Escapism Refuge: “Almost Eight” [New release]

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The mighty Escapism Refuge has released another belter with “Almost Eight”. It was released on Deep Heads, the UK-based record label with which he’s released a number of tracks including his two EP’s Red Lights and Traps.

Meditative and sensual, “Almost Eight” features Escapism Refuge’s signature deep bass sound intertwined with an enthralling melody. It also explores more intimately a dub infused sound from the artist.

Two tracks from Escapism Refuge are being released on vinyl this Friday, 21 April on Deep Heads. The tracks featured on the vinyl are “Joker” ,“No Signal” and “Red Lights”.

Listen to “Almost Eight” below:

 

 

Deep Aztec & Da Brownie: [EP release]

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Red Bull Studios in Cape Town hosted another momentous collaboration, this time between two up-and-coming house producers. Da Brownie and Deep Aztec united to create an outstanding body of work, and one of the best local EP’s of 2017 so far.

Deep Aztec and Da Brownie have really shown off their ability with this EP, which is a culmination of tech house, deep house, jacking house and South African house. It not only showcases the versatility of the artists, but also how each artist has grown.

The opening track, “Truthseeker” has all the elements of a classic deep house track, with its bulky bass line and contagious melody, and is bound to get pulses racing on the dancefloor. The sound of the EP swiftly changes with “The Playground”, a high-spirited jacking house track. “By My Side Part 2” reveals a more subdued side of the artists, with a slower tempo and sensual melody.

The EP is rich, emotive and incredibly groovy. Although they’re labelled up-and-comers, this EP proves that labels mean nothing, and has cemented their place within the industry and given them needed recognition.

Listen to the EP below:

Just Her and Ryan Murgatroyd: Busy Minds [EP release]

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South African house DJ and producer Ryan Murgatroyd continues to go from strength to strength with his career. His passion and consistency has led him to collaborate with Just Her, who is one half of international deep house duo Him_self_Her, and the boss of record label Constant Circles.

Ryan’s also one half of the massively successful duo Crazy White Boy, who are consistently pushing the boundaries of electronic music in South Africa. Although Crazy White Boy is known to use elements from different kinds of electronic music, when it comes to Ryan’s own productions deep house is his genre of choice.

The Busy Minds EP showcases a collaboration between two artists who are in leagues of their own, and have moulded careers out of passion. It takes the listener on a journey of pungent emotion, however it still has dancefloor appeal and you can shake a leg [or two] to it very easily.

The EP also contains three remixes from house and techno maestro’s from different corners of the globe, showcasing its global appeal. Bruce Loko, a producer and DJ based in Johannesburg, South Africa added his African techno flavour to “Busy Minds”, track one on the EP. There’s a great balance between the original and Bruce’s version. The remix is invigorating, and has a heavyset bassline that will give bass bins at any venue a work out. UK DJ and producer, Chris Cue’s remix of “Busy Minds” has an accelerated bassline giving a more upbeat take on the original. It’s also less abstract and the right blend between house and techno. Kapibara, the trio originally from South America, but now based in the Netherlands remixed “Empty Minds”. They made it their own, and created a true techno anthem.

  •  Busy Minds is out on Constant Circles today.

Listen to the Busy Minds EP below:

Hi-Lux ft. Gina Jeanz: Expectations [New release]

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Hi-Lux joined forces with GinaJeanz to create a mesmerising track. Hi-Lux is the side project of Joburg-based producer Buli.

“Expectations” is a divine collaboration between two extraordinary producers. With both artists having such a similar yet distinctly different sound, “Expectations” is a culmination of their best attributes. The quiet confidence of the track is noteworthy, it doesn’t scream for attention because it has no need to. It fuses elements of trap, future beats and ambient sounds.

Listen to “Expectations” below:

Under Pressure Sundays: Season 3.1

 

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After a five month hiatus, the collective  Under Pressure Sundays  [UPS] are back with a twelve track compilation. Season 3.1 includes tracks from UPS almuni Bonolo Thomas, Lazy Ent and Drug Free Sports. It also introduces us to new producers like Fernando, Jesse Emm and Savio to name a few.

Season 3.1 does not disappoint, and despite the wait UPS has made one thing clear, they mean business. Season 3.1 shows off an abundance of soundscapes from house, rap, future beats to more experimental textures.

Listen to Season 3.1 below:

 

 

 

 

 

Straight Feels: Straight Beats Volume 1 [Compilation]

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Cape Town-based record label and musical collective Straight Feels have released their first offering for 2017 with Straight Beats Vol.1. Straight Beats is a monthly compilation that includes artists from Straight Feels and a guest each month.

This month the two artists representing Straight Feels are Davve Minor and Beat Sampras, with guest artist, the formidable GinaJeanz. The 3-track compilation shows off the intricate, bold textures and soundscapes of Namibian-born GinaJeanz. Beat Sampras also premiere a new track with “Back to you”, which fuses the soul-soothing sound the duo have become known for, with a hard hitting future beat. Davve Minor, who is David Migwalla’s other moniker and solo project, ends the compilation off with a crisp, feel-good track.

Straight Feels are hosting their first event of the year tomorrow night at Fiction in Cape Town. The lineup includes an impressive bill of artists, where an array of frequencies can be expected from Bryan Travis, Dunn Kidda, Davve Minor, Joeyeezi and Luca Williams.

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Listen/download Straight Beats Volume 1 below:

Beat Sampras: Bridge 23 [EP Release]

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Beat Sampras have delivered their first release of 2017 with Bridge 23. The three-track EP pays homage to the fairly new union between producer David Migwalla and guitarist Dylan Fine.

Beat Sampras began as a solo project, with David producing music and DJing. However, when he collaborated with Dylan at the beginning of 2016, Beat Sampras went from a one man show to a duo. Since then, they’ve released a self-titled debut EP, remixes and other original work. They’ve played at festivals like CTEMF, Rocking the Daisies and Wolfkop Weekender.

Bridge 23 showcases not only the immense growth of the duo, but how they’ve come into their own, and created their own truth. The EP is a culmination of hypnotising melodies and captivating synths, that uses the best elements of r&b, soul and hip hop to create something unrivalled. The production feels effortless, as the guitar chords glide over in synchronicity, like waves back and forth. It seems as though everything created by the duo, comes with handfuls of allure and magic. Only a year down the line, and their influence and ability to inspire is already extraordinary.

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Listen to Bridge 23 below:

Lazersharkk: South African Drum n Bass Showcase 2017 [Mix]

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Drum ‘n bass duo Lazersharkk, curated a mix of the best drum ‘n bass South Africa has to offer. The 56 minute mix showcases the wide spectrum of drum ‘n bass sounds from over 20 local artists.

There’s something for everyone, from jazzy, soulful tones and melodies to thundering neurofunk and everything in between. Some of the artists featured include Niems, TehSynes, Hawkword, Phizicist, Chee. and Counterstrike.

Listen/download Lazersharkk: South African Drum ‘n Bass Showcase 2017 below:

Soulection: “Promise Once More” [Compilation]

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In celebration of six years of Soulection, a 12 track compilation was released yesterday.  Promise Once More delves into the issue of situationship versus relationship, a common predicament many find themselves in today.

The compilation includes tracks from Soulection stalwarts, StarRo, Jarreau Vandal, IAMNOBODI and Esta. Each track is an anecdote to the situationship versus relationship theme. In typical Soulection fashion, expect the smoothest beats smothered in the crispiest vocals.

Listen/ download Promise Once More below:

6 local producers to watch this year

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It’s a new year, which means brand new music. There’s been a few local artists who’ve advertised on their social media pages that they’re releasing new music this year. We took note, and compiled a list of six artists you should keep your eyes on. Whether it’s a single, collaboration, EP, LP or album, the following producers are setting up 2017 to be a great year for local music. In no particular order, see the list below.

1. Jumping Back Slash

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Jumping Back Slash is renowned for his unique and inventive take on gqom, by fusing r&b, house and kwaito with the death-defying genre. His EP Slow Oceans will be released through UK-based record label Cotch International, on Friday 27 January 2017. Leading up to its release, two singles featuring Joburg-based vocalist and producer Hlasko have been released and a music video featuring Nonku.

Why you should listen to Jumping Back Slash:

JBS has a loyal and diverse following locally and internationally. He often receives acclaim from the likes of Olubenga, and is constantly featured on local and international radio shows. He creates music with depth, that’s easy to connect to and will leave you altered in some way.

Listen to “Signs in the Streams” by JBS ft. Hlasko below:

2. Dunn Kidda

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Dunn Kidda has one of the most unique and varied sonic palettes around, which is mirrored in everything he creates. He recently released his Blueberry Petrol EP in which an array of synths and melodies intertwine and create a sound only he can. He plans on releasing a significant amount of music this year on newly established record label Cruel Section Records.

Why you should listen to Dunn Kidda:

He creates bass lines that make you re-think your entire existence, and has an ear like no other. The way he fuses an array of eclectic and unconventional synths, sounds and melodies is remarkable. With a sound as common as his name, Dunn Kidda is truly incomparable.

Listen to Dunn Kidda’s Blueberry Petrol EP below:

 3. Broken Transient

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A name that’s becoming more common in Cape Town’s beat scene, Broken Transient is steadily and deservedly gaining traction. Well versed in hip hop and bass, his soulful creations boast his knowledge of the two to their entirety. On his social media pages he’s promised new music later this year.

Why you should listen to Broken Transient:

Broken Transient is a producer you need to keep in your sights, as his music is sincere, with a large dosage of heartfelt tones, melodies and shades.

Listen to “Smile” by Broken Transient below:

4. Chee.

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The way Chee’s career is going at the moment, in no time he’s going to be an international drum and bass superstar. He’s flipped neurofunk inside out with his twisted, insane, dark and weird take on the genre. Expect more collaborations, EP’s, an album, remixes and single releases from Chee this year. His Fear Monger LP will be released on 7 February 2017 with Hamburg-based label Saturate Records.

Why you should listen to Chee:

South African neurofunk is already synonymous with Chee, and will never be the same because of him. International drum and bass titans Noisia, have played multiple songs by Chee on their radio show, which is huge for any artist. Chee is not afraid to let his weirdness shine bright, and the world needs more of that.

Listen to the Perfect Machine EP by Chee below:

5. Escapism Refuge

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Joburg-based Escapism Refuge has been working on his debut album for some time now, and we’re hoping that 2017 is the year it sees the light. Part of UK-based label Deep Heads, Escapism Refuge creates music that transcends genre and a lot of the time this universe.

Why you should listen to Escapism Refuge:

Simply put, his music is addictive and will have you in a state of awe. “Traps” off his EP Traps was played on Soulection radio in 2015, which for any artist is a massive achievement and shows they’re doing something right.

Listen to “Scorpion” by Escapism Refuge below:

 

6. Beat Sampras

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Beat Sampras began as a one man band, consisting of producer and DJ David Migwalla. Today, Beat Sampras is a duo which includes guitarist Dylan Fine and focusses more on the live elements of producing. They’re releasing a three track EP titled The Bridge 23 on 2 February 2017 with San Francisco record label Mellow Orange.

Why you should listen to Beat Sampras:

The combination of David’s soulful r&b, trap and hip hop inspired beats, with Dylan’s hypnotising and breathtaking guitar skills couldn’t be more magical. Experiencing a live set is bucket list worthy.

Listen to “Easy” by Beat Sampras below: