“One Time” (The Pro-G Remix)
It goes without saying that AKA is one of the best, if not the best, urban hip-hop act out of the continent right about now. AKA is in the news for all sorts of reasons at the moment but the good news is that the music hasn’t been compromised one bit! This year he has featured on quite a number of international collaborations and has dropped a few new singles of his own that include the most recent single “Dreamwork” with Yanga and “One Time” which I featured on the blog earlier in the year.
The single has become very popular since it’s release, partly thanks to the “Blesser” & “Gold-digger” references in the song which have been dominating social media chatter for a while now. But that wasn’t my inspiration for making a remix to his hit single though.. The original brought back an amazing nostalgic feeling and I was so inspired after hearing it that I decided to make my own version of it! I made this one about a month back and figured the time was right to release it to the people. Big S/O to AKA for inspiring this one and consistently giving us great music!
Have a listen and let me know how you feel..
“International” ft. (2baba, Buffalo Souljah & Gemini Major) – Deejay Waxxy
If for some reason you weren’t THAT into urban dancehall music in Africa around 2008/9, you would’ve likely never heard of DJ Waxxy. But for those of us who do know him, there’s no denying that DJ Waxxy was one of the biggest DJs on the continent at the time. I myself hadn’t even imagined that I could ever DJ, but I drew inspiration from watching him do his thing on Channel O’s “The 411” show. Waxxy commanded a huge following, toured all over the continent and even appeared on the popular Big Brother Africa show.
Word is, things went south when he got let go by Channel O and had a fall out with his signee Buffalo Souljah. Apparently the two had beef for five years but long story short, they finally squashed it earlier this year and now have a single together. “International” also features Gemini Major, an exciting young Family Tree artist, as well as the legendary 2 Face Idibia (now just known as 2baba). For a dancehall track it sounds pretty stripped down but they pull it off, much like Rihanna’s “Work”, which they also reference in the song. There’s not much to say at the moment with regards to the longevity of Waxxy’s return but International is a pretty great start for a DJ who’s been missing for so long!
Watch the video for the collaboration above & let me know your thoughts.
“Let You Know” – Sketchy Bongo & Shekhinah
Sketchy Bongo is the super producer behind some of the biggest hits of the summer and looks set to take the whole world by storm after signing with major labels, Ultra-Music & Sony this year. Sketchy has produced anthems that include A week ago by Aewon Wolf & Tribal; Back to the beach by Kyle Deutsch & Shekhinah, as well as his own single titled Let You Know, which has been very popular on the radio.
The international deal means that Sketchy Bongo’s music will be distributed all over the world which is a pretty big deal for a producer turned artist from SA. Sketchy was also quoted by the SABC saying, “I’m just happy to be getting South African music out there to the world.” He has since hinted (via SlikourOnLife) that he might even be releasing a single with Zayn Malik ex-member of One Direction! I’ll be looking out for more of his music under the new labels and hope the deal actually pays off..
Watch the video for his single Let You Know featuring Shekinah above.
“Way It Go” (ft. Tumi, Youngsta & Nasty C) – DJ Switch
“Way It Go” dropped about 5 months ago now, blew up but eventually the buzz died down as is the norm these days with urban music. At the time, Nasty C was really beginning to blow after his “Juice Back” single and was proving to be one of the best new artists to watch out for in 2016. Tumi, being the legendary MC and rap extraordinaire that he is, was of course expected to deliver accordingly, and Youngsta was arguably the relatively unknown rapper to complete the team. My expectations were that Tumi would take the best verse, being the most experienced and technically a better rapper, followed by Nasty C with all the hype around him at the time. But after listening to the joint, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Youngsta comfortably taking the best verse on the song!
What really stood out for me was how Youngsta authentically delivered his verse in the most Cape-coloured way, whilst staying relevant to the vibe. It goes without saying that both Tumi & Nasty C held their own on the track, but someone was always going to take the best verse naturally. With Cape Town artists having always struggled to break through into the mainstream market, unlike their Joburg counterparts, Youngsta represents a real ray of hope for change in that regard. It remains to be seen how the rest of the country reacts to more of his music, but if “Way It Go” is anything to go by, I’m backing him for the win! Shout out to DJ Switch for being bold enough to feature a Cape Town artist alongside the heavyweights, and in that way sparking the debate. Feel free to share your thoughts!
“Do The Most” – Tshego
Cassper Nyovest‘s label, Family Tree added a few new young artists to the roster last year and Tshego has turned out to be one of the most promising talents signed since. The first time I heard him was on Cassper’s Tsholofelo album and he immediately made a good first impression after his feature on “Cold Hearted”. Truth be told though, I haven’t followed him much since but most of the buzz in the streets has been over his features.
He recently dropped a single titled “Tell em Say” featuring Nasty C, Cassper Nyovest & Gemini Major and that’s been doing the rounds on urban radio & in the scene. “Do the most” is the follow-up freestyle to the single and looks set to be a street anthem! The future looks pretty bright for Tshego but only time will tell us how far he can go. Watch the video for “Do the most” freestyle directed by @OwenBands
“Nirvana (Take Me To)” – Sir Vincent & Lauren
Anyone who has heard me speak about deep house will tell you that I am probably one of the biggest critics of the sub-genre of house music. It’s not as if I hate house music or anything, quite the opposite. When I first learnt how to professionally DJ, I did it with house music and I even sometimes produce it myself when the inspiration hits! I just prefer certain types of house music, much like anyone else really. So when I came across Sir Vincent & Lauren’s “Nirvana” I really had to re-evaluate my stance on deep.
I’ve always thought deep sounds overly repetitive and intentionally uninspiring, which is quite a harsh remark of a genre so vast. But that’s the kind of deep house I had encountered until I came across Nirvana of course. Nirvana is melodic, warm and carries a nostalgic summer feeling, the kind that reminds me of an epic sunset beach party. In their own words, Nirvana is “a melodic deep house tune with a great summer feel that speaks of going to Nirvana, a happy place full or endless possibilities.” They really captured the emotion and feeling on this one, and I am quite surprised this track isn’t more popular. Stream Nirvana above.
“Basspiration” (DJ Mix) – DJ Doowap
DJ Doowap is the unofficial fifth member of the legendary kwaito music group Boom Shaka, at least that’s what I thought when I first came across her social media pages and music. She often rocks those multi-colored braids and has a 90’s fashion style, and she tops that off by being one heck of a creative DJ! DJ Doowap is best known for being the face of Dubstep on YFM but I became a fan off of her Soundcloud page alone. Often sharing lots of cool bass music, she also drops a mix or two for the fans periodically, which brings us to the purpose of this post.
Her latest mix is titled “Basspiration” and in my opinion really showcases the wide range of her taste in music in general! She dabbles and mixes in so many different genres & future beats in just under an hour and has packed some serious tunes in there to kick-start any party. Check the mix out via her Soundcloud, and do keep an eye out for her.
Follow her via Twitter: @DJ_Doowap