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Album review: Lust for Life - Lana Del Rey

CARINA KLOPPERS

Lust for Life is Lana Del Rey’s fifth studio album, and is a dedication to her loyal supporters. She said that, “this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.” After much anticipation – since the release of “Love” in January 2017 – the album dropped on 21 July, and it quickly became evident that Del Rey was sincere about Lust for Life being for her fans as the album serves as a reminder of why she initially gained popularity.

As this album is the first to feature collaborations with guest artists, which among others include The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky, Del Rey is expanding her established diverse sound to an even bigger audience with the slightest tones of pop. The slow but warm music creates a nostalgic haze with just enough smooth electronic beats, to keep things current.

In Lust for Life Del Rey stays true to her post modern approach to music, while also proving that she is not afraid of experimenting outside her boundaries. Her lyrics continue to explore a faded and mythical Hollywood, with an overflow of American iconography. The vintage homage is extended with iconic pop culture references and a stylistic tribute to The Beatles in “Tomorrow Never Came” (featuring Sean Lennon).

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South Africa's one hit wonders (Retracted)

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UP rapper Shonaman releases Rebels

 SERISHKA MOODLEY

Shonaman, a fourth year Social Work student at UP, has been working hard on the release of his EP entitled Rebels, and after much anticipation he is finally ready to share it with everyone.

You said that your music is related to who you are spiritually. How has your music changed on a spiritual platform?

Yeah, my music is more spiritual. I have grown up a lot and understand things a lot better. Since I got involved with church, my music and identity have changed dramatically.

 

What sets your music apart from other student rappers?

I don’t compare myself to other rappers. At the end of the day, the music is all universal. However, I am a Christian so my music often reflects my beliefs. I would say that that’s what sets me apart.

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Die Heuwels speaks Liefde By Die Dam

CARINA KLOPPERS

Popular South African band, Die Heuwels Fantasties, will be performing alongside Laurika Rauch, Francios van Coke, Riana Nel, Majozi, Jo Black and many more at Liefde By Die Dam. This celebration of youth and South African music will take place on 6 August at the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg. Perdeby spoke to Die Heuwels Fantasties (Pierre Greef, Hunter Kennedy, Fred den Hartog and Shelden Yoko) about their new album, OKAY!, and the upcoming event.

 

As one of South Africa’s most recognisable and well-known bands, do you still get awestruck (or even jittery) when performing?

Sometimes! It depends. But it usually disappears when we start playing. Then you’re in, no turning back.

 

What would you say was the highlight of working on your new album, OKAY!?

So many highlights! But recording at sunset was the best time. Writing poolside in the burbs, writing seaside in Vleesbaai. Good times.

 

The new album also features several collaborations with other singers and artists. Who did you particularly enjoy working with?

All the colab artists were amazing. I have two favourites, though. JR’s performance on Kalmeer and Hiram’s sax solo on Sheila are special things I hold close to my heart.

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Album Review: Chris Chameleon - Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy

CARINA KLOPPERS

When you listen to Chris Chameleon’s work, you will time and time again find yourself surprised at his fresh and unique interpretation of the particular frame of mind from where that album is produced. His new album, Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy, which launched Friday 5 May at the Musiekskuur in Pretoria, is certainly no exception.

Chris Chameleon performed with Daniella Deysel – whom he has previously collaborated with on the 2014 album, Posduif. Together the two provided the audience with a sensual rendition of the album, that strongly embodied the theme of Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy. It was an intimate performance, with breaths of fresh air provided by Chris Chameleon’s magnetic on-stage charisma, as the venue only allows for a small audience. The audience was completely transfixed by the chemistry between the two performers.

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