Citizen Boy – Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza

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Citizen Boy is a Durban electronic producer pioneering the Gqom sound emerging out of Durban, South Africa. His fellow Gqom Oh! label-mate DJ Lag called the localized genre, “a mix of elements of hip-hop and house.”

Citizen Boy’s track ‘Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza’ is a tribal dance beat that tries to encapsulate the resourceful experiences of “Zulu culture and history.” The song also translates into ‘who cares if we dance under the influence of drugs.’

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Fakear – Jonnhae Part 2.

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Fakear is the artist name for Théo Le Vigoureux, an electronic producer based out of Caen, France. His most recent album Vegetal: Offshoots was recorded at the same time he crafted his debut album Animal.

Says Fakear on his Bandcamp page:

‘The fulfilment of the circle of life. Animal is nothing without Vegetal; written at the same time and with the same will.’

Taking influences from around the world, Fakear this time focuses his palette on India. Of the seven track spiritual journey, the last track ‘Jonnhae Part 2’ may be the most uplifting and ethereal.

Godriguez – Maxlushcarloswc

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“Do the thing.” Those are the words that appear on Godriguez’s Soundcloud page. The urgency to make interesting beats drives this Sydney-based producer, known for the sweet sounds behind MC Sampa the Great.

‘Maxlushcarloswc’ is his latest jazz-infused drop, contributing it to Mixtape #6 – The Dreamy One released from the Wondercore Island imprint.

Grab a copy of the album here. All profits raised go to the Australian-based Yothu Yindi Foundation Indigenous Education Project supporting indigenous cultural maintenance.

Ensemble Entendu – Peel Back

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Sam O.B., one half of Ensemble Entendu

Ensemble Entendu is Brooklyn-based duo Sam O.B. and Photay, both representing the Astronautico dance label. Their debut album Selected Rhythm Works, Vol. 1 is a melange of sounds including house, dub, reggae, and dancehall. The track ‘Peel Back’ is a particular bouncer that pairs 80s funk to African drums. Proper listen.

Download the album on Bandcamp


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Pavel Dovgal – Floating Beams

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From Russia with love (image via fb)

Pavel Dovgal is an electronic producer from Russia known for his hodgepodge of sounds, most notably electronic, hip-hop, and downbeat. His forthcoming album on Berlin-based Mooncircle sees him expanding a multifaceted palette.

According to his Facebook page, his recent trips around Asia along with his studies of 70’s music and Ethnic African sounds have influenced the new album Aura. Take a listen to the euphoric teaser track ‘Floating Beams’ and you’ll hear samples from across the world. The album promises to bring listeners on a spiritual journey.

“Pieced together from sounds and samples from all over the globe, the album’s aim is to charge listeners with harmony and a feeling of connectedness to the world. Reflecting on his own attitude towards life and the importance of inner balance, Pavel attempts to share some of the spiritual experiences he made while traveling.”  — Project Mooncircle

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