Category: Album review
#Studio | Mushroom Hour Releases Tumi Mogorosi’s ‘Group Theory: Black Music’ Film
Drummer Tumi Mogorosi’s ‘Group Theory: Black Music’ comes nearly a decade since he broke into the improvised music scene with 2014’s ‘Project Elo’.
#Review | Mr Eazi’s Life Across Two Cities Is A Breeze
Mr. Eazi returns to level out and one-up the playing field with a meaty collection of Bankufied magic on Life is Eazi Vol. II: Lagos to London, his third and most accomplished studio offering.
#Review | Odunsi’s Very RVRE Sophomore LP Knocks
Odunsi’s the engine to Lagos’ nascent Alté scene. He revvs instinctual on his sophomore collection, drawing from 80s and 90s pop culture and personal reflections to craft a shattering, revealing, nostalgia-dipped 2018 album.
#Review | Quincy Jones & The Bull$hiiitte
Right at the end, an interviewer asks the decorated artist a question: What have you not been successful at? Marriage, answers the artist. Laughter ensues.
100 Greatest Kwaito Songs From The 90s And Early 00s
Around March, I was asked by Apple Music to compile a set of 9 playlists, each containing 100 songs, across different genres. The series is called Mzansi Essentials 100, and consists of black music ranging from Kwela to Jazz to Mbaqanga, Maskandi, to House and Hip Hop.
Thandi Ntuli’s Sophomore Booms Wit All Da Fonky Notes
Thandi Ntuli, the multi-part, genre-busting, mad-exciting yoda of da fonq — because we off that genre-labelling biz — is releasing her sophomore album sooner than you can blink.
Melo B Jones Got That Good Dope
Melo B Jones is the Queen of Boom Bap Soul. This does not only apply in South Africa, the country she calls home. This is not up for contestation, and if feeling somewhat about the statement, free up yourself and head on to her soundcloud to get familiar.
#Throwback | Witness The Levels Of AKA’S Fitness
It’s been a while since AKA has had anything to lose. Between his 2012 album Alter Ego and the start of 2014, AKA’s stature had swelled to extremes, practically making him king in his own lane. Coupled with a rigorous cross-country tour schedule and the occasional flight to either Kinshasa or Ghana, not to mention…
Ben Sharpa – 4DLS Album Review
Ben Sharpa charts specific enclaves as South African underground hip-hop figurehead-cum-electronic music practitioner. As producer, he is responsible for the dark, anti-pop leanings which marred both the Groundworx and Audio Visual’s output in conflicting shades of detuned classical music samples, clipped audio sketches, and down-tempo drum patterns. As emcee, he is always willing to speak…
UB 40 – Signing Off
UB40 is “the biggest reggae band of all-time and the fourth most successful group in the history of the British charts.” Made ubiquitous through cover versions such as Neil Diamond’s “Red, red wine” Sonny & Cher’s “I got you babe”, the band is as much a wonder as it is a source of irritation to…