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Album review: Nasty C - Bad Hair

KOJO ESSAH
Nsikayesizwe David Ngcobo, better known as Nasty C, is a 19-year-old South African rapper from Kwazulu-Natal who became famous within the South African hip hop scene with the release of his debut mixtape Price City, in April 2015. The mixtape spawned the breakout hit “Juice back”, granting Nasty C further popularity. On 23 September 2016, he released his debut album Bad Hair. The album is a solid debut effort from the young artist, with great production, strong lyrical flow and meaningful lyrics throughout the album, but it suffers greatly from a lack of a distinct and unique identity.

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Introducing Crawling King Snake

KOJO ESSAH

New to the SA music scene is Crawling King Snake, the side-project of George van der Spuy. Van der Spuy, also known for his frontman role in Taxi Violence, has already released his first single under the project and has an EP in the works. Perdeby spoke to Van der Spuy about the project.

 

You mentioned that you started Crawling King Snake because you had the need to create music but this was often hampered by other people's schedules. How are you balancing this project and the commitments of Taxi Violence?
Because I run a rehearsal and recording studio (Kill City Blues), it  allows me the freedom and access to all the recording gear we have and I can utilise my time and focus my attention on multiple things during the day, depending of course on what needs my attention. Once a band is set up for rehearsal or we have no recordings, I can basically carry on doing my own thing. Taxi rehearses and writes during the evenings once a week and during that time we do pre-production for releases (which is still my main focus) and during the day I have some free time to focus on CKS.

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Klangstof set to release debut album

SHAUN SPROULE

Dutch band Klangstof is set to release their debut album Close Eyes to Exit. Frontman Koen van de Wardt was picked up by record label Mind of a Genius, which works with other big names such as Zhu and Gallant. A self-taught singer and songwriter who grew up in lonely rural Norway, Van de Wardt has a strong passion for music. The name Klangshof, with the word “Klang” from the Norwegian word for echo and ”stof” from the Dutch word for dust, describes their sound very well, from its ethereal atmosphere to its hazy and glacial undertones.

Close Eyes to Exit includes the four singles that Klangstof has already released. “We are your receiver”, the band’s latest offering, has already been largely successful. The song is about the nature of the online community and the use of disguises, with the dangers of leaving your offline self behind. “Hostage” is Van de Wardt’s first offering and showcases his ability to create vast landscapes and pair them with intimate lyrics. Reminiscent of early Radiohead, combined with the down-tempo electronic sounds of Flume, the song is oddly nostalgic.

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Introducing Slow Jack

CAROLYN HUGHES

Slow jack is a pop rock band from Cape Town made up of Hannes Muller, Jayme van

Tonder, Jeandré Hector Schultz, André Skywalker and Adrian Fowler. Perdeby chatted about all things Slow Jack with the band leads Hannes and Jayme.

 

You single “Love to dream” is pretty groovy to us. What has the reaction from the fans been like?

As a newly formed band it was our very first release and we never expected such overwhelming support and reaction as we did receive. Family, friends, fans and strangers that now have become friends were all super supportive with the release and we had an unexpectedly large number of downloads of the song from our website.

What was really amazing at our rooftop gig in Cape Town was to experience the crowd singing along, knowing the lyrics.

To date the support has been unreal and we are super privileged to have gained such loyal fans in such a short period of time.

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Review: Nothing to Lose, Nothing to Prove Death Panthers

JULIA BAIN

Its been a busy year for the new kids on the block, Cape Town-based Death Panthers. Earlier this year the garage punk rock band released two separate EPs in quick succession. A few months later their first full album, Nothing to Lose, Nothing to Prove, has made its debut on 15 August. The album consists of eight tracks and is a stylistic extension of the band’s pre-existing tracks.

The first track of the album, “Out of town”, is preceded by a short 30 second introduction. The crashing sound of the drums and guitar together starts the listener on a fast-paced and accelerated energy level. The transition between the intro and the track is effective in setting the scene for the feel of the album as a whole.

The following track, “Oh”, is more laid back in style. The bass heavy guitar and more rhythmic drum beat give this track a more relaxed feel than the previous track. The simplicity of the lyrics and instrumentals combined makes the track easy to listen to.

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