s.  It’s a variant of house music that uses African sounds and samples.  An awesome musician that recently caught my attention, Jumping Back Slash, has been producing kwaito house music that mixes up lively traditional songs with classic US house.  Check out this sick track, I expect great things from this artist in the future!



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC


DANk – Richard the third – slip (DANk REMIX) – [MUSIC]


His infectious, squelchy glitch-hop bass lines and neck-break beats are always incredibly loud and penetrate through your body. Bordering on funky at times, Dank completely inhabits every room or festivals that he plays.  This multi-talented artist has released solo projects – Cooking the Books in 2008 as well as teaming up with Liver, Mix n Blend, and most recently Disco Israel, dubbed Sedge Warbler, whose debut album is Welcome to the Universe.  Listen to one of DANk’s recent remixes for a sample of great Capetonian glitch-hop.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Ard Matthews – Fire Within [MUSIC]

Ard Matthews

Durban born, Ard Matthews is an extremely talented acoustic rock singer/songwriter.  Influenced by classic jazz musicians such as Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong, Matthews began playing music as a teenager, after winning a singing contest at the age of twelve. His talent has brought him all over the world, including living abroad in the United States and England.  Although Matthews in currently concentrating on his solo work, he is famous in South Africa for being the lead singer of Just Jinjer.  Recently, Matthews performed at the independent TED conference in Cape Town and is now touring around South Africa.  Listen to Fire Within and check out the work in progress section of his blog.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Dave Ferguson – “Like Me” [VIDEO]

Dave Ferguson


One-man band Dave Ferguson draws on an eclectic musical background to create unique loops.  By layering beat boxing, harmonica and his voice Ferguson creates layers of moving melodies that carry you away.  According to Ferguson, “What I’m doing now is quite different not only due to its uniqueness because of the whole one-man looping thing, but also because I’m doing mostly original songs that aren’t necessarily genre specific. Although there are strong undercurrents of Blues & Americana you’ll find elements of everything from Trance, Dub, Dance, Hip- Hop, Country, Bluegrass etc thrown in there…” He grew up in Cape Town, but has also lived in Nashville and London.  Check out the video of Like Me at the Melting Pot in Muizenburg, South Africa.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC