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  • Tinariwen


    Transplant a group of veteran Saharan guitar slingers to a different desert (SoCal’s Mojave, specifically the indie depot of Joshua Tree) and add some American guests – rock guitarists Josh Klinghoffer and Matt Sweeney, poet-MC Saul Williams and more. What do you get? Impressively, an undiluted Tinariwen LP that’s all circular Afro-Berber riffs, hypnotic hand

  • ClassyMenace0

    Andrea Iacopini, a.k.a. ClassyMenace, has always had impeccable taste. Armed with a London audio degree and a worldliness stemming from his Italian heritage, he started making waves on the S.A. remix scene back in 2011 with a trio of choice Goldfish remixes – “Crunchy Joe”, “Humbug” and “Woman’s A Devil” – that turned him into

  • Yoko Ono Plastic Band

    Yoko Ono Plastic Band0

    Guesting on a Yoko Ono LP has become like getting cast in a Woody Allen film: an artistic validation and New York City-branded rite of passage. It’s also clearly a hoot: see “Bad Dancer”, a giddy club anthem for the proudly graceless, with surviving Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock (who also appear alongside Questlove

  • We Set Sail

    We Set Sail0

    Kidofdoom have already run with the whole plugged-in, spaced-out instrumental alt-pop dreamscapery – does South Africa need another such album? Well… Awash with synths, phosphorescent with reverb-free electric guitar and coolly lit with occasional moon-on-water lapsteel reflections, this album gives the hip Doomers a run for their New Wave influences. Having no lyrics invites the

  • Basson Laubscher and the Violent Free Peace

    Basson Laubscher and the Violent Free Peace0

    When did derivation come to be equated with inferiority? In some music cultures, being able to reproduce Old Masters of the art brings legitimacy. Not so in the West, where copyright coins cash. In this context, Shakedown is not so much a shakedown of the genre as the evolution of a covers band that hasn’t fully exhaled

  • Pestroy


    For 15 years, Pestroy have been destroying audiences with a live show that explodes with all the force of a bomb. It’s earned the five-piece a loyal following and seen Pestroy become the first port of call for an impressive list of international metal outfits looking for S.A. tour support. The Speed of Dark is similarly