Tag Archives: South Africa

Wolftown – “Settle Down” [NEW MUSIC] [EVENT]

Wolftown

Wolftown is a promising new rock band out of Cape Town.  With edgy, bold sounds they are sure to make a footprint on the South African music scene.  All songs are written by the band, which consists of Sarah Pope (lead vocals and guitar), Damian Upton (bass) and Kyle Sanders (percussion).  When recently asked how they chose the name of the band they responded, “It has a massive meaning for us three. In this industry its dog eats dog and while preparing our songs for studio, we choose the name that we felt was the most dominant. We’ve worked really hard to be at the top of our game and we needed something to go hand in hand with all the hard work we’ve put in. So Wolftown is our way of representing our music, our passion, our past, our future.  See them live at Zula on September 16th if you’re in Cape Town!

 

 

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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

DJ SFR

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]

Yoav

 

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]

DANk

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

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

 

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

 

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