<Kwaito-Tech/Rap/Electronica> The Future Sounds of Mzansi? If only! It’s a bold statement and one we could all collectively wish was true. The things is Spoek Mathambo’s music blends influences of kwaito, afro-tech and rap with cutting edge beats and this should be the future sound of an electronic South Africa, but alas our airwaves are still inundated with either lowest common denominator dance-pop or coma-inducing urban house that often sounds like it was designed for the elevator. This here my friends is the real deal. FSOM is a collection of Mathambo’s productions and remixes over the past four years and as a presentation of his work it stands proudly as some of the most cutting edge electro/rap cum kwaito filtered afro-tech happening right now. Much more upbeat and dancefloor friendly than his slightly introspective [yet awesome] debut album, Father Creeper, this 15 track collection features Spoek in collaborative mode as he eases his way through a range of ‘in-yer-face’ productions that should get your groove on. Any album that features Sibot gets my vote too. Much has been made about the burgeoning electronic music scene in South Africa; sadly Die Antwoord is what most of the world relates to as truly S’effrican, when in fact it should be Spoek Mathambo they’re all listening to! A truly gifted talent on the rise… This IS the future y’all!
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