The Large dropped her new mix late Friday afternoon and we had to post it this weekend because it’s that good. The Fresh Fruits mix combines all that she loves dancehall, soca and its musical cousins. Exclusives from Murlo, Rizzla and more and drops from Machel and more. This mix is great and will be in the running for best of the year. There is such a great balance of stuff on here and many slept on songs. For example Spice’s Nincompoo which won’t get as much love as it should from other musical outlets. Go listen to it now, also artwork by Robin Clare is not to be sniffed at. Fresh Fruits Mix by the_large
This one flew under our radar Dutty Artz‘s Robzilla released a new EP last month with Jahdan Blakkamoore (who might have worked with almost everyone we like). The highlight of the EP is the title track World Keeps Spinning just goes.Check it out here and buy on itunes here.
Murlo is back with his third appearance on Just Jam. Things are ramping up for the young producer /DJ as he gears up for some goodies coming up soon. Also you might want to catch up with one of his other passions as his work is part of an exhibition this Thursday (6th September) which is near Liverpool Street Station.
Whilst we were compiling our World Carnival 2 mix we fell in love with Jumping Back Slash‘s productions. The Pollinate records, SA based Artist makes some of the best and varied tropical music around. We caught up with him and decided to ask him about his work, South African music and what else is in the pipeline.
Who are you?
I am Jumping Back Slash. I am originally from the UK but I live in Cape Town. I have lived here for nearly five years. I make tunes and release them on Pollinate Records in the UK
Right now it’s hard to pin down what you make, so how would you describe your current productions?
God knows. Right now I’m flicking between making 128bpm deep house and then 160bpm kasie kwaito sghubu. I’ve always described my tunes as afrotronical space music which is probably a bit bollocks but I can’t think of anything better.
Does living in South Africa affect the music you make?
Living in South Africa is the biggest influence of all. My early tunes owed a massive debt to golden age Kwaito, that 90s sound, Trompies, Chiskop, Arthur etc. Since I’ve settled here my tunes have spread out a bit from deep trippy tribal stuff and hyper-fast Shangaan style stuff. All of it comes from being here and breathing the air. I’d like to think my tunes are a dialogue with my surroundings and the cultures here. Fuck knows what I’m saying though.
Who else apart from Spoek Mathambo should we be checking out from South Africa?
BIG FKN GUN, BLK JKS, DJ Call Me, DJ Pacco, DJ Big Space, Dirty Paraffin and loads more
5) What projects do you have coming out soon?
The recent 160bpm stuff should hitting a vinyl in the next few months. I’ve also been working with DJ Big Space on a House collab which has been a lot of fun. I’m sat on a lot of tunes at the moment so I’m also shopping a few things about and seeing who bites.
If you are not following rapper Chase N Cashe on twitter you are missing out on some gems. Not only is he incredibly honest about what is going on in music but he will often point you towards some great music out there. Yesterday was no exception, he pointed his followers in the direction of Future the Prince, who is Drake’s DJ , soundcloud. On it is this alluring remix of Frank Ocean’s Thinking About You. The remix itslef flirts on the line of big room dance music alongside a subtler more introspective vibe. Personally i prefer when the instrumental calms down to fit the vocal but the big room part doesn’t put me off. It’s a fun mixture of both approaches that leaves you as a listener wanting more.