In 2001, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club posed a question to the world. “Whatever happened to my Rock ‘n Roll?” The same question has plagued rock music enthusiasts all over the world, in a culture where the guitar driven sound has become a vestige. EXPLOSION, hailing from Toti in Durban, have no qualms serving up a tasty jam and bringing the sex back to the genre. Take some time to take a look at their latest video and give these guys your support.
Slowly infiltrating the Durban dance scene consciousness with the stealth of an ideology, what we enjoy most about Doobo is that he brings the fun factor back to the stomp floor. Spinning mashed up classics and skank-worthy bass in equal measure, expect him on a line-up near you. In the meantime, make use of this free track that he’s made available. New school retro for the win.
Before you head out to Live the Venue this evening to chew the bamboo at the Veranda Panda “Colours EP” Album Launch, take some time to get prepared for the dance floor massacre. Durban’s technicolour panda bears have released some teasers for the new EP on Soundcloud and you would be foolish not check them out now, wouldn’t you? Hop to it and enjoy.
Just as the giant panda in the jungles of China spends most of its time in relaxed docility, aggressive only if provoked, Durban’s bass bears are wonderfully pleasant until posted behind the decks, primed to pounce and deliver eclectic musical genius with voracious aplomb. It seems their brand new EP, following in the footsteps of their previous “Black” and “White” releases, is made to move your feet to. They’ll be bringing the bass to Live the Venue on Friday June 14th for the “Colours” Launch, an altogether more weirdly festive album than their other two outings.
In support they have a long lineup of respected musicians and DJs. Mr Sakitumi and the Grrrl, Liver, Dr Fly and the Nurses, Nightvision and DJ Lifestyle will all be there to see in the Panda Revolution. We’ll be bringing all the bass and filth to your willing ears over our trusty radio stream but we urge you to come out and support Liam and Jane in nurturing their indefinable brand of music. They’ll be making the album available for free download, the least you could do is click attending on Facebook and enrich your life with live music and Durban’s premier venue. See you there!
Back to the City Festival went down in Newtown, Jozi side, and was aptly held on Freedom Day. Hip hop was celebrated across many art forms and the same as previous years, was ridiculously well attended. If 17 000 people bouncing to the finest of South Africa’s new beats and rhymes on the streets of Joburg is your thing, and why wouldn’t it be, then check out Jagermeister’s latest video of their exploits. Edited by Dane Kemper, or as he affectionately known in the WKRB circles, LooSE JooSE, it’s got a wicked soundtrack and lots of mentalists shooting back the potent dark liquid. Check it out!
In his characteristic, hands-on fashion, TheHomieKeke thought he would provide a short breakdown for his playlist later on today, as a means of introduction. Meet the man on the pulse of the new school.
In recent years, the increase in dope hip-hop artists who rap about left-of-centre concepts has been interesting to observe. These cats are fairly new to the rap game, mostly due to being so young, yet have some of the maddest flows I have ever heard since Biggie, Nas, and The Quest. Although these artists are influenced by the old school, they often rap over electronic beats, significant of the insurgence of the new school.
Artists such as Joey Bada$$, Hodgy Beats, CJ Fly, Earl Sweatshirt and Duckwrth, among others, are making waves in the industry with their unconventional rhymes and delivery. This playlist showcases some of the illest tracks to drop from the new school.
While the South African hip hop public yearns for the eagerly awaited solo album by the one, the only, Black Moss, here is a small documentary on the process behind the Durban rapper’s project. Clearly an intelligent and philosophical being with a social conscience, Black Moss looks to take the genre back to its roots and sets his focus on hard-hitting lyrics that tell an intricate and personal story. As you’ll find out, it’s more about questioning the society around us than finding the answers to our precarious situation. Featuring some live shit from the Winston, time in the studio and glimpses of what it is like inside the head of Black Moss, kill some time and bandwidth and support South Africa’s hip hop future.