Music releases: Tradi-Mods vs Rockers, The Kill & Daddy Owen
Reviews of music from South African band The Kill, Kenyan gospel singer Daddy Owen and two African dance floor collections from Belgian label Crammed Records.
Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers ?
The Sound of Club Secousse
The Belgian label Crammed Records are dance-floor assassins, with two recent releases getting the kids sweaty. Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers features remixes of African music by artists inspired by the Congotronics sound. The cacophony that is Deerhoof meets the genius that is the Kasai Allstars, whose rolling drums and bass-led melodic rumblings are compounded by the electronic psychedelia of the San Francisco-based quartet. The second release, Radioclit Presents: The Sound of Club Secousse, features straighter remixes of African dance anthems. Muscular and worldly, these have been culled from dance floors and re-engineered by DJ Radioclit to add more punch; Ivorian favourites Magic System get the treatment, as do Congo’s Lutchiana. Both albums are party-accelerators extraordinaire.
Think The Black Keys meets Rage Against the Machine. The Kill is packed with the hard-rock fury one comes to expect from this South African band but also manages to include garage and gospel sounds. The best bit? The guitar genius that is Phil Klawansky.
Daddy Owen ?and Friends
Riding high after winning Best Anglophone Act at the MTV African Music Awards, Kenyan gospel singer Daddy Owen is making Christian music videos stylish. In ‘Saluti’, he tours Kenya with six female vocalists who each sing in their mother tongue.