Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spoek Mathambo Releases New Single

Spoek Mathambo is one of the most exciting artists coming out of South Africa. Although, his music isn't particularly "South African" but more aptly international in nature. It's hard to pin a genre on Mathambo. The DJ/Producer/Designer creates heavy electro tracks that take South Africa's love for house/kwaito and combines it with hip-hop and European techno all the while instilling it with a socially-minded edge. Mathambo really is a perfect example of music and musicians who are products of an interconnected world where music across our globe can be upload and heard seconds later.
His increase in popularity is proof of this. After all, when was the last time an artist from Africa graced the cover of a uber-cool American music magazine like The Fader like Spoek did just months ago. Regardless of your opinion of him, this guy transcends continents and cultures.

We are still trying to decipher the meaning behind Mathamblo's most recent single, "Put Some Red on It," which will be off his forthcoming EP with the same name. Undoubtedly, the track has a subtle, socially-infused subtext but we'll leave it up to you to decide what it all means. Musically, the track runs close to his cover of Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" with a pulsating, steady beat that builds into a heavy, dizzying crescendo.

Download + Listen to the track below

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