Category Archives: Cape Town

Eyes Like Mirrors – “Pastel” [MUSIC]

Eyes Like Mirrors

Eyes Like Mirrors formed as a trio in Johannesburg in 2008, creating their own blend of post rock music.  Focusing on guitar driven instrumentals, the band was inspired by acts such as Explosions in The Sky, Mono and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.  In 2010 Eyes Like Mirrors expanded to include Ben Rausch who used a keytar to trigger and manipulate visuals during live performances.  Check out their track Pastel, or if you’re in South Africa their EP Crusades is in stores now!

 

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

 

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Richard the Third – “Boss feat. Ribone” [MUSIC]

Richard the Third

Being a central agent in South Africa’s electronic music scene, Richard the Third is a regular DJ at the country’s biggest music clubs such as The Assembly, Fiction, The Woods and Alexander Theatre.  As one half of local dubstep warriors Biscope,, producer and performer for Spoek Mathamobo & Mshini Wam, Richard the Third’s sets are a roller-coaster ride of the best modern bass music: grinding electro, rising dubstep and everything in between.  He has put his own music out on local labels such as African Dope and On A Break Records as well as producing  and remixing with numerous other South African artists, including 340ml and Sibot.  He describes his music as, “Somewhere between the warm waters of dub and downbeat and the rocky mountains of banging dancefloor electronica” Check out his track Boss, featuring Ribone.

 

 

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

Dirty Paraffin – “Exhibit A” [VIDEO]

Dirty Paraffin

Dirty Paraffin hails from Duban, but is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Their unique sound is heavily influenced by South African Kwaito music and Zulu culture.  They have been cultivating a new style of music combining dubstep and electro, which is highlighted by their videos. Check out Exhibit A.

 

 

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

 

Mr. Cat & The Jackal – “The Devil Always Wants To Dance” [VIDEO]

Mr. Cat and the Jackal

Mr. Cat & The Jackal is an experimental acoustic folk band based in Durbanville, South Africa.  The band recently finished their second studio album, Sins & Siren Songs, after 13 months in production.  The album was produced by Abri du Plessis and MCATJ, and contains 16 tracks.  The first music video for the single “The Devil Always Wants To Dance” was shot in one take on location in Phillipi and directed by Thomas Ferreira.

 

 

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

 

 

HAEZER – “James Bond” [MUSIC]

HAEZER

HAEZER began his career with a performance at Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa.  He first opened for visiting internationals such as Steve Aoki, Gtonic, Djedjotronic and Le Castle Vania.  He released his first single, Who The Fuck is HAEZER, a collaboration with Cyperpunkers and Saint Pauli,  on Freakz me Out Records in Germany, and toured with Cyperpunkers South African tour in 2010.  To date HAEZER has headlined at most major local festivals such as Oppikoppi, Earthdance, Rocking the Daisies and Synergy and can be seen on a regular basis at the Assembly’s Discotheque massively popular electro dance parties. He has also recently started his own party with DJ/Producer Markus Wormstorm (SWEAT-X) called GARDEN BOYS, held monthly at FICTION in Cape Town.  Check out his single James Bond.

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

Tumi and the Volume – “Asinamali” [VIDEO]

Tumi and the Volume

Tanzanian-born Tumi Molekane lived in exile with his parents until 1992, when the family returned to Soweto, South Africa. Beginning his rap career as MC Fatboy of P.E.R.M., a nine-member crew that included producer Richard The 3rd, the group released APT: An Artistic Representation of Truth in 2001. The following year Tumi released his solo EP, A Dream Led To This, on Australian label Nuffsaid Recordings.  Tumi would go on to become a household name in South Africa with his creative partnership with afro-fusion Mozambican expats 340 mL, combining to form Tumi & The Volume after a series of jam sessions in 2001. Releasing their debut album in 2004 – the live recording At The Bassline – the group was nominated for three SAMAs (South African Music Awards), including Best Group and Best Rap Album.  Currently the band is on tour in South Africa promoting their 3rd album, Pick a Dream.

 

 

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

The Pretty Blue Guns – “Shed Your Skin” [FREE DOWNLOAD]

 

Pretty Blue Guns

The Pretty Blue Guns are four best friends who love making a noise. They have been playing shows all over South Africa for the past few years with some of the country’s top acts, ranging from small intimate theater shows to huge festivals.  The band consists of Andre Leon (vocals/guitar), Brandon Visser (guitar), Gregory Thompson (bass), and Lucas Swart (drums/vocals). Their style has been described as “gritty blues rock”, with influences ranging from early Robert Johnson era blues and Tom Waits to modern rock giants such as The White Stripes or Kings Of Leon.  The band recently finished their second album, Shed Your Skin, in April.  Download the title track via soundcloud to check it out.

 

 

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

 

Spoek Mathambo – “Control” [VIDEO]

Spoek Mathambo

Spoek Mathambo has just finished recording his first solo album, Mshini Wam, which cultivates his take on Afro-futurism and is just a sample of what Africa has in store for the future of progressive electronic music.  Mathambo is just 25 years old, but has already risen to become one of the foremost recognized exporters of the new South African club music – he dubs it as Township Tech.  Check out Mathambo’s video for Control that one young directors award for Pieter Hugo and Michael Cleary at Cannes this year.

 

SPOEK MATHAMBO – CONTROL from spoek mathambo on Vimeo.

 

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

Jullian Gomes – “Atjazz Ft Robert Owens – Love Someone” [MUSIC]

Jullian Gomes

Jullian Gomes first found house music at eight years old, since his first gig in 2003, he’s released music on South African labels Multi-Racial and House Afrika, followed by records on Earthrumental and Realtone. Now rolling with UK vet Atjazz and his Record Company, Gomes is on an eternal quest to widen his musical horizons with shuffled claps and electronic soul. Jullian has been chosen to close the Red Bull Music Academy SónarDome stage this year, during arguably the world’s biggest and most distinguished electronic music festivals, Sónar.

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

Evolver One – “Criminal (In Studio)” [VIDEO]

 

Evolver One

Evolver One has been on the South African music scene since 2006, completed 19 national tours, performed over 500 shows and has just released their 3rd album.  Their debut album, Get Up, which was released in 2006, had numerous hits, along with their 2008 album, Whats The Story.  In 2010 the band created a new sound, working with acclaimed producer Nathan Winkler and changed their name from Evolver to Evolver One.  This self-titled album has already received great press, with their song Criminal reaching number 1 on 94.5kfm Highveld’s Homebrew in September 2010.  Check out the video of the in studio version of Criminal.

 

 

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