BANG BANG! It’s the Music News gun! This week: New albums announced by Erasure, Alt-J, Goldie, and JHB locals Adventure Man. Plus videos by Adventure Man, Michael Lowman, and Goldie. PLUS songs by Kahn Morbee and Karen Zoid, and Loui Lvndn featuring Emamkay. So much music you might get a music-headache.
Josh Kempen sped onto my radar pretty quickly. In the last year or two, I saw him play a solo show, heard he released an EP, saw his name on all sorts of festival line-ups around the country, saw him again and again with a three-piece band, got wind that he’s signed with Warner Music, and now he’s released a debut album, The Morning Show: an intimate blend of electric guitar folk and 50’s rock ‘n roll.
Good old fashioned rock and roll
Stoker released their self-titled album recently, and it’s a good one. This Cape Town band wastes no time in making their intentions clear, as the album opens with a driving riff and catchy chorus. With sounds reminiscent of garage rock bands like the The Strokes (I think the similar names are coincidental), Franz Ferdinand, and Arctic Monkeys, the album establishes a tempo and tone within the first handful of tracks that doesn’t let up.
But, then again, I didn’t want it to, not for one second.
Francois Van Coke se nuwe album, Hierdie is Die Lewe, is intiem maar openbarend. Dis in-your-face, maar staan ook terug sodat jy die groter prentjie kan sien. Dit laat jou wonder of Van Coke dalk sy Converse ingeruil het vir pa tekkies, maar andersins, om dit in een woord op te som: passievol.
New bands, old bands, and dead bands. In Music News Highlights today: New music from Shortstraw, Flint Meet Spark, Lost&Found, Luka and Ryki, and a ticket-selling challenge from Grassy Spark and The Rudimentals.
Ian Roberts, verteenwoordiger en leier van Radio Kalahari Orkes, is ‘n soort enigma. Buite die orkes ken mens hom as akteur en draaiboekskrywer, maar dalk hoofsaaklik as “Boet” – een van die karakters van ‘n populêre reeks Castrol televisieadvertensies. Op die vooraand van die bekendstelling van Radio Kalahari Orkes se nuutste album, Mamba!, het ek die geleentheid aangegryp om met Roberts te praat, en hopelik die mens agter die orkes te leer ken.
Music news! Music news! Read all about it! Especially since we’ve got a wide variety this week: Everything from Die Heuwels fantasties releasing on vinyl, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s new festival date, newbie Deemo, collaborations from Laco & Lara Gear, Michael Lowman & Khuli Chana, and Muzi, Yanga Madlala & Tiro, new albums by Josh Kempen & Michael Lowman, and even The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay!
PHFAT has always been a relatively hard-to-describe group. Bassy beat-driven electro hip-hop, I think. Though their Facebook page simply says “RAP MUSIC” – in all caps like that. Then last year the duo split, with Narch Beats carrying on as an independent producer while Smooth Mike carries on as PHFAT. It’s pretty well established that they/he/it is from Cape Town, at least. And that they’ll be performing at The Republic of Mieliepop this year.
In Music News this week, Shortstraw is going to Europe, MTN Bushfire announced the first few artists on their lineup, Future released Future, Radio Kalahari Orkes, Taxi Violence and Academie released music videos, DJ Khaled released Shining (feat, Beyoncé & Jay Z), and Jack Parow and Francois van Coke will headline Large on the Lawn this coming Sunday.
Hellcats is a local rock ‘n roll band that exudes energy and contagious enthusiasm. They’re shows are great to watch, their music is great to listen to, and their members are fun to talk to. Before they release their next EP and head out to play a set at The Republic of Mieliepop, I managed to fit in a chat.