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.
Its that time of year again, time to dash around choosing presents for your nearest and dearest. We thought we would help you out since it is the season and all that! Here are our HDD gift picks this festive season.
1. Toddla T – Watch Me Dance
One of the most listened to albums this year at HDD HQ. This album has seen Toddla T grow as a producer and work with an array of different vocalists including Roisin Murphy, Jamie George, Wayne Marshall and Tifa. The physical release includes the feature film Always Moving on DVD. The CD and DVD are available to buy here for £7.99 (+p&p)
2. Schlachthofbronx Airhorn
Life is better with airhorns, therefore Christmas is better with airhorns! What better way to show someone you love them than with this Schlachthofbronx airhorn. Available from the newly launched Schlachthofbronx website for 21.90euro (+p&p)
3. Murlo – Nectah
Its no secret that we love Murlo at HDD, his Nectah EP has just been released on Pollinate records and is the perfect stocking filler. The release is available from Juno at a steal of £2.99
4. Mixpak Wave & Wine t shirt
Better than the usual Christmas socks you find in your stocking, this Mixpak t shirt features African print inspired lettering spelling out a soca phrase. How could we not love it! Available from the Mixpak shop for $25 (+p&p)
5. HDD Dance t shirt
We couldn’t have a Christmas gift guide and not include our much loved new HDD t shirts. Available for £15 (+p&p) from our online shop
6. Shimmy Shimmy Shabba Ranks t shirt
A sunny t shirt featuring one of dancehall’s legends Shabba Ranks, these tees have been so popular that the Shimmy Shimmy crew have re-printed just in time for Christmas. Available for £25 (+p&p) from the Shimmy Shimmy website
HDD resident Murlo has just put up the previews of his forthcoming Ep on soundcloud. It’s out on the 21st of November on the excellent Pollinate Records. The Ep consists of four new tracks including Transform which features Germany’s Doubla J. We are very proud of Murlo getting to release his first EP, his productions are incredible and have been a staple of our sets over the past year. When we first heard Murlo’s Palms Out mix last year we realised that there may be dj’s and producers who we like and influence us but no really did in the same way as Chris. So a massive congratulations and please cop on the 21st.