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.