Like most artists on Hyperdub, the dance muscles of production trio LV are plugged into their cerebral minds. Their first album, ‘Routes’, was a collaboration with poet Joshua Idehen and this, their second, steps purposefully into the world of kwaito, (African house), mingling with roughneck London beats, fronted by South African MCs Spoek Mathambo, Okmalumkoolkat and Andile Sitemela & Sello Mangwane of the duo Ruffest. ‘Sebenza’ – which means ‘work’ in Zulu – is edgy and rammed with bleeps, whether Spartan-slow on ‘Spitting Cobra’ or Atari techno on the gutsy ‘Nothing Like Us’. ‘Animal Prints’ is 4/4 house but ‘Sebenza’ ranges and explores, opening sonic doors that deserve more regular use.
File under Afro-electro-hop
Download ‘Zulu Compurar’, ‘Nothing Like Us’, ‘Primus Stove’
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