Words: Dave Mann
Illustrations: Danielle Vorster & Fiona Christensen
Good– You’ve almost made it through 2014 so give yourself a pat on the back. Better– You’ve probably got a few days of holiday left too. Best– Even if you’ve had no holiday at all and 2014 has been your most dismal year yet, Archetype’s compiled a few of the best local mix-tapes and singles to help you dive head-first into 2015 with. Play loud and enjoy.
Mungo- Ess Dee
Ethereal synth breaks open to reveal solid drums and looping strings in this beautifully melodic track. Mungo’s a newcomer to electronic music, but has a background in guitar which comes through strongly in Ess Dee. Definitely one to have on repeat.
Phizicist – “30 minutes” mix
Full of gritty dubstep and hard hitting electro tracks. This mix also has a few classic club favourites with a fresh Phizicist twist.
Einstein Adonis – TwerkDance
Hella loud, hella good, and full of bass heavy blends. Prepare to have this one on repeat.
Radio Tank Mix: Cava The Combo – Fantasma
Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Dotcom, Aewon Wolf, the cream of the South African hip hop crop in one hour long mixtape by Spoek Mathambo. And if you’re not into the big hitters, there’s a few up and comers thrown into the mix too.
Bronze Round Fight 2 – B00n
The past year has seen B00n make the move from Grahamstown to Cape Town and put out a number of tracks as well as an EP. With a lurky intro, macabre Disney twist around the middle, and a bit of Eminem to tie it up, this track’s a personal favourite.
M’tunez-i – Colour Filim
M’tunez- I is one half of up and coming hip hop duo Indo&Innuendos . This track is a rough cut, but the verses kick in hard. A perfect example of the burgeoning local hip hop scene and the talented vernacular rappers we’ve got here in SA.
Felix Laband – The Remnant The Survivor
The ‘Donkey Rattle’ DJ amps up the new school with this one, but die-hard fans will be able to pick up Laband’s signature, gritty style breaking through the entire 15 minutes.
Maramza- Professor – Imoto Ft Character (Maramza Classic Kwaito Remix)
The 2010 banger gets a 2014 remix by Maramza who bumps up the bass in all the right places.
Jarryd Kellett – Webdings
Cape Town newcomer Jarryd Kellett delivers his latest track with enough bass and bounce to get you going on the laziest of Summer days.
Jamie Saint – Thousand Islands
Straight off his latest EP ‘Meet Ralph’, this electro house beat has a kick that’ll most likely be turning dancefloors upside down very soon.
Future Sounds of Mzansi – Jumping Back Slash
The latest from the prolific Jumping Back Slash and it’s phenomenal. If you haven’t heard of him before, this mix will do well to get you familiar. All Jumping Back Slash, all Mzansi, all good.
John Wizards – Muizenburg
An oldie, but a goodie. Hop on a train, get in your car, or take a walk and blast this one. Lekker Summer’s day vibes.
PH FAT – Lights Out Ft. Jung Freud (Das Kapital’s Sexorcism Mix)
Refix wunderkind Das Kapital works his magic on yet another PHFat track. Nonku Piri’s vocals run alongside DK’s grungy, Nu Acid sound to make a banger of an original even better. Be sure to check out Maramza’s take on ‘Lights Out’ too.
Watermark High – Bollywood Love Triangle
Jozi’s Watermark High just dropped his new EP ‘Culture Lust Vol. 1’ which aims to localise sounds from all over the world. As the name suggests, this one’s got an Eastern swing to it. Great samples and a solid drum beat make this one a winner.
DJ Spoko – After Party
DJ Spoko is a war god. Militant style drums underpin classic kwaito beats while a strong shangaan electro influence presents itself throughout his music. This track is pure Bacardi House and never fails to get you onto your feet.
Zebra – Canal Walk
Zebra is brand new to the Cape Town electronic music scene, but he’s already putting out some solid work. Canal Walk makes use of minimal percussion to carry a laid back jazz melody you can bounce to.
Big Space – U Don’t know What Luv Is
Off his latest Night Sweats Volume 2, this one’s an original amongst a few remixes. It’s a dark, house track with a bit of a retro feel which makes it pretty damn infectious.
Marco Filby – Township Trauma
Filby’s musical range sees him keeping quite busy as a music producer, sound designer, and Cape Town DJ. This time, his range saw him land somewhere in the kasi realm with this kwaito inspired track which has a bassline that’s hooky as hell.