1. XtetiQsoul – Revelation (Original Mix)
XtetiQsoul is one of the SA’s pioneer and best house music producer. I recall 2015 in December having a little talk with him. He would tell me about the importance of having a unique sound, and this song Revelation is just an example of what he was talking about.
2. Culoe De Song – Umoya
This song has a sense of unity and a cultural rejoice of our traditions, It is my favorite track that takes me back to my roots!
3. Ta-Ice – Four Fathers
Ta-Ice is so different in his sound… When I first heard this song I was surprised at the gravity of creativity he has in him. I enjoy Four Fathers so much, it’s just a intelligent song on it’s own!!
4. Da Capo – Resistance (feat.Renee Thompson)
Resistance came out last year 2017. There emotion in this tracks climax is beyond what words can define. That is how I can explain it to say the least…
5. SoulPoizen – Jungle Visions
SoulPoizen knows how to create a pure Afrobeat sound that can take you into a room of rumination Jungle Visions took me into that room, the sound is very tribal, and once in a while it is this song that remind me of the Afro encryption I have in my production as well.
6. Culoe De Song – The Bright Forest
I rejoice to this song whenever I hear it. It is one of those tracks that reminds me of how beautiful and authentic our African ancestral cultures are!
7. Mr Raoul K – Sene Kela feat. Diabate (Mr Raoul K & Laolu Version)
Mr Raoul K is on of the true authentic African artist that sometimes I seek to find inspiration through his music. The listening experience of his music for me is a spiritual journey and discovery. Which is why Sene Kela has a special place in my heart. this track is truly one of my most favorite songs!
8. Bodhhi Satva – Papa (feat. Mohamed Diaby)
What a mature and enlightened sound coming from Bodhhi. I love this song so much even though I don’t understand the language sang by Mohamed that much, I still find myself in it. This shows you the depth that music can give you, it is a glue to all humanity at large.
9. Lorayne – Something About You
This is a throwback song I prefer to play once in a while. I have so many memories with the song, memories made when I was still growing up. I am a person who was naturally inclined in enjoying his personal time with adults. As an outcome, I fell in love with the song at 9 years, simply because my brother used to love it And that I have grow and I listen with meaning, It has introduced me into a whole new meaning that I appreciate so much!
10. Nomalungelo Dladla – Imiyalo
Lele X is best at giving reprise songs. Imiyalo is one of the songs that I never go through a week without playing, and the message in it is so profound. Imiyalo is a African Zulu name that translates as “Teachings” . Hence the song compels one to go through a introspection journey!
Mbulelo – The Robotic People EP (Transmat Records)
Growing up immersed in the deep and luxurious house music that dominates the airwaves in South Africa, 23-year-old Johannesburg producer Mbulelo has accepted the youthful challenge to invert the sound of his predecessors, and he succeeds splendidly on his first release for Transmat, The Robotic People EP. Encrypted with African rhythms and production structures, the record’s four tracks rewire the core of techno and broken beat to deliver beats that challenge even the most sophisticated DJs and dancers. No wonder Transmat founder Derrick May—always an advocate for shaking up the dance floor—has embraced these obtuse grooves.
Mbulelo is the latest electronic music prodigy to be given a global platform on the Transmat imprint, placing him in the ranks of future greats like Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen and Aril Brikha. His eager experimentation caught the ear of Transmat founder Derrick May, who heard echoes of his own youthful sonic adventurousness as Rhythm Is Rhythm in Mbulelo’s fearless use of staccato beats and surprising synths.
The four tracks you hear on the EP were hand selected by May from an album’s worth of tunes delivered by Mbuelo in an eruption of creativity. “Orchestration” opens with stuttering kicks and snares that slide in and out of lockstep with clanging African percussion and a spectral police siren that reminds listeners of the tough urban terrain of Jo’burg that, like Detroit before it, gives its creative souls an edge over those fortunate enough to emerge from more cosmopolitan backgrounds.
The title track shifts gears to a spacious groove that breaths gently in panning stereo while “Origins” quickens the pulse with a synth vibrato so sinister that it doesn’t need to raise the volume in order to raise the hairs on your arm. And closer “Panacea” offers the relief implied in its name with swaying wood and chime hits that tap out an alien code.
Mbulelo – The Robotic People EP Transmat Records Release: 16th July 2018 Cat. No.: MS089 Format: vinyl & digital