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.
Parallel – Artists such as Koreless, Holy Other, Burial, Spooky Black and especially Mount Kimbie (maybe even Darq E Freaker if his work was chopped and screwed) come to mind when describing the music of Strange New Generation, solely based on atmosphere and ambient quality. They liken themselves to acts such as Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Alabama Shakes, and Soul Section, while drawing their inspiration from seasonal TV Shows and director Nabil’s creations.
Precis – Other than what’s been mentioned above, their sound is incomparable – music for the depressed and whoever can find beauty in the sounds offered in these 3 young men’s art. Tracks such as “Pizza & Cheap Vodka” and “Trippy Love Letter” show their production prowess and have a subdued mood which translates throughout the whole album. “Gooli”, a piano masterpiece that Sampha would appreciate, acts as an interlude to the smooth “I Know” that can have you floating (Listen here).
Vibe – Dope for if you’re feeling sad and want to be even sadder. Great for night drives, background music for an underground art gallery, and a chilled night in a garden (around some loose leaves) with close homies.
You can catch these guys at WOKE Arts JHB on the 30th of April.