ARTISTS TO WATCH.
WAVS TRACK OF THE WEEK
Parallel – Amxgelang, or known by his old high school mates as astroxillest, is a lo-fi, soulful jazz producer from Krugersdorp. His sound is one capable of intoxicating you with its heavy & emotionally laced bass lines & looped harmonies. He likens his productions to his idols Ye (Kanye West) & Knxwledge (evident in both sound & stage moniker), while also inspired by TK Mogotsi, Cidex Films, Malum’ Metro, Saj & many of his peers. Amxlegang also looks up to (the old) Riky, Hxrvlo, MBD, & Kid ‘Flacko.
Precis – The intro track to this particular EP , “Cinematic Scores & Film Credits” definitely sets pace for this body of work. The track is layered with chopped & screwed samples looped over a hard hitting 808, paving way for the next track, “Great As Omari” which sounds like a picturesque sunset. The current recurring theme for this Zeitgeist seems to be nostalgia, so the track “Nostalgia” has to get an honourable mention too. The song itself feels shorter than the rest, even though the EP contains songs with 2 minute play time, adding to the overall nostalgic feel of the song.
Personally, I enjoy how repetition of sound is heavily evident throughout the EP, as Amoxgelang’s production process relies on iteration until he genuinely enjoys the final product.
Vibe – This is a very chill EP overall. Definitely music for earphones, lazy days & solo missions.
Parallel – Jocker’s sound is one you would expect to hear at the end of a turn up at a homie’s place; new school South African hip hop with that chilled Pretoria swag. His production is akin to Roy Woods, with a hint of JODY (while they were working with The-Drum). Jocker ‘s management Club Soda make a variety of hip hop sounds, with artists such as Soba, where you can really hear each others’ influence on each others albums.
Precis – Drawing inspiration from Nasty C, Jocker’s local sound is on trend with style including Pretoria vernacular in his lyrics. His most popular song Special Girl made him known in Pretoria North, gaining momentum for the release of his new song Fourteen which came out earlier this month. As always, the mellow beat provides a platform for his punchline rhymes.
Vibe – Great for when you’re just chilling & smoking, or having a small gathering with like-minded friends.