John Withers, the man behind the album, wears a lot of hats on this record. At some points you hear an Ezra Koenig-esque Afro-beat, and then before you know it you’re hearing trap-like samples and stuttering. Although it sounds like the kind of Logic Pro fusion of virtual instruments and real guitars, you can’t tell which is which. Once in a while you hear a heavy accented vocal, sounding like South African Okmalumkoolka, LV collaborator and electro vocal personality.
Tracks like iYongwe, the disco-heavy foot tapper, keep this record interesting. The hip hop instrumental soundscape tracks are filling and deep, and don’t allow you to get too comfortable. This is a really good, really interesting sound from South Africa. You can listen on Spotify here and check out the record release on Planet Mu. —Corbin