Album: Various Artists, Shangaan Shake (Honest Jon's)
Friday 24 February 2012
Shangaan Shake features the idiosyncratic techno-dubstep creations of South African producer Richard "Dog" Mthetwa, remixed by his contemporaries from around the world – Chicago footwork DJs Boo, Rashad & Spinn, Detroit techno auteur Theo Parrish, Oni Ayhun from The Knife, and Mark Ernestus from Rhythm & Sound.
Mthetwa's sound is delightfully light and vital, not least in Ernestus' remix: with just the click of a beat, an elastic twitch of synth and a smear of background pad, it manages to be minimal and metronomic yet swing irresistibly. Elsewhere, Old Apparatus devises a miasmic dubscape, and Parrish blends fluid bleeps and a chattering beat into a 13-minute gallop of berserk bonhomie. Wild, and free.
Download this: Mark Ernestus Meets BBC; Theo Parrish Meets Mancingelani; Oni Ayhun Meets Shangaan Electro
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