Just when we thought we’d all perish, Spring is finally here! This week’s #bottomrightcorner is a bipolar mad scientists’ wet dream, with a little summ’n summ’n for everyone, just in case you missed them. Featuring the local and the international, the commercial and the underground, from hip hop to wonk to jazz and beyond… With some hot collaborations by the likes of Blue Gene, The Soul Housing Project and Jesse Boykins III, we welcome September with open arms and ears! Don’t forget to send us your original joints if you feel they’re worthy, and remember… #welikeitlouder!
Just returned from their tour reaching as far as Durban and Harare, with the close at the infamous Oppikoppi Festival 2012, Blue Gene (consisting of South African spoken word artist CreamyEwokBaggends and the french jazz guitarist Charles Amblard) have a lot more to offer in the next coming months, including a new EP and movie. While in Cape Town they showcased their new material live at Redbull Studios. Don’t miss our upcoming interview with the guys themselves!
Set to perform at this year’s STR CRD Johannesburg, New Yorker Jesse Boykins III and UK producer Gold Panda get together for this banger of a track. Only in his early 20s, already throwing out some of the best indie-soul tracks with hauntingly husky Ian Kamau-like vocals, we cannot wait to see what he has in store for South Africa. Along with Gold Panda, Afta-1 and Machinedrum, everybody seems to want to get a piece. You should too!
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Glasgow, Scotland and Montreal meet in this long awaited collab between Hudson Mohawke and Lunice. Deliciously bassy, this EP is a sample orgy that demands some misbehaviour… It is the season after all. Go on, listen for yourself…
The first track on this here mini-mix, ‘Cause of Lovin’ is what turns a listener into a fan. Mild and groovy, this band takes quirk to a more lounge-y level. Plug in and invite some friends over for din dins and some pseudo-intellectual wine-induced conversation. This album will get under your skin.
The brainchild of South African jazz pianist Bokani Dyer and Goldfish vocalist Sakhile Moleshe, this side project is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets. In the words of the boys themselves, ‘whether you’re a broken soul, soulful soul, joyful soul, inspired soul, lost soul or a playful soul… There is a place for you in the music.’ Performing regularly around Cape Town in association with The Pan African Space Station and The Pressure respectively with music as inviting as their words, who wouldn’t want a place in this music?
1970s West Africa must have been the hippest place on earth. Along with the Fela Kutis and the Tony Allens of the world, The Shaolion Afronauts really bring it, so if you like to get a little funked up every now and again, wait until you get your hands on their latest release, ‘Quest Under Capricorn.’
Currently on his Pan-African tour, having just performed at The Dojo SA in Bloemfontein this past weekend, Toronto-raised Ian Kamau is another sacrilegiously underrated act. Sharing a stage in Cape Town alongside Tumi Molekane of The Volume and Femi Kuti himself among others, this year has been great for this uber-conscious creative wordsmith. He’s recently released his newest offering entitled One Day Soon along with some artworks to go with it; catch the entire album here!
Apparently one of the most overlooked groups this year yet, BBNG has released their second album free online entitled BBNG2, and it is FRESH. With some of the most amazing covers you’ll get this side of the underground, from My Bloody Valentine to J Dilla to Kanye West, this jazz-hop-step trio will show you something you’ve never witnessed before. Bad Bad Not Good? Not bad…
Having worked with the likes of B Team and Zaki Ibrahim, the 1/3 of the now-split hip hop outfit Pangaea, Nonku Phiri is a vocal powerhouse. This joint is a banger; Nonku’s soulfully catching voice makes you wanna sing right along even if you don’t understand the lyrics. With Crazy White Boy doing their Crazy White Boy tech-housey thing, this track is one you can’t sit down for.
Author: Shiba Melissa Mazaza